Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large.
There's alot of referance to T.R. here at PSF . People will say check out whats said about a certain blend or maker etc .. Being that T.R. is an opinion poll , if you will , I thought I'd like to bring up a pont about using it as a "newbie" being we've had alot come aboard lately . I've been smoking a pipe for alot of years and when I first got on TR I looked at blends that were my favorite to see what was said . To my suprise every blend I looked at had almost polar opinions through out the review . So I thought " how does this help ? " The answer for me was reading the review and finding someone who liked something as much as I did , maybe for the same reasons ,and finding the same persons who didnt like something in the same way I didnt . I'm not talking about just one blend but in general . So I use those people as a benchmark when looking at a new [ to me ] blend . Basicly being familiar with a number of reviewers will help you pinpoint what the blend will be like . Honestly , some people on TR are Idiots . I mean way way off .... so you gotta find a benchmark or you might be getting the opinion of someone who thinks Latakia tastes like a flower dipped in merlot . I could write down a list of real good reviewers ..but ... That wouldnt help you .you gotta find yer own . If you've only had one blend then you're at first base . I'd wait till you've had at least 3 Differrent types of blends [ aromatic , vir , english ] on your own before seeking opinions . Or you can skip it all and just smoke Golden Extra . And while out and about if ya run across Three Nuns or edgeworth .... send them to me cause they're real bad and have been known to dammage peoples brains :velho: