Last week Nat Sherman hosted the launch of the Air Bender Maduro which as of now is only available as part of Casa de Tobacco. The Casa de Tobacco will also serve as a Humidor and is made from rattan and leaves from the plantain. It basically looks like a scale model of the curing barns that are in the tobacco regions of the Dominican Republic. Production is limited, and the MSRP is $350.00.
At the event I got to talk with Litto and while there are no plans currently to release the cigar as a stand alone, he wouldn’t be surprised to see it as a regular release down the road. Since Litto makes all the tobacco decisions I think it is safe to say the cigar will become a regular release.
Cigar: La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Maduro
Size: 6.5 x 54
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Cigars Smoked For Review: 4
Appearance and Construction: The wrapper for the La Flor Dominicana is one of my favorites, Brazilian. The cigar lacks visible oils before lighting up, and a few ugly veins that stand out, but the wrapper has a nice dark appearance to it. The wrapper has some color variations but this is due to a method used by La Flor Dominicana. The wrapper is sprayed with a water mist and massaged before being applied. The roll of the cigar is well done, and there is a nice weight to it. However there were two small pockets/soft spots around the mid way point of the cigar.
Flavor & Notes: The cold draw on the Air Bender Maduro has the taste of smoky molasses, and wood. The foot of the cigar is nondescript outside the classic tobacco aroma to the nose. Once the cigar is lit a rich chocolate that borders on the dark side quickly develops along with some leather notes that fade before we finish the first third of the smoke. The second third of the cigar some of that pre-light molasses begins to develop and increases in intensity along with some notes of espresso. The last third of the cigar takes turn toward earthy components with some spices through the nose and a nice short finish.
Smoking Characteristics: The La Flor Dominican Air Bender Maduro has a gorgeous white ash that hold for about 30% of the cigar at a time. The draw of the cigar was ideal, and the burn while slightly off from time to time remained crisp most of the time. The aroma reminded me of roasted nuts.
Conclusion: When I first smoked these at Nat Sherman I was amazed at how much the cigar changed with the Maduro wrapper. As I smoked each one after that I wondered if it was for the better especially in the final third. It is considerably different and darker, but I find myself craving the sweetness of the regular release. I am not saying this is a bad thing, but between the two I like the Habano considerably more. For those who wish the Air Bender was stronger I believe they will gravitate toward this release.
Price: $350.00 MSRP Case de Tobacco
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