Cigar Review: LFD Air Bender Lancero
This week I got a new computer chair. One of those leather executive chairs that are a little wider for a person that is a little bigger then normal.I have to tell you this new chair has me panicking some. The reason is, and if you are regular reader you know that I am the king of the typos and poor grammar when blogging. Thankfully that doesn’t carry over into my every day life, but this new chair is higher and it has thrown off the comfort for my fingers and the keyboard which means that my typing is off even more so then normal. I am literally having to correct a typo on every word and that is annoying as all hell.
I spent the day at Little Taste of Cuba in Princeton, NJ which is a a shop owned by Jorge from Tobacconist University. In there humidor they had a cigar that I have been dying to try for the longest, the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Lancero. I smoked one today earlier in the shop and made a few notes and now I am lighting up the second one to get my review for the day up. I had another cigar lined up but the day but I really wanted to review this one, so here we are.
Appearance and Construction: Like the other vitolas in the Air Bender the oils are easily visible off of the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. However in the size the abundance og veins are more noticeable which takes something away from the beauty of this stick. Luckily I have never really found veins to be an issue when smoking so I wonder why we tend to put so much into them. I guess it is aesthetics just like bad acne or scars can cause a person to judge another. There are a few soft spots in the first half of the cigar and it looks a little lumpy as well. I wouldn’t call it tooth, it just looks a little bit weird and you can see it in the picture above. The cap of the cigar has a nice little pigtail and the foot seems to be well packed.
Flavor & Notes: The draw of the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Lancero is a delightful experience with an abundance of molasses note which I love so much while the foot of the cigar serves up some more of the spice with some spice. Once the cigar is lit up the initial note is leathery. As we continue into the first third the cigar serves up notes of wood, leather and a sweet molasses. As we approach the second third of the cigar the spice begins to kick it up a notch and the cedar is joined by coffee notes with a sweet molasses hanging around in the background. The final third of the cigar is one big mind fuck of the sense with notes of strong spices and a sweetness as well. It is the classic play of good vs evil as the cigar produces a nice leathery finish.
Smoking Characteristics: Whats to say about a lancero that hasn’t been said before. White ash that is very weak and falls off ever 1/2 inch or so. The draw is perfect and it never once required a re-light which was a nice thing. The cigar produced an ample amount smoke with a cedar like aroma with a touch of sweetness to the nose as well.
Conclusion: I am a total fan boy of the lancero, but for me this cigar seemed less refined then the other sizes the Air Bender comes in. Perhaps I built the cigar up so much in my mind, but the stick just did not do it for me when compared to the Maestro (5.5 x 52). I thought perhaps when I smoked my first of two in the AM it was just me, but at the end of the day it was a duplicate feeling from the earlier cigar. Don’t get me wrong it isn’t a bad stick, just give me one of the other sizes first. And that my friends, is something I do not say too often.
Price: $10.30 in NJ
Disclaimer: As always the typo’s and spelling mistakes have been left in this review for your amusement and to annoy my good friend Gary Arzt.