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Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull
The Andalusian Bull from La Flor Dominicana is a special limited production cigar made with select Dominican tobaccos from La Flor’s farm in La Canela. The wrapper leaf is a bold Ecuadorian Corojo. Andalusia is a region located in Southern Spain. The cigar pays homage to the cattle breed that participates in the popular sport of bullfighting the Andalusian region is known from.
While visiting a shop in the south of Spain Litto found a unique cigar mold that he purchased on the spot. He brought the mold back to his factory where he was able to replicate it. The special mold he found gives these cigars a unique shape. The cigar is available in one size, a unique 6 1/2 x 52 x 64 vitola packaged in ten count boxes. The cigar itself has the look of a Salomon with a small portion that is cut off at the foot. The LFD Andalusian Bull will be an on-going limited production, similar to the La Nox and both Chapter one and two.
Stunning and striking is the best way to describe the LFD Andalusian Bull. The Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper is tanned brown in color with light seams and notable tooth and vein. The vitola looks like a Salmone, a member of the diadema group of cigars, these very large figurados have pointed tapered heads and a bulbous foot, the foot on the LFD Andalusian Bull is large and wide open. The cigar looks like a bull horn which completely fits the motif. Two bands adorn the vitola, the primary band is hunter green with a beautiful gold trim, in the middle stands a Matador silhouetted in matte black, LFD is in gold font across the “Muleta”. Also in hunter green is the secondary band with gold trim that reads the name “ANDALUSIAN BULL” in gold cursive. Pre-Light aroma of tea, baked bread and natural tobacco. The cold draw on the straight cut produced flavors of cedar and herbal spice.
- FIRST LIGHT
At first light there is a strong flavor of plain tea, bitter leather and a burnt caramel sweetness. Pepper notes are full but not overbearing. Raw walnuts and maple have appeared. The flavors so far are balanced with the spicy notes adding to the long finish. The retro is producing strong white pepper evolving to warm caramel through the nose.
- CRUISE CONTROL BURN
After cruise control burn the deep rich leather notes have taken center stage. A sweetness of milk chocolate, charred cinnamon and raw ginger have appeared. Black pepper has significantly decreased, but mostly noted on the lips and palate in-between draws. White pepper has also decreased on the retro but still producing strong notes of warm caramel.
- FINAL THIRD
Heading into the final third the predominant flavor of rich leather has been consistent throughout. The cigar is producing a rich flavor of toffee with nuances of sweet caramel and malt. At this point all remnants of black pepper have completely dissipated, however the spice noted on the lips and tongue are still present in-between draws producing a sweet char flavor on the aftertaste. The white pepper on the retro is minimal evolving into strong flavors of caramel right through the nose.
Construction and presentation get high marks across the board, the cigar feels solid and has a heaviness to it due to the thicker portion near the foot, almost like a baseball bat. The burn line was slightly uneven on the first example smoked for review, I took extra time toasting the foot on the next two vitolas that produced a straight even burn. The ash on all three cigars held tight past the inch point keeping it’s form of the larger portion foot. The draw on the first example was loose and I struggled a bit to draw the appropriate amount of smoke, re-toasting with a torch solved the problem on example number one, but as I mentioned taking a bit more time torching with the next two made the problem nonexistent. The strength of the La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull was in the solid MEDIUM to FULL BODIED range that produced a complex yet balanced array of flavors. Smoke time on all three vitolas took about two hours that required zero re-lights.
- Rich Leather
- Charred Cinnamon
- Black Pepper (Minimal)
- Raw Walnuts
- Milk Chocolate
- White Pepper on the Retro Evolving into Warm Caramel
Cigars for review purchased from: Two Guys Smoke Shop (Box)
Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigar Smoke Rate: 93
Size: 6 1/2 x 52 x 64
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
Rolled at: Tabacalera La Flor
News Source: Cigar Coop
Additional Photo: Jack Schwartz Importer