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“This is a good starter kit to have. The different types of tobacco each have a unique flavor & style which will help you choose a taste to your preferences if you continue to pursue pipe smoking. The tools and cleaners are pretty self-explanatory: they serve their purpose well. The Brylon pipe is OK. It does take some time to season, tends to burn hot, and accumulates a lot of tar. The diameter of the pipe is great because it brings out a lot more flavor from the tobacco than a narrower pipe might. I would recommend buying an inexpensive, Corn Cob pipe to use as well. That way, you can get a different sense of the experience and know if it is something you enjoy doing.”
“Great tobaccos. The pipe is OK. I took the previous poster's advice and got a corn cob pipe along with the sampler and am I ever glad I did. The brylon pipe gets way too hot to hold and requires constant relighting. Also the tobacco at the bottom of the bowl gets wet. Now I pack the corn cob pipe the exact same way and no problems and due to its thicker bowl, it stays cooler to the touch where I can hold the pipe by the bowl. The tobacco stays lit, the flavor remains smoother and not bitter all the way to the end. Is it just the the Yello-Bole brylon pipe that came with the sampler or can expect similar results with other brylon pipes? I like the very reasonable prices of the brylon pipes however before I give up completely on them will a thicker bowl design be better or should I just go to briar pipes?”
“I don't mean to be rude to TG's review, but I felt the need to add a different perspective. The bowl probably gets warm but trying to puff slower should help regulate the heat, and yes a briar pipe will do better with the heat issue. If a pipe requires relighting constantly, it is due to packing the tobacco a little too hard into the bowl or moist tobacco. I'd be a little more gentle when packing the bowl so it's not so dense. It's all a part of learning. As well the bowl getting wet is due to drooling, it's not a pipe issue. Overall, all of these things take time to learn, which is why these starter kits are a great way to jump in. I encourage my friends to learn with one of these, and invest in a more expensive pipe once they get the hang of it. :)”
“DS,I am no expert, but aromatics tend to smoke wet. It is not uncommon for aromatics to puddle, goop up, or even gurgle. So try drying the tobacco out for a bit.”
“The Captain Black Gold is OK.. mellow tobacco flavor.... The CAO is really good and sweet, but don't like the Sutliff Outdoors....the brylon pipe ....gets too hot too fast....”