“There are only three sports,” Ernest Hemingway once observed. “Bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering. The rest are just games.” After you taste a La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull, you’ll realize the other cigars are just games too. This one means business.
Based on a vintage cigar mold, the shape of the 6” La Flor Andalusian Bull is rustic, distinctive, and rugged. A dark chocolate wrapper of Ecuadorian Corojo flares out from a bellicoso tip to a 64-gauge foot, a bold and heavy bull’s horn to hold in your hand. With its emerald-green band decorated with a font based on Picasso’s handwriting and scrollwork like a bullfighter’s elaborate traje de luces, the Andalusian Bull cannot be mistaken for anything else.
The dark wrapper encases a heady mixture of Dominican Criollo and Pelo D’Oro tobaccos, and even before lighting, the aromas are subtle, earthy, like sunlight on hay. For the first third of the Andalusian Bull, the flavor is delicately spicy, a black cherry wrapped in hickory with an almost nutty-sweet richness of caramel. The draw is good, although the distinctive shape of the Andalusian Bull might require fine-tuning to make the draw absolutely optimal.
Throughout the middle of the Andalusian Bull, the flavors take on a spicy Spanish complexity reminiscent of saffron, cumin, and the tang of Valencia oranges. The medium flavors here become richer, meatier, with a touch of salt and natural creamy sweetness and stay very consistent throughout to the end. In the final third, the pepper notes here become more dominant and earthy near the end, with a durable ash and consistent slow burn.
At approximately fifteen dollars per cigar, or around $140-150 for a box of ten, the price may make you hesitate, but don’t. The La Flor Andalusian Bull is a cigar that burns like slow revenge, taking its good time to get to the end. The distinctive look alone is worth the experience, as is this work made with true love of the craft.
- Distinctive and unusual shape evokes classic old-school craft
- Very slow burn
- Mild to medium flavor profile
- The draw can sometimes be tough to fine-tune
- Uneven burn at times