Originally Posted by Dakins
More coals = bigger clouds, less flavor
Ice in the base = larger, smoother clouds, less flavor
You're sacrificing flavor for larger clouds. Also, make sure that the smoke hits the surface of your tongue when inhaling. Exhale through the mouth and nose simultaneously and you should taste the smoke a little better.
I recommend that you use less coals with a windcover, that alone should make a difference in flavor.
+1 i think its the ice in the base, as the melon dew flavour i have had recently was very mellow so the chilled base reduced the flavour, so you couldnt taste anything