I don't smoke many blends that contain latakia, but the ones I've tried so far have no tongue bite what so ever. Others must have noticed this as well. Of course, like everything else, this might just be my impression. Maybe it's because you don't have to puff as hard to get flavour with latakia - the flavour and aroma is so strong. Some virginias have very subtle flavour that you have to search for it, urging the smoker to puff more often. I smoke virginias mostly (and some McBaren's blends) so I am extra careful and slow anyway. The Va/Pers I smoke have also less tongue bite than straight Vas. I remember reading about Perique helping virginias with tongue bite. What do you think? It is worth noting that I am now smoking some PMP in a dublin stanwell - both very kind gifts from Mr. Andy Lowry.