When I first started smoking pipes, I settled on one blend as my mainstay for about ten years: MacBaren's Scottish Mixture (as it was known then, nowadays it's just "Mixture"). Sure, I had some occasional Brush Creek or Sobranie or whatever, but the Scottish was what I always depended on. I tried some for old times' sake not long ago, and found it bitey and sharp and horrible. After a little research, I discovered that it has burley in it, and understood the problem-- I can't smoke burley at all, and haven't been able to for twenty years or so. It tastes like soap and bites my tongue. Didn't used to, but does now. I put my pipes away about three years ago in a misguided no-more-smoking effort, and my favorite tobacco at the time was Haddo's Delight, which for the uninitiated is a heavy perique blend. Well, now I can't even smoke Escudo, because perique has become dreadful to me-- sharp, peppery, astringent, and generally ghastly. (I still use homemade perique snuff, and it's really fabulous, oddly enough.) So, you newcomers and younguns: You might like what you like now, but what you like will change. Some of the change will be through maturation of discernment, and some will be through the physiological changes of aging. Sometimes I think it's a bad thing, because I sure did used to enjoy the hell out of Haddo's, but there's no doing anything about it. Can't listen to Grand Funk Railroad anymore, either, but that's a different story. Anyone else develop aversions to former old favorites?