About half an hour ago I bought a pouch of Paladin on a whim, since I had yet to try it. I know it gets a wrap for being possibly the most vile incarnate of pipe tobacco ever conceived. In fact, I'm wondering if the pouch I bought was previously blessed by a procession of priests or something. I just got done smoking it about 10 min ago, and I've lived to tell the story. I somehow managed not to get tongue bite, although the cob I smoked it in is clearly and irrevocably ghosted. The cherry smell does hit you over the head like a 2x4. I can't say too much as to the flavor of it. I'm in the midst of kicking a cold, and my palette is a bit fried at the moment. I figured I'd give it a try now, anticipating the bite, so that I wouldn't fry my palette with it when I didn't have a cold. All in all, I'm interested to give it a fair trial once the cold has passed. It does seem to smell good though.