So the other night on Twitter I asked what cigar to be reviewed on Monday and which cigar to be ruled today. As luck would have it the Air Bender Chisel was today’s cigar and I got to spend some time last night with Andrew who is Vice President of Sales for La Flor Dominicana and the new northeast sales rep, Peter. We chilled in Cigar Inn on 2nd Avenue smoked some cigars and finished off a bottle of rum. Well at least Andrew and I did since Peter was driving and didn’t want to drink. We kept the conversation light, didn’t really discuss anything blog worthy and shared a bunch of laughs. It was a good time, and had the feel of a couple of friends hanging out to enjoy a smoke despite this being the first time we met.
So with that bit of fluff out of the way, lets get into the Air Bender Chisel which has become one of the most popular lines for the company.The Chisel version is the first new Chisel since 2004 when La Flor Dominicana introduced this interesting size.
Appearance and Construction: I remember when the first Chisel came out and how it got a WTF?!? from many people. There were debates on how to cut it and what have you. Some say a hole punch, and some say to clip it but I think Rush Limbaugh got it right, just pinch it. For me that works best. The Habano wrapper from Ecuador has a nice oily sheen to it, and of course some veins to it. There is one ugly one an the cigar I am using as my final smoke for review (I’ve smoked about a box so far) and the cigar has a really hefty weight to it. There are no soft spots present, the foot is well packed and very clean looking.
Flavor & Notes: The one thing I am really in love with is the pre light draw on the Air Bender series. The cold draw offers up a really nice spice that reminds me of molasses with a hint of hickory notes and it is very tasty to say the least. The foot of the cigar has a similar note to the nose with some sweetness present as well. The first third of the cigar has a nice sweetness to it with some nuts present as well. The cigar is simple but tasty at this point. When the second third of the cigar is breached the sweetness becomes a nicely defined caramel, with a touch of mocha and coffee. It’s almost like a caramel mocha latte in a cigar *chuckle*. The final third of the cigar becomes stronger then the first two thirds with notes pretty much the same as the 2nd third making this a very enjoyable smoke.
Smoking Characteristics: Even with the pinching of the end the draw on this cigar was perfect with only the slightest resistance. The light color ash holds on very strong with no flake. The burn is a bit wavy but it never needed to be re-lit and it never needed to be touched up which is always a plus. Due to the Chisel the cigar doesn’t produce an abundance of smoke, but you can change that if you want but clipping it.
Conclusion: Smoking a chisel can be compared to two things. The first is placing a wind instrumer like a clarinet or saxophone due to the tip. The other is that of smoking a pipe for the same reason, the tip. The chisel is an interesting look and an interesting smoke, but the size does take some getting used to. Over all I would prefer the traditional sizes of the Air Bender but at the same time I wouldn’t turn away if the chisel was my only option
Price: $8.00 MSRP before taxes.
Disclaimer: As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement.