I recently made my foray into the world of pipes by purchasing a Peterson Aran. Whilst it's a lovely pipe, every smoke since the first bowl of Frog Morton has had a rather unpleasant, acrid and ashy taste. I fear it may have been subject to Peterson's infamous "dip staining" practice. Or have I done something egregiously wrong? I've sampled two tobaccos thus far: Frog Morton and Frog Morton on the town, and the subtle ashy taste is noticeable with both varieties. I've probably smoked this pipe less than a dozen times, so perhaps it needs a bit more time to break in?
I've never smoked a pipe before (though was addicted to cigarettes for years), let alone an English blend, so perhaps I'm merely tasting the earthiness of Latakia. However, as I say, my first bowl of Frog Morton was delightful, without this bitter undertone, and I'm very partial to strong, even strange, tastes besides.
I light with matches, and try to smoke rather slowly, and I clean the pipe rigorously after every smoke (with bristled cotton pipe cleaner). Is it possible I neglected to break the pipe in properly? I went straight into packing full bowls from the off.
Well, I'm really at a loss, lads. I think I may just buy a cheap Savinelli and see if the problem persists. If so, I'll know it's my fault entirely. Any advice is warmly appreciated. I do love this little pastime, and am loath to give it up.