I started on tobacco when I was 18. I started with a pipe. Once I joined the Army Infantry I was quickly steered to cigarettes. I still kept a few pipes and used 'em when I was off duty, but the majority of my smoking was cigarettes.
After eighteen years of tobacco use I wanted to quit nicotine, but it was SO hard! I quit cigs but smoked pipes exclusively for two and a half more years. Then I quit totally for the next nine and a half years.
A few months ago I impulse buyed a Macanudo cigar. I've had one or two good cigars a day for most days since. A week ago I bought a Dr Grabow and a yello-bole and have enjoyed an occasional bowl.
I'm quite experienced using a tobacco pipe. I can load a bowl in a few short seconds that will burn perfectly, and get through it with just one match. The mechanical side of smoking a pipe is easy and very familiar to me. I even used to make corncob pipes and sell 'em at the fleamarket when I was at the university. I have friends back in Texas that tell me they are still using them.
What I'm unfamiliar with is good pipe tobacco. My experience with pipe tobacco is limited to Captain Black, Smokers Pride, Borkum Riff, Velvet, etc. I've lived in the sticks by choice all my adult life. If I couldn't get it at a walgreens or a walmart, I couldn't get it. But today we have the internet, and it doesn't matter if I live in the sticks.
I'm hoping to learn from yall about the good stuff. I'm particularly interested in suggestion as to what are good examples of archtypes: Oriental, Virginia, English (or is English actually Oriental?), etc.