let the tobacco dry out before packing it, 20 minutes or so.
I Think the whislte sound is gurgle? from the juicy steamy tobacco.
Aromatics my not be the greatest place to start, as the burn scalding hot (usauly) and are so wet (usualy)
If you really want to give "pipe" a shot, I think you may have to make a small investment in a good pipe. I bought 2 estate pipes from ebay, $30 to my door. read up on how to clean them, and how to pack them and all the different tobaccos. And have been very happy. think I got pipe packing down, just takes practice.
I used to smoke pipe long time ago, had a cheapy pipe from the tinderbox along with their aromatic crap tobacco -stuff was like a blowtorch to the tounge- and would never stay lit. as a side note, I used to smoke their $1 and $2 dollar cigars also ........
then found club stogie, and that the more expensive cigars tasted better.. who would of thought???
I am Enjoying the cool burning and quite flavourfull english blends right now, and a really nice aromatic, macbarens vanilla cream, yum!
Well thats my take, and for the record I am a pipe noob.