The Label Factor:
Each Flor De Las Antillas is wrapped in a little work of art. The colors are rich and deep, depicting two women working with tobacco, including one who seems to have forgotten to wear a shirt. I honestly don’t know how they do it, as it can’t be easy to paint on a canvas this small.
What We Liked:
Once you stop staring at the gorgeous wrapper and remove the red band on the foot, you will probably want to light her up and start smoking. Good news! The Flor De Las Antillas lets you do just that, and in style. The draw is silky smooth, with just the right amount of resistance. Ash doesn’t disappoint either, as you can let it hang on for at least an inch without worry.
The initial flavor is spice. Pepper dominates for the first half inch or so before chilling out and letting other flavors in. A wheat profile takes over, with flavors of bread, toast and rich tobacco being front and center for the middle section. A grassiness enters the mix as well, which may not sound great, but it’s very pleasant combined with the other flavors dancing on your palate. The last inch sees the return of that initial spice, with pepper gaining strength towards the nub. As a simple demonstration, here is a Flor De Las Antillas flavor bell curve.
What We Didn’t Like:
To riff off the great Darkwing Duck; let’s get nitpicky. If you really want to find something to dislike about the Flor De Las Antillas, you could argue that the first half inch and last inch are one-dimensional, with spice being dominant. When I reflect, I think of the middle section, which offers a wonderful combination of earthy, bready flavors. There are certainly cigars containing similar profiles that I prefer, such as the Headley Grange, but the FDLA comes in at a few bucks cheaper. What do you value more; complexity or cash? There is no wrong answer.
Should You Try/Buy It:
You would be crazy not to. With it’s affordable price point, especially by the box, combined with the notoriety of winning Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year, it’s no surprise that these cigars are flying off shelves. Next time you visit your local tobacconist, be sure to grab a couple and see what you think.
Interested in trying the Flor De Las Antillas? You can buy it here.