Here is the thing. Nuance is wasted on the people just getting started. They need something simple - not too many options. I think someone getting started either needs a briar pipe that has been broken in already and cleaned up for them OR they need a cob. Really something Like Carter Hall or PA is a perfect first tobacco. It is easy to load and keep lit. It tastes good.
Once they master the packing/smoking bit, it might be time to branch out a little.