I just read a thread here to the effect of: "I did not like latakia and now I love it," which inspired me to write this post. This is something we know, but I think we all need to be reminded from time to time, both seasoned and new pipe smokers alike. If you don't like a specific variety of tobacco, don't write it off. Move on and revisit it after some time, you may be surprised. Many fall in love with Latakia the first time (like me) and many don't like it, Latakia probably being the one that draws the strongest reaction (maybe followed by perique). I might be one of the few to love Latakia and Perique at first puff. However, if I had written off burleys, I would not be plowing through pounds of it. The same applies with straight Virginias and VA/Per blends. I used to find them boring for the longest time, until I found one blend that allowed me to understand Virginias and begin to enjoy them more fully. I am still a Balkan fan, but enjoy lots of VA's too.