Congrats on discovering that "aha" moment. You'll learn over time what works best for you. And sometimes what worked well one time (or many times) can't be replicated. That's the nature of pipe smoking. We're always trying to get that next "aha". Oh, and by the way, as others have already said, like what you smoke and smoke what you like. There's absolutely no hard-and-fast rule that says you must smoke the most expensive blends. Some of the most ardent and experienced pipe smokers only smoke OTCs.