First pipe load of an English blend was "Early Morning Pipe" ....because a guy on here told me to him, "Latakia smelt like burning hair to him" I smelt it, but I wanted to get more out of it so I kept smoking it, I think you have to move past that. It's not at all an overwhelming or even strong smell of burning 'hair', but you 'may' smell it. Latakia in general is the process of curing where barns are filled with smoke of herbs, woods like; pine, oak, etc... so knowing that, Latakia smells the way it does, piney, but not a heavy musty piney like you'd expect(To Me...it depends on blend). Early Morning Pipe was a mild English imo, wasn't bad, but wasn't favorite. Next blend I smoked was Savinelli English Mixture ....loved the room note more than Early Morning Pipe, To me, smelt exactly like campfire. Wasn't bad, I liked it more than Early Morning Pipe, ...it had more taste, better room note to me. Smelt exactly like an old pool room. The best one I've smoked and I think I'm going to order a tin, "Rattray's Red Rapparee" I prefer this of all the others. I have to smoke more of it to tell you more about it. I see why people prefer Latakia/English blends over the aromatics. I don't see why people won't like it though, every single blend smells like Campfire right out of the bag, when lit, to me, some will change, some won't. It's a bit rough on the pallet though, feels rough to me after smoking 5-6 bowls in one day, and I don't inhale. I didn't have any tongue bite at all though. I prefer it.