I just purchased my first meerschaum pipe (Altinok Santa Claus). I guess the title of this thread says it all. By type I mean Burley, Virginia, English, Aromatic etc. Not necessarily a particular named blend.
Many folks say aromatics.
I don't think what you smoke is as important as how much you smoke it. Smoke it a Lot and it will color.
I've done a lot of restorations and nothing slimes and clogs a pipe like a Captain Black or 1Q. Pipes clogged with 1Q literally bleed red, which may or may not be good for coloring a pipe- I really dunno.
In my own meers I have not seen aromatics resulting in more color than anything I might smoke (I have two aro dedicated meters and three others).
@Spillproof . I probably won't be smoking aromatics in my new meer, cobs are reserved for aromatics. It will probably see mostly Burley because that is my tobacco leaf of preference, although an occasional English is a possibility.
Like the saying goes, "A watched pot never boils". Don't worry so much about rushing the coloring or following any special technique for the meer to do what it's going to do naturally...all you have to do is smoke it.
Fill the pipe with any blend you like. Light it. Smoke it down to ash. Then repeat.
And just to obfuscate things even more, some meers barely color at all no matter what you smoke in it. Since it is an Altinok you have a 99.99% chance of it being a very well engineered pipe. So smoke it a lot and just know you have almost no control over the coloring process.
Pay attention to what you enjoy more in the meer. I don’t find that all blends are delicious in a meer. Penzance and Exotic Orange always appeal to me in meerschaum. Lightly topped codger burleys too. I’m not a huge fan of VA and VAPer blends in meerschaum fwiw.
FWIW, Irv Korn, the man at Royal Meerschaum, smoked black cavendish exclusively, mostly BCA. A face carving would have pink eyes after the first bowl, and darkened fairly quickly after that. YMMV. Peace.