Cigar turn on La Palma yesterday and today:
Hand work with tradition
Connoisseurs all over the world appreciate it: The Puros Palm Eros - cigars from La Palma. Shot in small family farms with devotion, can compete with international premium goods some of them. We have watched the cigar rollers from Puros Artesanos Julio in the Breña Alta district of San Pedro on the nimble fingers and chatted with the chef a bit on the past and present of this traditional craft on La Palma.
When you enter the manufacture of the brothers Julio and David Cabrera Rodríguez San Pedro, you feel transported back to the past: The furnishings are antique, the pictures on the walls depict scenes of Chinchalero life of yesteryear, and in the Centre a work bench with four jobs as it did at the beginning of the PURO culture is on La Palma in the outgoing 19. Century. Julio says, as tobacco and the art of cigar turning came to La Palma:
The Palm Eros were once very poor, whereupon many of them emigrated to Cuba and Venezuela. There they worked on tobacco plantations and in the cigar factories, where they all about cultivation, Processing and combination variants learned. With this knowledge, some of them returned to La Palma and began here with the growing. Because they recognized, that both the climate and the mild trade winds as the floor provided ideal conditions.
Brena Alta, Mallet, Santa Cruz and El Paso were middle of the 19. Century to strongholds of the tobacco economy, the up 1967 gorgeous flourished. Then a blue plague put an end to the boom, and only in the 1980s the industry started to recover. Today, Breña Alta, the stronghold of the Chinchaleros is, also the family business by Julio is one of those:
My brother and I have the year Puros Artesanos Julio 2000 founded. We have learned the know-how of our father. He had while no company, worked but always in cigar factories. I knew at the age of twelve, How to turn a PURO.
The boss does not sit while on the "lathe", because he must attend to quality control and administration. But he is ready, Visitors of his Manufactory in the small streets of Calle Cabaiguán 14 in the Breña Alta district of San Pedro, just to explain the corner from the cigar Museum, How BB´s. Julio is also our readers insights:
For the “Media”-Tobacco varieties are of course secret recipes assortment of Puros Artesanos Julio mixed and the cigar blank, the so-called Tirulo, pressed together by hand. Then the Purero cuts to the binder and wraps it around the deposit. Then everything in the form of cigar is pressed. Finally, the cigar rollers to cut the cover page with the Chaveta and spiral rolls it around the pressed disc. In the production of the “Premio”-Range of Puros Artesanos Julio the cigar is also inside just leaves, where are the cover pages of the highest quality.
Depending on arise as five different versions of the Premio Puros and eight variations in the media section of the Julio Edition. Palm Eros, for example, demand usually strong mixtures with a dark wrapper. Cigar lovers from Gran Canaria or tourists prefer soft, aromatic flavours with light covers, however, according to Julio. The Jefe reveals the composition of the tobaccos used in Puros Artesanos Julio:
About 80 Percent of the leaves come from La Palma, where we ourselves operate a plantation and buy from other farmers in the area of Breña Alta. The remaining 20 Percent are imported sheets of Brazil, Sumatra and Cuba. Because most of the leaves comes from La Palma, may we use the seal of the world biosphere reserve of La Palma.
You can directly at the factory in the Calle Cabaiguán cigars so excellent 14 purchase. In supermarkets is not discovered they, because Julio sells his treasures in selected bars and restaurants or for example in a jeweller's shop in Los Llanos. Or at weddings, where the guests according to Julio traditionally not only good food, but also a PURO is offered:
Since time immemorial it belongs on La Palma at large family gatherings de rigueur, to offer a PURO Palmero. Today the men this way, not just access - also the ladies enjoy now likes a cigar, also the many pictures of the Día de Los Indianos show in Santa Cruz de la Palma.
The Chinchaleros have the knack, as this video shows: