Episode 238 - June 17, 2017
Cigar of The Week:
Interview: Jose Calá, Calá Cigars - 2:00pm-3:00pm
Calá Cigars founder and owner Jose Calá was born in the city of La Vega, in El Cibao, Dominican Republic. Calá’s parents retired to the heart of the tobacco growing and manufacturing industry, a place called Santiago de los Caballero. Calá’s parents, who own 20 acres of land in Tamboril, used it to farm tobacco from time-to-time. This is where Calá’s passion for cigars and tobacco growing began. In one of his many visits to his native country to visit his beloved family, Calá, joined forces with his uncle Luis Rosario. Rosario, a legendary master cigar blends man, and Calá decided to start a family owned cigar company and brand. That moment was the birth of Calá Cigars.
Calá, a cigar aficionado and cigar smoker himself, understood what people were truly looking for in a well constructed cigar. Consistency in the blend, excellent draw, beautiful aroma and let’s not forget the flavors. Combining all the experience of Calá’s father, his uncle and Calá himself in the tobacco industry; they have created a medium body blend that is truly a gentleman’s cigar.
For the Calá Family, creating cigar blends is like making a great wine which appeals to all kinds of taste palettes. Calá selects only the best premium fillers for superb taste and strength. They hand select the finest wrappers produced in one of the best places in the world - Santiago, in the Dominican Republic. And for those cigar aficionados looking for a well blended cigar at a competitive price, we at Calá Cigars, invite you to try our cigars.
Stogie Geek Segment: Big Cigar Questions- 3:00pm-3:30pm
- What are your “classic” or favorite cigar styles by length and ring gauge?
- How do you “revive” dry cigars kept in a cigar box?
- How do you calibrate a hygrometer?
- Why do some cigars unravel?
- What are those little tan spots I sometimes see on the cigar wrapper?
- What is the white powdery substance that sometimes appears on the cigar wrapper?
- If you see white powdery spots on your cigar that looks like mold, chances are it’s only bloom, which results when the oils in the wrapper cause the leaf to mature. If this is the case, simply wipe the bloom off gently with your finger. It’s perfectly harmless and a sign that the leaf is of good, healthy quality, but if you want to prevent it, keep your temperature and humidity down.