Your observation is exactly the same as my initial experience, and the same initial impression of most reviews I've read. Key, let it dry on a napkin or paper towel a couple hours (it's too moist out of the tin). Sometimes I'll place it in a microwave for 15 seconds, then she's ready to go. Also, use in a pipe that's only had straight VA's or non aromatic burleys. A cob or Meer is good as well.
It will taste as sweet as a white raisin, and with some age (6m-1yr) almost sweet as candy.