Maybe this should go in the "ask an old fart" section, but it struck me that maybe people like their tobacco with different moisture content and maybe everyone has a different opinion. I'm a very new pipe smoker, but personally, I have been noticing that I prefer my tobacco much drier than what it comes out of the tin. In fact, it's been quite an epiphany to me: I've been doing it wrong all this time, the tobacco has been too moist. If I let it sit in front of my laptop fan, or spread out on some paper in the sun for ten minutes, that usually does the trick. I find that the burn is much better and requires no - or very few - relights, and the tongue-bite is significantly less, even with sweet aromatics. I also think the flavour is much improved. Much less of that dank, musty taste that reminds me of an old-folks home. So all in all, I prefer my tobacco to be pretty dry. Not crackling, crisp bone dry so that it turns into powder in your fingers, but nowhere near as moist as it is straight out of the tin.