Well damn it - I found out why my cob was smoking weird... the damn thing has a filter cotton thing in it! I know, I know. Newb mistake. It's the first cob I've ever owned. I threw that little sucker out, and wow tobacco has flavor now!
I don't smoke too many aromatics, but when I do it's almost always in a cob (mix of MM Country Gents, Legends, and a Freehand) .
Sunset Breeze, Anny Cake, and Pembroke are some of my favorites.
I also almost always grab a cob when I'm fishing in a canoe/small boat (not a $$$ pipe to risk losing).
Something I noticed recently is that MM Ozark hardwoods seem to prefer aromatics. It covers the initial "burning wood" taste and breaks it in nicely.
After a month or so I think I'll try some other blends in the Ozark.
My cobs get everything from aromatics, Burleys (of course), Virginias and English blends as well.
But as mentioned by many, Burleys really do sing in a cob.
I like burleys and Virginias, and va/bur mixtures and flakes in cobs. I smoke them sometimes in my briars but I think they work better in a cob. My favorites are H&H Old Companion and SWR. I always smoke oriental and lat blends in a briar and never smoke any overly cased fruity sweet aromatics in anything.