It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I give Cigar Aficionado’s #1 cigar for 2016 a test run. The La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull is a unique cigar. It comes in one size – a 6.5×52/64 Figurado. This behemoth features an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper with Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. It retails for $15. Does it live up to the hype?
On the cold draw, I pick up damp earth. The wrapper produces a light cedar aroma, while I smell leather and cinnamon out of the foot. Once lit, there is minimal flavor with light leather and black pepper. Through the nose, I find a hint of cedar. The finish gives me black pepper and light earth. Smoke output is dismal.
Forty minutes in, the first third wraps up. Toast mixes with a sweet cinnamon on the draw. Through the nose, I pick up clove and some salty earth. The finish gives me light leather and a very faint coffee. Smoke output is minimal. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third gets me to an hour and twenty-five minutes. Smoke output continues to struggle. I find more toast on the draw with some chocolaty earth. On the retro-hale, I get vegetal earth and black pepper. The finish offers black pepper and more light leather. Strength and body remain the same.
The final third closes out at two hours and fifteen minutes. The draw now “gifts” me with cardboard flavor on top of black pepper. There is no change to the retro-hale. I pick up sweet cocoa and leather on the finish. Strength and body close out at the medium mark.
The La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull is a very simple cigar with minimal flavor and lack-luster smoke output. For $15, there are far better cigars out there. This isn’t necessarily a bad cigar; it’s just nothing special and should be half the price. It’s no cigar of the year in my book.