Introduction a different cigar: The CALIQUEÑO

This kind of cigars is well appreciated in the Mediterranean coast of Spain but still unknown abroad. The history tells that the plantation of tobacco, as well as the manufacturing process of this cigar was brought by the Spanish colones into the mainland, then, the local women did the rest. Until nowadays, the manufacture and distribution of the cigars was made completely under the counter, and the women were the only cigar makers and distributors of them so that, they could bring some extra income to the households.

One of the most particular features is the irregular shape of them. Unlike other cigars, the Caliqueno has a rough surface and all the nerves of the leaves are seen, but putting aside the first impression, the taste is excellent. Another characteristic is that they’re sold completely dried, so the don’t need any humidors. 

Has any of you tried it?

5 comments ↓

#1 sonique on 12.17.10 at 4:38 AM

In the south of france, we buy them in Barcelone and bring them.

#2 Lolita on 06.01.11 at 3:36 AM

Cigars’ experts buy only those cigars that are tried-and-true.

#3 Murlisea on 06.15.11 at 2:29 AM

I haven’t tried it.. is it cool?

#4 cigaraficionado29 on 07.20.11 at 7:26 AM

Up to now, you can only try it in Spain! But it’s worth trying!

#5 Moges on 12.02.15 at 6:52 PM

Well, I’m liking the bggier ring gauges for several reasons. One is purely financial, I think you get more tobacco for your money with, say, a 6 X 60, vs. a corona. I smoked several large ring gauges in 2010, with the biggest being the Metropolitan Banker by Nat Sherman, it is a 5 X 70. The 70 is almost too big to comfortably rest in your mouth between puffs, so you have to do a lot of setting it down and picking it back up. Most recently, I had some of the XXL’s from Finck’s.Another reason I like bggier ring gauges is that I think the blender has a little bit more to work with by rolling a large vitola. He can put in some Peruvian, for instance, in addition to Nicaraguan or Honduran and come up with some interesting combinations of flavor that delight the palate. In a smaller vitola there wouldn’t be room. Furthermore, I seem to have much better draws from a large ring gauge. May be purely coincidence or it may get as complex as considering air dynamics of a larger tubular structure, with a fire on one end and a drawing element on the other.Now, as for the strength issue. I am not so much a fan of over-the-top blends. I have had several sticks that seemed to have been blended with the intent of just making them extra strong, just for the sake of being strong. If all I am getting is a nicotine buzz to the point of getting nicotine intoxication, and not getting any nuances of flavor or complexities throughout, I won’t like it. An example of what I consider strong is a JdN Dark Corojo Antano. Obviously a full-flavored cigar, but it is not just strong, it has smoothness and complexities that a more experienced smoker will love.

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