Ok fellow tobacco lovers, here's the deal (I have a feeling this post will be long):
I enjoy cigars occasionally. However, the problem I have with cigars is that most of the more interesting cigars are in sizes like robusto, corona, lonsdale, etc. These cigars will smoke a good hour, to hour and a half (at least for me).
Some of th cigars I have enjoyed in the past are (in no particular order):
Casa Magna (colorado robusto)
La Aroma de Cuba (it's a strange size, I think ceres) or something like that
I have noticed that when I sit down for a smoke, I become fatigued by the smoke at around the 40-45 minute mark. The room starts to spin and I start to feel whoozy.
I enjoy the first 20-30 min immensely.
Now I am considering pipe smoking, so that:
a) I can control the length of the smoke to keep it at around the 20 to 30 min mark and
b) I am interested to try some fun tobaccos and I get the sense that pipe tobacco (as a general rule) is less astringent, less harsh, less spicy than cigar tobacco.
Sure I understand that bigger bowl = longer smoke, and denser tobacco = longer smoke, so many pipes can last 2 hours or more. But my thinking is that I can control the amount of tobacco I put in the pipe and therefore adjust the length of the smoke.
So please give me your opinions on the following and either confirm or overturn my preconceptions:
1) Is pipe smoke smoother as a general rule than cigar smoke?
2) Is pipe tobacco and hence pipe smoke an entirely different beast than cigar tobacco (and also is it a more varied experience)?
3) Am I doing it [cigar smoking] wrong? /internet meme
That is, are there other cigars that I should be trying that perhaps would give me more enjoyment for less time? What say you about petit coronas?
Any sticks that you can recommend I try before I go down the pipe rabbit hole?
I only smoke about a cigar every quarter of a year, so I am by no means a regular smoker, but it is something that I enjoy and would I am considering switching over to pipes. Your advice and counsel is greatly appreciated.
(told you it would be a long post)