Cigarettes vs. cigars: No comparison, baby!
Many moons ago, back in my college days, I picked-up the nasty habit of smoking cigarettes from a friend who lived in my dorm; menthols were my preference. I was also into smoking a pipe at that time. I used to buy my pipe tobacco from this great little tobacco shop. They had a big humidor stacked floor to ceiling with all the best premium cigars. At the time, I had no interest in cigars. I guess I thought a pipe was cooler. Boy oh boy. How does that song go? If I only knew then, what I know now.
Anyway, back to cigarettes. Even though I smoked them pretty regularly for a while, I was never totally hooked. I'd get a bad cold, would have to stop smoking, and usually quit altogether without missing them at all. Later on, when I was in a band, I got back into them. Peer pressure I suppose, since most of the guys in the band also smoked cigarettes. My guitars even have little black burn scars on their peg heads as a reminder of my old habit. (I used to place the cigarette between the low E string and the peg head to hold it in place.)
Some years later, after I discovered the wonderful world of cigars, I never looked back at a pack of cigarettes. Just the thought of sucking in that rancid smoke made my stomach queasy.
Of course, some old habits die hard, and having recently gone through a little personal trauma, I picked up the habit again to ease my stress. I've only been smoking a few cigarettes per day, because that's about as many as I can stand, and I'm pretty sure this will be my last pack.
Now the reason I bring this up is because I think the cigarettes are having a negative effect on my palate when it comes to enjoying my cigars. It seems that when I light up a good cigar these days, they taste flat and bitter.
Now I know that there are many cigar smokers out there who smoke cigars and cigarettes, cigars and pipes, or a combination of all three. So my question is, if you're a member of the group who smokes both cigars and cigarettes, and you prefer cigars, do you feel that the cigarettes prohibit your palate from picking-up the flavor nuances of the tobaccos in your cigars?
For me, it's one of the reasons I've decided to drop the cigarettes for good. I just love the flavors in premium cigars too much to ever want to go back. After all, my palate is my livelihood.
Lesson learned. Your thoughts?