So, is there really a fundamental difference between pipe tobacco and cigarette tobacco?
Before I get a blast of responses about the vastly wider range of types of tobacco, different aromatics, latakia, perique, ancient cured virginia, etc ..... yes, I get that, for sure. But you also hear some tobacco reviewers who complain that some pipe tobaccos, usually OTC burley-based aromatics, "Taste like a cigarette." So IS there really a difference between tobacco of that sort, and tobacco used in cigarettes? Except, of course, that it's cut differently? I read the Wikipedia article, and got something about "sun cured" tobacco being used for cigarettes .... but not for pipe tobacco?
There was also something about the chemical composition of pipe tobacco smoke being different, which allowed for absorbtion through the lining of the mouth. Apparently, much less nicotine is absorbed through the mouth with cigarettes.
One of the reasons that I ask about this is that I live in Indonesia and plan to make a trip to the island of Lombok, a little bit to the east of Bali, where a lot of tobacco is grown. It's usually grown by smaller holders, and there is a vast array of different types and variations, with simple classification as "burley" or "virginia" impossible. I remember seeing big piles of tobacco in the markets there, some of it of very high quality, but suited to rolling cigarettes (the locals always say that the big cigarette companies, such as BAT, only buy the low grades for general production!). In particular, there is one district, called Senang, which has become a bit of a "holy grail" for local enthusiasts, but mainly for those who like roll your own. The tobacco from that district has a very limited production and is therefore priced at about ten or fiteen times more than other local tobaccos.
What are the chances that a tobacco used for cigarettes such as that would also be suitable as condiment tobacco for blending?
I should point out that I remember a very devoted tobacco enthusiast once said he'd only ever had disastrous results with experiments like this. Haha. But going out to tobacco growing villages on a remote island on a quest like this still seems irresistible.