As a new member of these famed forums I'd like to ask the opinion of some of the pipe smoking friends from 'across the pond'. Here in the U.K. I and I'm sure many other pipe smokers can only sit filled with envy at the sheer variety of absolute top class pipe tobacco available at tear welling prices you have over in the U.S. It only takes a few glances at the reviews on YouTube to see how different the smoking habits are 'Stateside' compared to here. U.S. reviewers invariably are seen sporting at least D sized pipes while here a C is the norm. I assume this is related to the tobacco prices which allow for the U.S. smoker to use larger bowls. it would be unbearably expensive here for example for me to purchase a pound of really top class tobacco at regular periods and manage to build up a cellar to equal anything I've seen from the pipe smokers in the States. But thanks to a friend that may be about to change, albeit temporarilly. For quite a while I've been waiting for an opportunity to get my hands on some of the famed bulk blends from the U.S. Especially the blends which I'm told by friends, are an equal at least to my regular smokes of SG Skiff and Commonwealth. I was asked to choose three different blends but limit the choice to one pound in weight. I chose four ounces each of Pirate Kake and Star of the East and added eight ounces of Peter Stokkebye Balkan Supreme. Now I know I could have made a much different choice but as is always the case, second thoughts and doubts are rearing their heads. You see how easy it is to get spoiled. So, my question to you is simple, Do you think this is a wise choice or would you have chosen differently? Remember, I'm asking because you as U.S. smokers will know far more blends that are available than I do. I think my choice isn't too bad ( for a Latakia freak ) and now I'm like a child during advent.