I am Burak from Izmir, Turkey.
Been smoking cigarettes for almost 20 years now, last few years smoking hand rolling ones and finally decided to get a pipe. Wife was faster, gifted me a starter kit with a real decent pipe. It's a Turkish brand, Şahin, good quality briar pipe; half-bent apple I suppose, not really familiar with the terminology yet.
I got a few more pipes including a clay churchwarden so I can smoke properly; leave the pipes to rest in between smoking sessions.
Biggest problem I am having is finding good tobacco, I have access to some Captain Black blends (2 of them), MacBaren blends and Amphora Full Aroma and some Backwoods All Natural with a Cherry! writing on it; it sure doesn't smell or smoke like natural. And of course Yayladağ and Turk Pipo Tütünü (Turkish Pipe Tobacco), 2 Turkish blends from Tabac Turk.
MacBarens' are the 7Seas blends and also the Original Choice blends. I find that blending Original choice with TPT I can get a, well, half decent, smoke.
As a result of smoking cigarettes for almost 20 years I am pretty much immune to mild :) I didn't like aromatics, tried a few; can't really get anything out of them. Would love to try some English blends as I think the nicotine punch and the full taste will be to my liking.
No local tobacco shops here, no access to import tobaccos other than a few. Strict laws preventing people from opening tobacco shops and of course the almost non existant interest in pipes.
Any fellow Turkish smokers here? I would love to get some tips on where to find tobacco etc
Anyway, cheers people.