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The Palmero Cigar

Origen of the Palmero cigar

Since 1661 there are reports of growing tobacco in the Isla Bonita, being the first harvests in the National Park of La Caldera by 1730. Canarias was an obligatory stop for ships carrying goods to America, especially to the port of Havana.

Familia Palmera con las hojas de Tabaco - Foto de El Alisio
At that time many canaries left following the route opened by Christopher Columbus, up to the point that more than 120,000 inhabited the islands of the world the world’s largest producer of tobacco: Cuba.

They were granted a license to cultivate and produce it, and in the nineteenth century, these migrant families returned converted in tobacco masters, carrying between their luggage seeds of this plant that adapted easily to the fertility of our soils and the influence of the trade winds

Finca de Tabaco El Sitio, La Palma

Why is special the elaboracion of the Palmero cigar?

The supreme quality of pure palm, recognized worldwide, is because its production is full of simplicity, skill and ability accompanied by tradition, secrets and formulas whispered by ear from generation to generation.

The current seeds arrived from Cuba in the 40s of last century helping to subsist on their crop for many families during the post-war period. Women stood guard at night in the nursery and although the elaboration is predominantly male, women also knew the painstaking art of intermixing the best leaves, obtaining a larger production of cigars than the men.

Detalle del Puro Palmero en La Casa del Turista
It is essential to choose the most appropriate tobacco, it is not enough the quality of the tobacco it must be of exceptional quality. A league of tobacco-based best carefully selected and processed manually from beginning to end leaves artisanal experts believe. In this process it is as important the raw material as where it is stored, the rings…

Its coveted aroma gets to differentiate them from the Caribbean cigars, but to avoid being confused, the real cigars of La Palma carry an official seal of approval.

Puros palmeros en La Casa de Los Balcones

The Pleasure of a good smoker in your reach in The House of Balconies

Given the quality of the canaries cigars, tells the experts to be mouth to taste better, press them near to the ear to hear it crackle, light with a wooden match and above all, enjoy letting yourself be enveloped by the aroma engaging in a fruitful dialogue with the smoke.

In la Casa del Turista you can find the best cigars made with the palm technique.

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The Timple

The timple is a musical stringed instrument typical of the Canary Island. Consist in a little guitar with five strings although there is also one with four. Born presumably in the middle of the XIX century, the origin of this instrument of a “parrandera” nature is the baroque Laud, although is possibe that between its genes is present la Kora bereber. Even some compares it with the ukelele.

 

Timples y detalles de la madera de la Casa de Los Balcones
 

It presents to us an element of great complex, such in its construction as in its execution. It is created by combining special woods as Morera or Palo Santo, Cedar or Pine, Barbusano or Moral among others.

At present exits great artisans builders of timple, that continue the tradition of their ancestors using six different types of wood in its fabrication. We have to emphasize the use of Palo Santo, walnut, cypress or mora, this last is hard to get and it is the preferred for the case of the timple for many interpreters.

 

Taller de fabricación de timples
 

Alive element, the wood requires treatment and ageing for its drying that encloses in many occasions the secret of a great sound.

The most habitual technique of execution of the timple is strumming and punteo. In “la parranda” the timple commands, one of the instruments most representative of our folklore, always present in the heart of the canarian people.

In La Casa de los Balcones we have differente types, among them authentic works of art. Timples dones by master artisans, and also we have timples of importation which are more economical. Here we leave you with our friend Rogelio in the old Wines Press of La Casa de los Balcones turning a timple. Enjoy it!