I have smoked a pipe off and on (mostly off) for 40+ years. I have b een a pipe smoker for the last couple of years. In the last week or so, I have experienced a new sensation. The vast majority of times now I actually feel a stab of disappointment when I finish a bowl. The smoke has been so smooth, gurgle free, bite free and effortless. There is very little to no dottle. I get this experience with my cobs, meers and even the one briar I have in rotation. I guess I am starting to get the hang of it.