I used to smoke cigars back before the pipe. I enjoyed one on occasion, but then discovered the pipe. It was cheaper and tasted better or so I thought. It has been a couple of years since I have smoked a cigar. With the pipe I smoke mostly Virginias and flakes and as such I believe my palate has become refined. I can pick out the various nuances of flavor in each distinct flake, but I had never had that experience with a cigar until now. One of my kids brought me back a Cuban Cohiba from a trip he went on. He had never smoked a cigar himself, so yesterday we went up to the B&M and smoked, him trying something light from the humidor and me the Cohiba. It was the best cigar I have ever smoked. Perhaps it was because it was a cuban, but I think it had more to do with the flavors that I was distinguishing. It went from hay and grassy notes to a full bodied milk chocolate to my palate and I was sad to see it burn out. I then went into the humidor and bought a few more that looked appealing. I guess I'm both a cigar and pipe smoker now, I enjoyed it that much. I attribute the pleasant experience however to a refined palate due to pipes.