A friend from Twitter was nice enough to send me the cigars we are reviewing today. @CigarsThomas is worth a follow for those of you who use twitter. The La Flor Domincana Air Bender is the latest release from Litto Gomez and it comes in four sizes. I hear the name is a tribute to Litto’s passion for Kung Fu but I have not been able to confirm that. To read a little bit about the name be sure to visit the Stogie Guys who got to sit down with Litto. It is also the first full release to use the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that graced the limited edition Salomon.
The four sizes that this cigar will be released in are the Matatan (5 × 50), Guerrero (6.25 × 54), Maestro (5.5 × 52) and the Valiente (6.25 × 60). The price of this cigar rangers from $7.00 to $8.50 before local takes. La Flor Dominicana calls these cigars “intense, sophisticated and powerful”.
Cigar: La Flor Dominican Air Bender
Size: 5.5 x 52 (Maestro)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Appearance and Construction (18/20): The picture above really doesn’t do this cigar justice as the flaws of the wrapper are not as noticeable as depicted. The wrapper is nice and oily with some thin veins that blend in with the color of the wrapper. None of them stand out on this well rolled stick with a triple cap. There are no soft spots on the shaft although the foot looks a little bit loose. The wrapper is simply stunning with red, black and gold as the primary colors.
Flavor & Notes (28/30): The pre-light offers some notes of earth and spice on both the foot and wrapper. Once this stick is lit you realize it means business. This cigar is not for the faint of heart. From the first light you are aware of the spice on the back of the throat but thankfully it dies down some rather quickly. As it mellows out cedar begins to emerge with some earth and a very subtle sweetness. As the second third is smoked the cigar becomes more medium bodied which was a nice change and allows you to adjust. There is a slight caramel with some nuts and leather notes. The final third begins to kick it up a notch as the caramel fades. The pepper and spice return full force with some leather on the finish.
Smoking Characteristics (25/25): It is nice to watch the burn line of a Habano wrapper as it begins to sweat oils which only adds to the taste of the stick. The burn was even throughout from start to finish with an incredibly thin carbon line. The light gray ash was nice and tight that held on for ages which helped keep the cigar cool. Here is a hint for some newbie cigar smokers, when you have a cigar that is a little bit harsh sometimes letting the ash stay as long as possible will cool down the cigar and limit the harshness. This isn’t always the case but it should make at least a minimal difference. The draw was ideal and it produced a voluptuous amount of smoke.
Overall (23/25): A lot of times I get on my soap box and I ramble on about cigars that are strong for the sake of being strong. La Flor Dominicana fits this bill from time to time, but I am happy to report that the Air Bender while strong offers a really tasty profile. The Air Bender will satisfy both the full and medium bodied cigar smoker with the rich flavors. One of the top cigars I have smoked this year that I will reach for again if I have the time to smoke it correctly which is slowly.
Price: $153.99 a box of 25 @ Famous Smoke Shop