OK, last poll from me for a while. Probably.
My bowl of Tabac arrived yesterday (along with samples; thanks, Shaving Essentials!), and I just finished my first shave with it. I loaded my Rooney 3/1 with a few swirls, then began lathering on my face. I dipped one corner of the brush into water, and lathered some more. Wow, that's some very nice lather! Very dense and smooth, this is the best lather I've produced so far (vs. Col Conk and VDH). What's even better, I was able to lather for two more passes with just a bit more water -- I didn't need to touch the puck again (unlike Col Conk and VDH).
Face lathering seems to work well for me with Tabac (and Van der Hagen), but I'm curious: how do you like to lather your Tabac?