Like many stories, this one starts with: "I swear I only intended on only spending $10." As an smoker of full english blends I occasionally enjoy an aromatic as a change of pace. I braved the flooding, and headed to the local B&M, about 10 miles away, to purchase a couple ounces of one their bulk aromatics--nothing particular in mind. Well, the jars of toby are kept on a shelf next to, ( sigh) alas, the pipes. The friendly guy behind the counter said it would be alright to come behind the counter to get a better look, and, well, who was I to decline. After rummaging through the mass of pipes, I came to THIS PETE NOSEWARMER with a P-lip. Now, I came across this pipe some time ago online, and at the time, it cost $100--this one was $60. So as you see, I had to buy it, and I did. As I proudly walked up to the register, carefully inspecting and sniffing the stem new aquisistion for any tell-tale rubber smell, I spied a tin of SG Commonwealth. Knowing I was already up to my arse, I told the gent, that I'd take the SG as well. When he announced the price ($10.50) I said "I'll take 'em all" (3 tins). Clearly, since I was on a, ummm, Saving Spree (yeah, that's it), I needn't mess with House Tobaccos, throw in some CAO tin my good man. Even with the taxes, my tally is $20 less than a compareable purchase made on line, and I get instant gratification! So I hop in the car and head off, back to work. When I arrive, I pop the Pete in my mouth and OH GOD WHAT THE @!!@@#$! The most gawd-awful rubber taste. The whole stem instantly turns green---ACK! Now a little dismayed, I bring the bit inside, like "maybe it'll wash off." No such luck. Just then the cleaning lady happens by, and I swipe her Ajax--I really did. After some minutes of scrubbing, the green came off. HMMM, now to polish it with some olive oil from the cafeteria lady, but she only has Itallian Salad Dressing (you know where, this is going, and yes, it was the creamy kind). Long, story short, it workered like a charm. I know, I know, you're saying "he put ITALLIAN DRESSING in an IRISH PIPE!!! ( effen noobs). I enjoyed my first bowl of Bella Vanilla, and not a hint of rubber, or salad dressing for that matter. I'll get around to fixing it properly, well maybe when my salad dressing runs out.