Alright, well, Terry (ProbateGeek) put a valiant effort to make me a pipe smoker by hitting me with about 8 different tobaccos, and now Brian (Desertlifter) decided to hit me with a MM cob pipe and some 3 more samplers of tobacco! I really need to smoke through a bowl of each to figure out what I like still.
I've tried smoking a pipe on and off for a while, and here's the thing. A cigar I almost never have a bad experience with. At this point, it's a sure thing. But with the pipe, it's a gamble! Most of the time, my experience is "meh." I have to relight, or repack, it's harsh (probably because I didn't store it right) or what-have-you. It's just a lot of work! But... when it's on, it's on, and quite enjoyable. Everytime I think I'm going to have my last bowl before permanently putting the pipe away, I have a decent experience, or my brother-in-law smokes his and the smell is just intoxicating, and I resolve to try again. If I can just get beyond the noobness, I think I might really enjoy it.
I've put some serious though into purchasing a nice pipe (I'd like to get myself a Savineli Trevi 606, it's just beautiful!), and am looking at trying to find some nice storage solutions for my tobacco that don't look cluttered (I thought about maybe a spice rack?)
Just as fair warning, I'll be posting some annoying noob questions, and looking for tobaccos to try once I've sampled some of what I've already been given. So far I've tended to enjoy the aromatics, but nothing fruity. I don't particularly care for the harsher tobacco flavors (I had some CAO Eileen's Dream, and it didn't have much flavor and seemed a bit harsh), or anything with much "bite" to it, but there have been a handful I have enjoyed. One of them is a blend called "Old English" my brother-in-law brought back for me from a shop in Cali.
Anyways, I hate you all for pushing me down this slope. I also wish I had enough time to really learn what I'm doing here! I've been given links to several you-tube videos, but those I can't view at work and never have time at home. I'll get to it one of these days!