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Whalehead King
11-23-2012, 20:15
I tried smoking cigars before I picked up the pipe. I didn't like them. I've smoked a pipe for about 6 years by now, and I picked up some cigars a few weeks ago. Now I have a humidor and more cigars than I know what to do with. Alright, I'll be honest, I do know what to do with them.

It may just be a passing fancy or it may be a tectonic shift in how I enjoy tobacco. Admittedly, smoke for smoke, a cigar is more expensive than a tin of tobacco if measured by the time it takes to consume a dollar. I am a cheapskate at heart, but I find more of a basic enjoyment from a cigar. I love all the fiddling around and tamping and charring and coaxing a smoke out a bowl that pipe smoking brings, but I also appreciate the relatively quick efficiency that a cigar delivers.

I don't mind taking forty-five minutes out of my day to smoke a cigar down to a useless nub on my front porch. With a pipe, I'll give up in mid-bowl, find something else to do, and then come back to the bowl later to smoke it down to the dottle. It isn't that I don't know how to smoke a pipe down to ash with minimal fiddling and maximum enjoyment. It is that I just enjoy smoking a cigar. I like walking around the block with a cigar in my mouth much more than I do a pipe, though I do enjoy both.

Perhaps it is just a case of a flush of the new. I still smoke and enjoy my pipes, but not so much as I do the cigar. It may be that the cigar is the new kid at chez King and it gets more attention. It isn't a contest between cigar vs. pipe, but finding an appropriate balance.

Time will tell. I thought the cigar forum of PSU would be an interesting place to share this.

Smoke in good health,
WK

IrishRover
11-24-2012, 00:03
I haven't gotten used to the cigar yet. Although; I've only smoked a few over the years. I just have never found one I liked.

psquared
11-29-2012, 14:06
I came back to pipes from cigars, but I have not left cigars. I enjoy both, some of the reasons you give are common to my experience. To me, the flavors are so completely different that they both have a place in my smoking lexicon. The cigars that I enjoy have a certain fermented spice that I cannot yet find in pipe tobacco. Likewise, pipe tobacco has a personality and flavor profile that cigars do not. I cannot abide an infused cigar, but certain aro pipe tobacco I find intoxicating even though I consider myself more of a English/Balkan aficionado. I cannot put my finger exactly on it. However, one common factor between them is the peaceful time spent enjoying the smoke.

smithjason
03-20-2013, 20:25
I tried smoking cigars before I picked up the pipe. I didn't like them. I've smoked a pipe for about 6 years by now, and I picked up some cigars a few weeks ago. Now I have a humidor and more cigars than I know what to do with. Alright, I'll be honest, I do know what to do with them.

It may just be a passing fancy or it may be a tectonic shift in how I enjoy tobacco. Admittedly, smoke for smoke, a cigar is more expensive than a tin of tobacco if measured by the time it takes to consume a dollar. I am a cheapskate at heart, but I find more of a basic enjoyment from a cigar. I love all the fiddling around and tamping and charring and coaxing a smoke out a bowl that pipe smoking brings, but I also appreciate the relatively quick efficiency that a cigar delivers.

I don't mind taking forty-five minutes out of my day to smoke a cigar down to a useless nub on my front porch. With a pipe, I'll give up in mid-bowl, find something else to do, and then come back to the bowl later to smoke it down to the dottle. It isn't that I don't know how to smoke a pipe down to ash with minimal fiddling and maximum enjoyment. It is that I just enjoy smoking a cigar. I like walking around the block with a cigar in my mouth much more than I do a pipe, though I do enjoy both.

Perhaps it is just a case of a flush of the new. I still smoke and enjoy my pipes, but not so much as I do the cigar. It may be that the cigar is the new kid at chez King and it gets more attention. It isn't a contest between cigar vs. pipe, but finding an appropriate balance.

Time will tell. I thought the cigar forum of PSU would be an interesting place to share this.

Smoke in good health,
WK

Interesting comparison but I prefer CIGARS specially Cuban

vampeta
05-28-2013, 14:05
for what concerns my opinion I have to say that at first I consider myself as a pipe smoker, however whenever smoking a pipe it's impossible,I turn on cigar.
when I can choose there is no contest, pipe forever, however there are few occasion when I choose cigars, that is to say after a very heavy meal or when I drunk too much alcohol.
I'm lucky because in Italy we're plenty of good and affordable Kentucky cigars, of course Kentucky is ones of my favourite taste in pipes too.
enjoy yours slow puffs.

Paul
05-28-2013, 16:44
for what concerns my opinion I have to say that at first I consider myself as a pipe smoker, however whenever smoking a pipe it's impossible,I turn on cigar.
when I can choose there is no contest, pipe forever, however there are few occasion when I choose cigars, that is to say after a very heavy meal or when I drunk too much alcohol.
I'm lucky because in Italy we're plenty of good and affordable Kentucky cigars, of course Kentucky is ones of my favourite taste in pipes too.
enjoy yours slow puffs.

And in Italy you can smoke in a sidewalk café with out getting nadty looks from passer byes. At least when I was out there a couple years ago I didn't have any problems.

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Wyatt James
06-01-2013, 07:32
I tend to turn to the cigar a little more in the summer, not entirely sure why.

vampeta
06-14-2013, 23:01
And in Italy you can smoke in a sidewalk café with out getting nadty looks from passer byes. At least when I was out there a couple years ago I didn't have any problems.

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one of few advantages of living in an unpolite country! :-)

St. Bernhardt
10-03-2013, 20:15
I smoke a cigar occasionally...they're stored in a humidor that I got from a tobacco store where I used to work. I keep the cigars moist by applying demineralised water to the humifiers so that the cigars are fresh when I decide to smoke them...

My favs are Partagás Series D, No. 4, and Macanudo.




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Gunsmoke
10-03-2013, 22:28
I was a strictly cigar smoker for close to 20 years before picking up the pipe. I still smoke them occasionally while working in the garage. Smoking a pipe is a pretty much sitting & relaxing activity for me. The spectrum of flavors is so much wider for pipe tobacco than it is for cigars, I have to say I enjoy my pipe much more than I ever did cigars. They still have there place & like I said I still smoke them & enjoy them but my pipe takes most of my smoking attention.

Hermit
10-04-2013, 07:50
I was a cigar smoker for thirty years before I discovered pipes.
I still smoke a couple a week and when I ride the John Deere
and whenever it's inconvenient to smoke a pipe.
When I switched to pipes, my cigar stash became a lifetime supply.

brendoxman
10-04-2013, 14:07
I enjoy both cigars and pipes but they each have their place in my life.

If I only have 10 minutes for a smoke, I will smoke a small cigar but if I have longer, then it depends on the situation.

I do find a cigar much easier to smoke if I am drinking and chatting, whereas if I am on my own, the pipe is always a winner.

My usual decision maker is time though. A decent cigar needs a good 45 mins to an hour or more, depending on the size. If I cannot guarantee that, I will smoke a pipe and am happy to put it down and return to it later whenever possible.

As noted by others, the beauty of a pipe is the huge variety of flavours that you can choose from. Although i have a huge variety of cigars from around the world, the range of flavour is not nearly the same!

If I have had a large cigar of an evening, I will often finish off with a mild virginia pipe tobacco.

Basically I love both cigars and pipe!!

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Toirtis
10-04-2013, 15:01
The trick is having a really good cigar. I smoke both pipe and cigars, and although I prefer my pipe, I do love a good cigar. Now, what you need to do is to discover just what cigar type is what you like, as there is a vast difference in quality and flavours amongst cigars, and most cigars will give you 2-3 flavour profiles during the course of a smoke.

UtahBob
10-04-2013, 15:11
I got into cigars a few years ago, and really went crazy with it, ending up with several coolers lined with Spanish cedar and humidifiers. Did the Cuban thing for a while, eventually realizing that I didn't really care for them, so sold them all off. Then got to the point that I looked at the quantity of cigars I had and realized that, at 2 a day, I'd be leaving boxes and boxes to my non-smoking son, so sold off most of those too. Now down to one large humidor that has several different sticks that I consider favorites. At one per day during nice weather, I figure I'm good for life!

But the pipe became, and remains, my choice for smoking throughout the day. I've never been organized/disciplined enough to dedicate specific pipes to specific blends, much less keep track of them if I had, so my strategy is to pull out 3 pipes per day, in no particular rotation, smoke the hell out of 'em, and get 3 more the next day, and so on, and so on. I have far more tobacco than I'll ever need and, in the mind of non-collectors, far more pipes than I should have, but I'm content. I likely won't ever buy any more cigars, but with the variety of pipe tobaccos out there, well, I doubt that will ever completely stop.

Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.:rofl:

pipedrum22
05-06-2014, 19:32
I know I'm a tad late on this post, but I will throw in my two cents anyways.

Pipes

Think of this as the guy who never wants to settle down with one lady. He's not looking for a long-term relationship, just something he can have fun with and pick up or put down when he wants to. The pipe is the same way. You can light it, smoke it, put it down for a while, come back to it and light it again. There isn't any pressure to finish it in a certain amount of time and it's just relaxing any old time. The flavors tend to be lighter than a cigar and the smell (depending on what the baccy is) is typically pleasant to people around you. The smoke doesn't heavily
cling to furniture or clothes and you aren't tasting the same baccy four days after you smoke it. Price is also a factor. I can buy 4 ounces of a great pipe tobacco for under 20 bucks and this will last me quite a few smokes. This is very beneficial to the smoker with a light wallet (me). On the other hand, packing, lighting, tamping, relighting, cleaning, etc., can be annoying to some people. However, I find all of those things to be some of the best parts about the pipe smoking experience.

Cigars

Let's think of this as that gal who is looking for the long term relationship. She wants to be in it for the long haul. Once you get that fire started, there ain't no turning back until the end unless you want to waste your money and your time and throw it out the door (literally). Cigars are the same way. Once you toast that cigar and light it up, you are in there for the hour or hour and a half time it takes to smoke the cigar. Putting down a cigar and coming back to it and relighting is not an option (unless you like tasting really wretched things). The smoke is very clingy and typically doesn't smell the greatest to others. However once a cigar is lit, all you have to do it sit back and relax and enjoy it. You shouldn't have to relight it or fool with it in any way other than to dispose of the ash. Price can also be a negative factor for those of us with a light wallet (me....again). Once cigar (a decent one, mind you) can cost $7+. However, sometimes a cigar can be just the thing you need at the end of a long day and it just hits the spot.

Smokester
05-22-2014, 18:33
I tend to go back and forth with the seasonal changes. Spring and summer I am primarily smoking cigars. Fall and winter, Its the pipe all the way.

Jon Yoo Suk
05-22-2014, 20:25
Pipe and Cigars in equal measure, love em both, you guys in the States are really lucky we get taxed about $180 a pound on cigars, and half that on Pipe tobacco, plus 20% value added tax, an example is Tatuaje petit cazadores reserva cigars, $4 a stick Stateside £7 a stick UK. RINSED.

Fr_Tom
05-22-2014, 21:20
I enjoy a good cigar, but I enjoy my pipes a lot more often. The cigars are mostly gifts, because I am frugal by nature. I can do a lot of pipe smoking for the cost of a single good cigar. Another issue is the "room note." I smoke in the house, office, car, etc. Most pipe tobaccos are more room friendly to non smokers in my experience.

twaksak
05-23-2014, 08:22
I'm more a pipe man - the whole ritual is enjoyable. Cigar to me is a "now and then" ... :-)

Whalehead King
05-24-2014, 01:02
I currently take to the pipe more often than the cigar, usually 5-1.

p120d16y
05-24-2014, 02:27
I like an occasional really good cigar, maybe every other month or two. Pipes every day.

revsmoking
07-30-2016, 04:21
I enjoy smoking cigars and pipes, I began smoking cigars 44 years ago when my brother asked me if I wanted to have a few drags of his Hamlet cigar - and hey presto I was hooked, although I was disciplined.I can go a few weeks without smoking a cigar, so when I do I thoroughly enjoy smoking my cigar.

Favorite cigar is a Henri Winterman Half Corona.

Sorringowl
08-06-2016, 16:12
I am predominantly a pipe smoker (mostly English) but, I've noticed as the summers are getting hotter (and more humid--even here in Los Angeles), there's something about a cigar that goes well with heat and humidity and so, for the past few summers, I turn to cigars on very hot days more and more. Maybe it's because cigar leaf is mostly grown in tropical areas and, to me, the smoke is not as heavy as an English blend coming from a pipe? In any case, once the temperature goes above 85, my English blends, for some reason, are just not as enjoyable. Virginias are okay in the heat, in fact, I think I like them better when it's a little hotter, but, I'm not a big Virginia smoker. Cigars, I find, though, just seem to fit well in the heat. That, along with a nice, ice cold glass of lemonade (or a Cuba Libre) make for a nice smoke...at least till the weather turns crisp again and I can really enjoy my English blends...