Well, I'm new to pipe smoking. I've smoked a few cigars in the past, but they get expensive really fast so I decided to give this a shot. I've been enjoying it so far, despite the best tobacco at the local head shop being captain black. I got the gold blend. At first, it just tasted like warm air, then by the third bowl, I actually started tasting something and by the fifth, it was moderately enjoyable. I'll have to order some better stuff in a few weeks, but this should do until then.