So a couple of thoughts - perhaps you old farts can reinforce this for my fellow nubes. I have been having some issue with tongue bite/ burn ongoing. I finally decided to write my uncle and seek his sage advice. It would seem the same baccy would work great with no bite for a week at a time and then wham! I'd be sore again. Different pipes, same pipes; nothing seemed to matter. Of course I should have known. As a cigarette smoker (I hope to be done with them in the near future) I draw too quickly and too hard. EVEN THOUGH I THOUGHT I WAS SMOKING SLOWLY. This basic thing can be difficult to get the hang of. My uncle said, "smoke as slowly as you can". Simple concept, I thought. So that's exactly what I did. My loading skills are getting quite good at this point and I've found getting it lit well at the beginning helps quite a bit. This was the final piece of the puzzle. FLAVOR that simply didn't exist before came to the fore. No bite, no burn. Beautiful flavor! For any of us with this issue I would offer the same advice. It's pretty amazing. (Don't forget to experiment with moisture level too). Happy smoking to all.