I won't say it's unheard of but I can say that the throat tickle should not be present. There are some flavors that it's sadly almost always there. Maraschino cherry is usually on the harsh side for about 10 minutes. I smoke Tangiers quite a bit and as long as it's acclimated properly (a pain to do in my state) and I pack it properly it smokes beautifully for me. If you think it may help out check out my video to show how I pack tangiers. I took influence from western pipe smoking and it worked out beautifully for me. It's an odd tobacco to say the least.