Puff is a great site to learn and gain information from much more experience members. I am with you as a pipe smoker. I originally started up last year with a few friends as a way for us to relax after classes and hang out. It wasn't until this year I really began to experience what pipe smoking is truly all about. I couple this and rotate it with my cigar smoking as a cheaper alternative, but more enjoyable during circumstances. I enjoy aromatic tobaccos too and I believe you were correct in your research on Frog Morton's as when I sampled some at my last cigar and pipe meeting they were very enjoyable and tasty.
It is quite unfortunate what happened to your corn cob, I would say to go back to the B&M and see if they can replace it since it sounds like it was a defect from what you explained with the hole. Welcome to the forums, and welcome as a new BOTL.