So I got my first puck of Tabac and pressed it into my brand new old old spice mug, so do you guys build the lather in the mug and on the puck or just load and transfer to a bow (I usually bowl lather)
I would do whatever you usually do. Tabac lathers quite easily and I wouldn't expect it to cause you too much grief regardless of your method. When I had it, I always loaded the brush with soap and then face lathered. As with any soap, just make sure you load your brush enough. It's always better to over load than to not get enough soap onto the brush, in my opinion anyway.
Would you soak the puck
Perhaps when you first get the puck you could soak it, but with Tabac I don't think it's as beneficial as with something like MWF. I believe the main purpose of soaking is to allow you to load soap onto the brush more easily by making the soap softer, but I find Tabac is already somewhat soft and sticky and loads very easily. I certainly never found it necessary. You might like to try it though to see if it makes any difference for you. Good luck.
Ordered Tabac, tried Tabac, loved the lather, but hated the scent. Sold off the soap, AS, EDT, and balm.
It is one of the love it or hate it type scents, no doubt. There's been endless debate over it's scent on the forums here...ranks up there with The Veg and Arko in that regard.
In my opinion, it may be an "acquired" scent. I decided to attempt the 3017 treatment to a puck of Tabac, starting about two weeks ago. At first I didn't think I could stick with it, but after two weeks of (almost) daily use, it is starting to grow on me. I am pleased with this turn of events. I believe that if something requires some time to get accustomed to, it can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
To the OP: enjoy your new soap!