There are very few tobacconists that ever get to celebrate a 100th anniversary, but one of Chicago’s most famous cigar stores is doing just that this year.
Jack Schwartz Importer was founded in 1921, down the street from its current location in the Chicago Board of Trade Building, in downtown Chicago. In more modern years, the store has gained notoriety for its deep connection with one cigar brand in particular: La Flor Dominicana. As such, it’s of no surprise that the cigar created to pay tribute to its 100th anniversary is from La Flor.
The Jack Schwartz Importer One Hundred Years by La Flor Dominicana is a new size of the La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull. It’s a 6 1/4 x 54 toro extra that uses the same blend as the regular Andalusian Bull: an Ecuadorian corojo wrapper over a Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic. All of the Dominican tobaccos are grown at Estancia La Flor de Palma, the farm shared by La Flor Dominicana and Tabacalera Palma.
There are 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars being made, though the first shipment that arrived earlier this week contained only 300 boxes. Pricing is set at $200 per box. There’s a secondary band on the foot that reads “One Hundred Years.”
Despite the Andalusian Bull’s popularity, this is only the second size of the blend to be publicly offered for sale since the cigar was introduced in 2016, though this is the fifth known vitola for the Andalusian Bull. line.
There’s a 6 1/4 x 41 petite lancero known as Toritos, that was created by Tony Gomez and is privately offered for sale to members of La Flor’s Fleur D’Or Club, which requires the purchase of a $16,000 cigar cutter. There were also two additional sizes made for a special charity humidor in 2017.