Re: weird taste
It kind of sounds to me like you might have too much heat. I know there are some AF flavors (for example AF Golden Apple) where too much heat makes it taste like soap. Or AF Double Apple with too much heat tastes like menthol. It would check the how-to videos and be sure that you're not overpacking your bowl, then add heat slowly and see if the flavor is better before things get real hot.
Also, keep in mind that a wind cover will amplify the heat, in a way.
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