Finally picked up a pouch of Carter Hall the other day at the grocery store. Good price so I figured if it was a nightmare I wasn't out much. Loaded a bowl in the cob and yeah,ok, I get it. It is just a good sturdy smoke. Every time I open a new tobacco I always smell it. I picked up primarily a dark chocolate smell from this with a hint of anise in the back. I may have just found my everyday smoke, it's got a good depth of flavor and doesn't bite.