Hey all, I've been smoking a pipe for around a year, and in that time, I've tried many in-house blends from local tobacconists. I've liked many of them, and disliked a few as well. Since these blends can vary so greatly from store to store, presumably less so than tinned tobacco, I've found it somewhat difficult to choose a blend that I think I'll like. So on to my question: are there any tell-tale signs of a good or bad blend that I could pick up on without first smoking the tobacco? I've followed my nose in the past with mixed results – some smell great but the casing is just too heavy, others smell alright but are fantastic when smoking. So what should I look/smell/feel for when looking for new tobaccos? Should I just bite the bullet and smoke them? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!