Those that know me know that I consider rope tobaccos to be suspect... suspect in the sense that I'm not sure they are tobacco at all, but perhaps some cruel joke, perhaps made of a combination of pencil shavings, manure, soil and charred mice guts, with a half-carafe of nicotine added. My comparison was to duct tape ones lips to the exhaust hose of a city bus. The video that was recently posted where the guy was smoking some and puking up half a lung seemed to tell my own story with these monstrosities. Strong tobaccos? Sure, I smoke a lot of them. The strength of these ropes doesn't come close to some of my favorites. But none of the ones I enjoy are 1/100th as harsh as the smoothest rope I've tried. So why oh why did I sample a bowl of Coconut Twist that was gifted to me? I LIKE coconut! Mixing it into the above concoction should have yielded the same mice guts after the mice got into the fruit cellar. However, I was cautioned to try it without clenching. Puff the pipe while holding it like a cigar. A short breath inhale, remove pipe from mouth, taste the smoke and quickly expel. This worked, to a degree. It was less harsh. Perhaps the exhaust hose of a Honda Civic now. Some actual flavor could be discerned. It wasn't good, but it didn't threaten to make me vomit. I can almost see how someone could smoke a small bowl of this on a $100 bet, if not how anyone could do it and truly enjoy it. It almost made me believe it was actually pipe tobacco, albeit a grade such as what goes into Paladin and M79. And that's a REAL improvement! Any of you rope aficionados smoke this way, or are you all iron-lunged, tastebud-burnt macho hombres who eat trees whole and crap out splinters?