I didn't like the taste either. But mix it in equal parts with Half and Half or Prince Albert and it wasn't ad at all. The same with Sugar Barrel.
You just need a decent pipe and good tobacco. Most people will start with a cheap pipe and lousy tobacco.I remember Cherry Blend. It smelled good if you were 10-15 feet away from someone smoking it. I tried it myself and found it to be vile tasting. I have never really been a pipe smoker though. Maybe you have to get used to it.