I live and learn smoking from these forums. And for the most part I accept all the hints and tips, and rules to smoking. I've done okay so far. I've been smoking cheese for two years now and always followed proven forum advice. Cheese was great even months later. But... every once in awhile I have to test a proven theory. Don't eat fresh smoked cheese, was my last theory test. Everyone said it was like licking an ash tray, if tasted soon after smoking. They were wrong! I tasted a very small sliver off one corner of some. YUM! I was expecting something awful, but it was great tasting! ...at first taste. Now.... two hours later..., I am still "tongue licking" my mouth, trying to get rid of the ash tray taste. And it was a minuscule shaving too! ICKY! Yeah..., I think I don't mind waiting the minimum of 30 days for mellowing. It is much better then! LOL I knew it was gonna happen, but I had to try it! I should've been born in MO. But at least now, I can tell people to not do that, from experience, and not just hearsay. Cheese looks and smell great, and is in fridge drying until vac-packing tomorrow. Will crack some open for the 4th of July. No pic's. Done in the middle of the night. Have fun fellow cheese smokers. Laugh if you must. LOL I am. Still mouth licking to no avail.... Someone said, do it once and you'll never do it again. They were right.