I am smoking my imported briar, Medico pipe like it is meant to be smoked, like I don't give a damn. I'm smoking the heck out of it. It gets best mid-way through the first bowl, and it doesn't quit getting better until the day is done. It isn't like any other briar I've seen. The wood must be imported from a country with a high shellac content in the soil. It certainly takes a shellacking and keeps on smoking. It doesn't ask for rest. An excellent pipe? In some ways, yes. Especially if you take advantage of the special deal on the back of the Medico Filter box. A $27.95 pipe for only $18.75. Money back if not satisfied. It's not my best pipe, but I'm not asking for my money back.