Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull
La Flor Dominicana
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Corojo)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 6 1/2” x 52/64
Overall Rating: 9.0
Paying tribute to the cattle breed that is used in bullfighting that is popular in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, the La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull is made using rare cigar molds purchased by Litto Gomez on during a vacation to Spain. Blended by Tony Gomez, this large full bodied Corojo cigar will be an ongoing, though limited production, release from La Flor Dominicana.
Pre-Light: Just looking at the LFD Andalusian Bull is really something special. The unique Spanish cigar mold used to make the cigar gives it shape that has been described as a Salomon with the foot cut off, which makes it a rather large cigar. It’s Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper is a little bump looking with lots of medium sized veins, while being smooth to the touch with a decent amount of oil to it. The black, green and gold double bands really pop against the cigar’s wrapper, and manages to be both familiar and new at the same time.
Off the Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper there is the noticeable scent of cedar and nuts. From the large unlit foot of the Andalusian Bull there is a blends of cedar, spice, walnuts, treacle and a hint of orange citrus mixed with cloves that somehow reminds me of the way the house smells at Christmastime. A somewhat easy cold draw allows through flavors molasses, cedar, spice, grass and clove. As far as the pre-light goes this is a very impressive cigar.
Burn: The burn on the LFD Andalusian Bull is mostly even, with a slight waviness to the burn line itself. A great draw allows through a fair amount of smoke. The ash does’t really cling too firmly to the foot of the cigar.
Flavor: Right from the start the LFD Andalusian Bull delivers spice that is similar to that on the cold draw. There quickly develops a mix spice, cedar, leather and hints of walnuts to the flavor profile. On the retrohale there is a unique pine note that mingles together with cedar and nuts. A subtle note that reminds me of Earl Grey tea joins cedar, Corojo spice, pine, white pepper and leather. As the Andalusian Bull burns into the second third the flavor profile has a good deal of cedar, spice and leather, while black pepper also become noticeable on the palate. Halfway through the cigar, what can only be described as a slight pettiness creeps into the cigar, though it does not last very long. At this point, the retrohale has a good deal of black pepper and cedar coming through. During the transition to the final third of the cigar the pepper dies down significantly, to the point that it is barely there before coming back mellower toward the end of the cigar. The final third of the Andalusian Bull has a good deal of cedar and leather that blends with background notes of walnuts, pine, spice and mild pepper.
Overall: Looking at the Andalusian Bull from La Flor Dominicana it is a great looking cigar. Because of its daunting size, the LFD Andalusian Bull is a cigar that takes some time to sit and smoke, but is definitely worth the time. The Andalusian Bull is a great example of what one expects from a corojo cigar, with lots of cedar, spice, leather and pepper flavors. Due to the flavor profile of the cigar, the strength of the Andalusian Bull kind of creeps up on you slowly. The price of the Andalusian Bull may be a bit on the high side (which is not taken into account in the cigar’s Overall Rating), but you get a whole lot of cigar for the price. While I liked the Andalusian Bull a lot and will likely add some to my humidor to age, it is not one I will be smoking on a regular basis. Fans of some of the more recent releases from La Flor will like this latest blend from Tony Gomez.
Pairing: I’ve found that peaty single malt pair very well with the La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull. My personal favorite choice for pairing with this cigar is the Lagavulin 16. Other single malts that pair well with the Andalusian Bull are the Ardbeg 10, Laphroig Cask Strength and Bunnahabhain Toiteach.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)