smoking to slow?
Hey guys I'm new to cigars and today I bought what is about my 5th smoke. I've read the blogs and reviews here and on other sites endlessly for the last 5 days to try and get educated before I start spending. So today I went to Tinderbox in Ahwatukee, AZ and bought 2 Flor de Oliva's (Natural and Maduro, Robustos) and a Gurkha shaggy churchill. So I cut and lit the maduro tonight, and I'm pretty sure this is the strongest cigar I've tried. My question is how do I know if I'm smoking to slow? The reason I'm curious is because about half way thru the cigar it started tasting much less like a cigar and more like tar and smoke. I decided I wasn't enjoying it so I put it out and decided to inspect the inside of it. To smoke half way thru the cigar took me about 35-40 minutes, after I cut it half an inch behind the ash the middle of the tobacco was black. The out edge of the cigar, my guess is the outer 1/4 inch, was untouched. I cut back another half inch and it was the same only the the burn area was half the size. Also by this time the light was almost gone, as in I had to take 3-4 strong puffs to draw any smoke. I was just wondering if this is normal and/or am I smoking to slow? Sorry for the lengthy explanation.