When I was younger I remember the old timers smoking pipes filled with a tobacco that had a rich sweet, almost incense quality. A smoke cloud that made my nose do a pleasent double take. This being said, I recently tried MacBaren's Vanilla flake. First I rubbed it out and filled my pipe...badly. Since I'm a noob at this realized a lot of practice was ahead of me to perfect the art, I opted to try the fold method for a quick test smoke. It was hard to light (too wet perhaps?) but once set for a bit it lit up beautifully. Here's where my disappointment started. To me it tasted like a slightly above average cigarette, the smoke smelled no different, a slight vanilla note maybe, no tongue bite thankfully, but not the rich sweet smelling smoke I remember as a child. What could I have been smelling?