Alan,
I agree with you that this paper is slow and also softer than most VC papers I work with, if I think about it it is the softest, softer than Agfa, Ilford and Forte. So not first choice for deep blacks, but lovely for portraits etc.
Slow? No problem:
1. sheet, switch on enlarger, prepare water for tea
2. sheet, prepare pot for tea.....
Really slow means Oriental New Seagull Warmtone graded from 1995(?):
1. sheet, prepare tea complete
2. sheet, go to bakery for some cookies....

Ilford Warmtone FB is nice but the price ....and Ilford papers do not lith very well.
Agfa MCC is a compromise, not really that warm, nice price and resonable lith performance.

Wolfram