I stated before that I am new to pipes again after not smoking a pipe since 1971 or 72. I used to smoke Mixture 79 and Middleton's Cherry Blend exclusively. (They were pretty hot sellers back then) I tried them again recently and the Cherry Blend is awful tasting to me now and the Mix 79 bites so bad I couldn't even finish a full bowlful on three occasions. Something must have changed for them to be that bad now and I don't think it was me. Also I used to smoke a MM and Dr Grabo filtered pipe quite often and I can remember the filters lasting a lot longer than in the past. These medico filters crap out really quick now, like two or three smokes and they are totally shot.