Mexican San Andrés tobacco is known for its rich spiciness. This cigar from Rocky Patel is a celebration of a particularly fine crop of leaf from the region. The name “Flor de San Andrés” means “San Andrés flower,” and with this stick, you’ll get some of the best the soil has to offer.
You’ll also meet death, face to face.
Well, kind of.
The band features a skull in a common Mexican Dia de los Muertos style. Like all pagan celebrations, it was eventually moved to coincide with a Christian holiday. In this case, what once was a festival to kick off summer was merged with Allhallowtide in the late fall, which itself has since been simply reduced to Halloween.
The original Dia de los Muertos festival dated back to indigenous celebrations with roots in Aztec traditions venerating the Goddess Mictēcacihuātl (which you will not even attempt to pronounce). Mik-te-ca-si-watl, as they called her, was the Lady of the Dead, and on Dia de los Muertos, she would preside as the dead briefly awakened to celebrate once more with family. In modern times, families create private altars with offerings that include ancestors’ favorite foods and beverages. They also may leave these things at graves.
What will your relatives leave for you? A cigar, perhaps? Depending on where you’re from, a Nice Rocky Patel Flor de San Andrés might be a fitting tribute.
Inside the cigar there’s brown bunches of Nicaraguan tobacco for the binder and filler. Lit up, you’ll get flavors of dark chocolate, leather, and nutmeg, driven primarily by the potent wrapper. The cigar is also available as a Flor de San Andrés Black, which uses a Maduro “Morrrón” wrapper to kick things up a notch.
Grab this box-pressed beauty and blow a few rings for those who’ve come before.
Please browse our selection of Rocky Patel Flor de San Andrés cigars at your leisure.