I would say to make sure to mix your tobacco up in its container before you load your bowl so that you don't just load the dry tobacco, if you do then it will burn fast and without flavor. Also you might want to check your water level, if its not filtering through the water it will taste awful. Make sure the water is 1 inch above the downstem. Although I truthfully believe you just need to mix your tobacco up is all. Try it and let us know how it turns out.