I'm still a newb--still learning what tobacco I like, how to pack a pipe properly, etc. But.... When it works, MAN what a relaxing experience. Been a cigar smoker for 20 years or so. Sort of lost my taste for them. Pipe tobacco is so different from cigars. So much more flavorful. I feel so much more relaxed with a good pipe. In a way I never did with a cigar. I like it. So there.