Gator, I think whats going on is that you are one of the few people that can taste the "Kingsford Flavor" that comes from using it Minion style. Most people cannot taste it.
I actually don't know if I can or not, because I have never used it that way. I just know that it puts off a smell that I don't care for when I light up a chimney of it. Its a smell I never get from Stubbs, Kingsford Comp, or even plain old Royal Oak Briquettes.
I still buy it sometimes when its cheap, I just use it for grilling.