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Boy was my understanding of tongue bite completely wrong when I was told about it by a local tobacconist...From my past understanding, I had always thought that tongue bite was simply getting your tongue scalded by really hot tobacco because of smoking too fast. I had later proved myself wrong, when smoking a bowl of Dan Tobacco's Blue Note for the first time (yesterday). I had unintentionally smoked too much, too fast, and felt my tongue sting like never before from the heat. I immediately set the bowl down to let cool in fear of cracking my briar pipe. After a few minutes, my tongue felt better, and the bowl was cool enough to smoke, so I properly puffed through the rest of my bowl.
Today...I packed another bowl of Blue Note, but to my surprise, it tasted incredibly...dull. At first, I thought I did something wrong with storing the tobacco, or something or another, but I finally realized that it was the tongue bite from the previous day. At first, I still dismissed it as nothing more than a scalded tongue, similar to sipping hot coffee/tea too fast. However, later in the day (around early-evening) I noticed that the pain from the tongue bite was gone, but everything still tasted bland, so I decided to check my tongue out in the mirror...HOLY HELL there was a fine white layer of gritty...stuff on the tip of my tongue. I now realize that tongue bite is far more serious than I had originally thought it was...it must have to do with something other than the heat of the smoke alone.
Anyways, anyone have any ideas how to fix this problem, or what exactly tongue bite is? I'm eager to taste the sweet fruity-bourbonness of Blue Note again, although the smell alone had me going for the past few hours.
Tobacco smoke is alkaline. Add a little heat and you get a chemical burn. When you smoke, drink a carbonated beverage (carbonic acid), coffee, a citrus drink, or something else acidic. In addition, pay attention to where the smoke is going and make an attempt to keep the surfaces of the mouth/tongue from being too close to the "nozzle". Aim the smoke stream in various directions during your smoke, so that one place in your mouth doesn't take all the heat, as it were.
I've never used it, but I am given to understand that Biotene mouthwash helps in emergency situations, too.
Last edited by freestoke; 01-11-2013 at 11:01 PM.
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It may have nothing to do with your tongue. Don't forget how much your sense of taste actually comes from the nose/sinuses. You're not really tasting tobacco so much as you're smelling it, and if your sense of smell is a little off on a particular day then tobacco won't "taste" like much.