I think this has been mentioned before, I can't remember where. I'm getting a salty taste while I smoke any English or Oriental. I've never experienced this taste before. I get this in both my briars and meerschaums. Every stem is thoroughly cleaned with pipe cleaners and water after my smoke. I've converted every pipe stem from vulcanite to acrylic. This has got to do with my body chemistry, I'm sure. I really don't mind, as I like the salty taste. I enjoy it because it's more flavor from my favorite smokes. Q. Anybody else get this taste? OBD.