February 10, 2011
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Chisel
Size : 6.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador (Habano)
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $8.5 each
La Flor Dominicana owner Litto Gomez has become known as a cigar maker that eagerly bucks tradition with his nearly unbridled creativity. The Air Bender Chisel is no exception with its flattened and tapered head that never fails to remind me of my clarinet playing years in high school.
Appearance : [rating:4/5]
The deep brown Ecuadorian wrapper has a nice oily sheen with a few medium sized veins. Tapering in smoothly without any visible folds or buckles, the head of the cigar looks very neat. Oil from the wrapper visibly rose to the surface and formed a very slight bead as the flame licked the foot.
Construction : [rating:2.5/5]
Perhaps the most interesting attribute of this cigar is its heft. This cigar is densely packed with tobacco and has no apparent lumps; however, the draw remained slightly restricted even after enlarging the opening on the head. The tapered head concentrated the smoke as expected, but smoke production was lacking slightly.
Flavor : [rating:3.5/5]
The Air Bender Chisel has an aggressive flavor and body from the first draw. Dark roasted coffee, cocoa, and spice pierce the palate, leaving an oily and robust pepper finish that doesn’t fade. The flavors are crisp and fresh; however, the abundance of spice made the task of discovering nuance nearly impossible.
Value : [rating:4/5]
The chisel burns slowly and provides ample enjoyment to the smoker for eight dollars. As any cigar in this price point should, the Air Bender burned cool until the last few inches without turning bitter.
Overall Rating : [rating:3.5/5]
The La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Chisel offers vivid and pleasantly crisp flavors along with a full body. It’s a perfect cigar for admirers of clean bold flavors that leave no guesswork for the smoker; however, the slightly labored draw and superfluous spice make this a cigar lacking depth.
June 5, 2013
My Review of the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Matatan (Robusto)
My hope is that this has everything that was so good about the LFD Salomones at a fraction of the price.
I had the robusto and it began like others wish they finished. Cherry (a Litto specialty) and cocoa and leather without the dryness.
There was a subtle nose spice that picked up now and then.
This is the Zen cigar for sure- a great balance between flavor and strength, complex and gives you that mouthful of flavor that you get in the “sweet spot” in most other cigars.
This, however, is not the strongest cigar in the LFD stable, but makes up for it in flavor tenfold.
The last half amped up the cocoa, and threw in some espresso with a touch of Habano musk!
If every 8 dollar cigar was this good… My only real complaint was that the draw was pretty tight, and that’s what kept it from an “A” rating.
Rating: 89 (B+)
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