This #1 Cigar of the Year blend comes from the master-blender Litto Gomez. Born in Spain, Litto gives a nod to his homeland with arguably the best release to ever come out of the La Flor Dominicana company, named Andalusian Bull. Amazing in its appearance, the Bull gets its unique, old-school shape from a long-since-retired cigar mold that Gomez tracked down in Belgium. Coming in one size only, a rustic-looking figurado, this beauty takes you back to the golden age of cigars.
A beautiful, reddish-hued Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper is first to grab your attention. Potent Dominican filler tobaccos including Criollo ’98 and Pelo d’Oro are wrapped by a Dominican binder. The unique figurado shape lends itself to a truly complex experience. The thickest part of the Bull is at the foot of the cigar, and introduces a blend of flavors from the get-go. Caramel, leather, and a tinge of milk chocolate kick things off, with notes of sweet spice, rich red pepper, and slight citrus nuances entering the fray as the ring gauge gradually decreases. This cigar deserves its #1 Cigar of the Year honors and then some.