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This past week, on the recommendation of my tobacconist, I sampled the LFD Andalusian Bull.

The Bull was named Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year, 2016, and with good reason.

Sayeth the LFD site:

Andalusian Bull

Invoking the spirit of Spain’s famous Toreros, this cigar has character and flair in both its flavor and presentation. A Dark natural Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper covers some of the most powerful fillers and binder grown on our farm in the Dominican Republic. The flavors are complex, with a myriad of spices and a touch of sweetness creating an exquisite full-bodied smoking experience.

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From my picture one can see that the Ecuadorian Corojo is nearly perfect – a little veiny – but spot on in supple appearance and construction. The taste, mated with those signature DR leaves, is a notch above impressive.

The hefty, if creative tapered, 6.5X64 stick is the creation of Litto Gomez. The leaf work yields consistent notes of woody, leathery smoke, punctuated with subtle hints of spice. The flavor picks up immediately upon the first puff and lasts until the last inch and a half.

I read somewhere the taste is bold (it is) and strong (true, though not overwhelming). What I got out of my test subject was a smooth strength with the various notes constantly blending in and coming through, noticeably but without fanfare. I call it a heavy-medium body. Again, it’s not something to knock the socks off, though it certainly does grab the attention. The draw and burn were utterly flawless, owing to the exquisite construction.

Had I a rating system, this one would qualify for my top mark. Let’s call it “excellent”. However, I am not sure about my pick as cigar of this year or last. Stiff competition abounds. I might, without insult to Litto nor pomp for Kaizad, rate the Gukha Cellar Reserve 18 a little better. But only a little and on a “might” basis.

The Bull recalled to my confused and blurred mind the LFD Coronado of yesteryear. I might also rate the old “Big C” a slight bit better – that may come from ten-year-old memories that I can’t quite now quantify. Anyway…before this devolves into another trip down the nostalgia trail:

Get one while you can. And if you can. The Bull is a very limited release. I don’t know the exact number but it is small. My lingering flagship store exhausted their only box as soon as it arrived. I’m not sure how the big super-shops in FLA fare – I’ll know this week. I have heard of shortages and resulting despair from Miami to D.C.

You’re on your own finding the experience. But, once you find it, you won’t be disappointed. Unlike so many “premium” orders, the $15-17 price tag (dependent on how greedy your state tax jurisdiction is) is actually worth it. And, that’s no bull…