I stumbled onto this site after starting pipe smoking a little over a month ago. I find it to be an excellent stress reliever and the contemplative mood that I find myself in with a lit briar is like a vacation for the mind, an hour at a time. My thanks to you gentlemen for the knowledge that you have shared, it has greatly enhanced my experience. Now, I'd like to get some suggestions. I started out with a Savinelli churchwarden and Frog Morton. I especially like this blend, I thought because of the Latakia in it, So I ordered a 50g tin of Three Oaks Syrian, and a 50g tin of Wilderness. I also got myself a Stanwell 63M Majestic and two cobs. I find the 3 Oaks to be not as sweet, and to my pallet a bit harsher than FM, The Wilderness is better, but has a sharper quality than the FM(which I assume are the Orientals and Cyprian Lat). So, on to my question: Is what I am chasing in the FM the sweetness of the Virginias? Can you recommend me as complex as FM that remains mild? I realize that my tastes will change as my experience grows and I may look back at this post as I puff on some pitchy english blend and laugh at my naivete. I was considering purchasing some Blackwoods Flake depending on how my Ebay pipe-bidding goes... Thanks again. P.S. I am currently smoking a 50/50 mixture of FM and 3 Oaks and I am enjoying myself thoroughly.