Thought I'd update just a bit for no good reason. Four months after the post above when I was headed to a local shop, I've learned a lot. And still know very little. The guy at the shop sold me what turned out to be a LOT of three different blends that he said were the best sellers. One was absolute crap and I've since tossed all of it out. The other two were just sort of crap and when mixed together along with another not-quite-crap ounce of tobacco from somewhere else is OK. Something to put in a pipe when I expect to be occupied with something else...maybe driving...and won't pay too much attention to it. I don't tend towards any specific types of tobacco yet, but I quickly figure out what I like. I've gotten about six tins from from cigarbid for around $4 a piece and only one sucks. Two are not bad and three are great. The noob cigar/pipe trade here did help some, but I shoulda kept notes. Maybe because cigars are visually unique, I can associate specific cigar experiences in my memory much better than pipe tobacco. Need to keep trying different tobaccos.....I suspect that will be the theme for at least a couple years.