Admittedly not the most accurate title, but I'll get to my point. I only started smoking today, and I've been reading the forum to get a good knowledge base for this new exciting hobby so as to not go do something horribly wrong, and end up hating pipe smoking forever. I bought a missouri meerschaum corn cob, and captain black white (i understand this isn't the best tobacco for beginners, it's just all my cvs had). I've smoke 3 bowls today, and enjoyed all 3 smokes for the most part. However, there is an ashy lingering smell in the cob, and while I understand building up the carbon in the bowl is part of the breaking in process, I'm wondering if this taste will ever subside, and allow me to appreciate the taste of the tobacco for what it is? I apologize if this question has been answered in another thread. After reading more than a few posts, I didnt see this exact question addressed. Any help from you more experienced smokers is appreciated.