I have been playing around with cigar blends. I tried C&D Habana Daydream, which is a very nice smoke, but only vaguely cigar-like if at all. I also got some "cigar leaf" from Pipes and Cigars dot com and tried mixing it. Even smoked straight (which I do not recommend), it is not very cigarish either. I speculated that the problem, if one could call it that, is that the flavor and aroma of a cigar comes mostly from the wrapper. I could not find any loose cigar wrapper tobacco on the retail market. Therefore I decided to sacrifice one pretty high quality cigar to science. Well, the top third of one at least. The stogie was a La Gloria Cubana Serie R that I picked up at the local brick and mortar. I was advised that it is very strong. As a control, I first smoked a bit of an intact cigar using the pipe as a cigar holder. It tasted and smelled exactly like a cigar - a strong one as advertized. Next I cut a third off of one, rubbed it out, and filled the pipe bowl. There was a huge difference. While distinctly more cigar-like than the bulk cigar leaf, it was quite different from the cigar itself. I will leave it to you all to speculate on why there was so much difference. It was not ghosting from the pipe, I am quite sure. The tobacco was strong enough to overpower an infestation of Caspers of biblical proportion. I am left with the conclusion that achieving a convincing cigar-note in a pipe tobacco, if possible, is not straight-forward. I am also left with a spinning head and slight nausea. I am a reformed cigarette smoker who probably never completely broke the nicotine habit, but that cigar toback in a pipe knocked me on my recliner.