Lumber wise, I would rate the pipe as merely exceptional. Very clear tobacco flavor, the wood really stays in the background. You cut a wonderful pipe there, Todd. I've only smoked it maybe 15 times, as it's a little big for my daily piping purposes, but when I have a chance for a long car ride, or (rarer yet) a chance to sit and read, I grab that pipe. I've never had a large pipe so perfectly balanced and virtually unnoticed in my mouth. A blend like McC Oriental #14, something that really doesn't get a fair shake in my 30 minute running around the house - driving to work routine, has a chance to really reach a crescendo in it.