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Cala Cigars Gran Reserva - Cigar Review

Cala Cigars Gran Reserva
6 x 50 Double Corona
w. Dominican Habano Rosado
b./f. Dominican
m. Dominican Republic

"The name Calá in the Greek language means beauty. For us, beauty in a cigar must have all the attributes along with perfect lines and Dominican Habano Rosado wrapper to complete it. The Calá cigar truly has a fantastic eye appeal. Is a 100% Dominican hand-rolled cigar made in Tamboril Santiago de Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic." --

I first looked at this blend in Robusto HERE.
Give that a looksie, gentlepersons -- as I may very well reference it herein this Redux.


  • Verily a perfumed schnoz on pre-light
  • Cocoa butter and floral cold draw, with a nice cinnamon zetz.
  • The above cold is on the hot, as well. + Cedar and stiff suede.
  • Retro-hale is peppery spice -- all thems, gentlemanly. Ya simply must!
  • Pack softens evenly to a medium+*.
  • Ash cleans up after 1/2" -- holds to a solid medium grey inch+**.
  • Seams tighten during 1/3 heating-up.
  • Fleshy, not meaty -- light -- chicken broth. W/ matzoh balls.
  • One of the best draws I recall. Smooth even medium+ tension.
  • Honey. Yes, dear? Honey. Yes dear? HONEY. Oh.
  • Caramel and greater floral bits dance with buttery cedar.
  • Cushy body, sassy mouth, sweet soul. This Cala is a shiksa, soitenly.
  • Shaft gets verily oil'd as smoke progresses. Darkens a shade.
  • Rich earthen under-belly features cocoa butter and sweet citrus.
  • Leathery oils mount and mount and, ya know, mount.
  • Cashew butter, salted.


  • Rough-hewn...
  • ...pre-light of uneven seams and hastily affixed cap...
  • ...Veiny and lumpy shaft.
  • Almost over-packed firm+*.
  • Care seems needed in cutting cap.
  • Some flaking on ash**.
  • Slight re-touch at mid-point.

"Chicken broth. W/ matzoh balls."
"Cushy body, sassy mouth, sweet soul. This Cala is a shiksa, soitenly."
Picture it: Neptune Avenue. Brooklyn, New York. 1930ish. My paternal grandfather, Nathan. Son of a Chassidic Rabbi, on a stoop hanging out with his chums. All fellow Jews. When he sees a girl.
"Wow," Says he. Continues -- "Look at that shikse."
"That's my sister, schmuck." Says one chum.
They were married within that year.
My paternal grandfather and my non-shiksa grandmother, I mean. Chums didn't marry one another then.
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"Retro-hale is peppery spice -- all thems, gentlemanly. Ya simply must!"
Picture it: 11032 E. Ostego Ln. Walkerton, Indiana. 1990s. I pull my '77 Mustang with leaky T-top into my parents' driveway. My mom greets me from the porch. I am smoking a cigarette. She cringes at this... I exhale the Marlboro through my nostrils... she says, "Oy, you even blow it out your nose."


Wanna try Cala on for size? 
Go to their website HERE and plug in KAP10 at checkout to save 10%.
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