Hey guys, I'm a noobie pipe smoker. Many moons ago, I started off with cigarettes. While the rest of my friends became addicted, I didn't for some strange reason. I smoked cigarettes on and off for many years and literally would be able to pick it up and put it away whenever I wanted. Next came cigars. Being in Canada, I started off with Cubans because of the availability. Ironically, I grew to love Nicaraguans and Hondurans instead. Anyways, I haven't smoked anything for the last 3 years or so but wanted to get back into some tobacco out of enjoyment. I hate cigarettes (kills my lungs) and cigars are way too expensive in Canada so I turned to pipe smoking. I started about 4 weeks ago.. maybe less. I picked up a corn cob. They don't have missouri meerschaum here so I had to settle with a Fujima. Let's just say it works... but the bowl was tiny. My first tobacco was MacBaren Mixture (Scottish)... Don't like it. It was too wet in the pouch and bit like crazy. I tried to dry it out and it seemed to go from too wet to too dry. I've yet to have an enjoyable smoke from this. My second tobacco was Samuel Gawith Kendal Cream Mixture. Now this was definitely an upgrade from the MMixture. Very smooth with nice aroma and hardly bit at all! I recently ordered an extra large Mario Grandi and it arrived on monday. It's a tall full bent egg(?); and the bowl is about 3" tall and about an inch wide. The bowl fills my hand and it feels like I'm holding onto a grenade - I love it. I'll post pictures of it soon. I'm going to need to learn how to polish it because the original polish seems to be coming off and the pipe is taking on a dull appearance. I also placed an order from 4noggins. Here's what came in on Tuesday: McClelland Blackwoods Flake McClelland 3 Oaks Syrian McClelland Grand Oriental Classic Samsun GL Pease Westminster Cornell & Diehl Sunday Picnic Solani Aged Burley Flake 4noggins Bald Headed Teacher Of them all, my favorite has to be Westminster and Bald Headed Teacher. BHT is defintely the easiest to like because of its aromatic-like character. Westminster is just something else! I've never smoked anything like it and it reminds me of Laphroaig. It is so full of flavour and the aroma is nice (to me... but not the girlfriend). Blackwoods Flake was difficult for me. The first bowl was too wet so i had burn problems. I rubbed some out and let it rest for the day.. when I went back to it for the second time, it smoked a lot nicer but still seemed a bit wet. I can see why people like this though and I have to say that I am part of the crowd that also enjoys it. I have high hopes for this baccy once it dries out a bit. 3OS and CSamsun almost taste the same to me .. but then again, I smoked them back to back in my cob then briar. I've only tried them once each and they both seemed quite tasty so I have to say I like both so far. As for which one I enjoy more, I'll have to decide down the road. I tried to smoke Sunday Picnic in flake (broken) form but it refused to stay lit. However, despite the burn issues, I really liked the flavour and aroma. I've rubbed it out and am letting it dry out a bit before trying again. I just had a half bowl (my big bowl!) of Solani ABF and it knocked me on my ass - it is definitely strongest of the lot! The aroma is.. well, let's just say it's an acquired taste haha What do you guys think about my starting line up? Which ones would you recommend me to really focus on? Which other tobaccos would you recommend for someone who has smoked cigarettes/cigars for years prior?