August 13, 2010
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Guerrero
Size : 6.25 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador (Habano)
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$130 for a box of 20
La Flor Dominicana cigars are the product of Litto Gomez. Litto’s cigars normally pack a great punch; they also feature great construction. I do enjoy LFD cigars quite a lot, but for some reason, I have not smoked too many of them lately until now, so I chose the La Flor Dominicana’s Air Bender. These come in four vitolas, and today’s featured one is the 6.25 in. x 54 ring gauge Guerrero.
Appearance : [rating:4.5/5]
The first thing that one notices is the large size of the cigar; it has an incredible feel in the hands. The Ecuadorian-grown Habano wrapper has a dark, reddish-brown color and it is not too veiny. It has a soft feel in the hands and a slight oily sheen to it.
Construction : [rating:4/5]
The Air Bender is very firm with no soft spots noticed. It also features a triple cap. My only criticism as far as construction is the ash; it just seemed very flaky and loose. It actually did come apart during the smoke (see picture).
Most cigars feature a smoke that rises and either dissipates or lingers; the Air Bender’s smoke came out horizontal, and it was plentiful. Probably, this is the reason for its name. I really liked that property of the cigar, especially since there was no wind to speak of during the smoke.
The draw in this cigar was a very easy one, so not too much lung capacity was needed to smoke this cigar.
Flavor : [rating:5/5]
The wrapper had a rich, sweet chocolate smell to it, while the foot had more of a hay/grassy nose. The same chocolate taste was felt in the pre-light draw, but, in contrast, it had a very spicy (pepper) and salty taste on the tongue.
A lot of spice and pepper were felt immediately after lighting the cigar with notes of cloves in the retrohale. A slight taste of cedar was also noticed. During the second third, the cedar became more dominant especially in the retrohale, while the pepper decreased. Leather notes were introduced during the last third of the cigar while the cedar was still present.
The Air Bender had a very long finish which was very spicy while reaching the back of the throat.
Value : [rating:4/5]
For the money, one gets a lot of cigar featuring some spiciness. Easily, this is a good 1.5-2 hour-smoke. If one tried to smoke it any faster, it would be a waste.
Overall Rating : [rating:4.5/5]
If one is looking for a powerhouse of a cigar, this one is it. I am sorry I abandoned the La Flor Dominicana cigars, and I am definitely going to add some to my collection, especially the Air Bender line. I consider these stronger in flavor than the Gurkha Evil. These Air Benders are good after dinner cigars with a good peaty Scotch whisky or a glass of a tannic Merlot. Because of its spiciness, smoking one of these is like a continuation of a good steak dinner (I apologize to my vegetarian friends). Please, do yourself a favor and pick an LFD Air Bender especially this Guerrero and be ready for a great ride!
July 18, 2013
My first time having one..a solid full smoke. Wasn’t overpowered. Had the Cabernet and it still worked out nicely. Worth it’s money.
January 9, 2011
I was recently introduced this line of cigars by a man that manages a cigar shop. Although the pair of cigars I bought had a lighter wrapper, I bought a box of La Flor-Dominicana double ligero-churchill especiale oscuro cigars. Why? I was impressed by how mild these cigars were considering the dark wrappers (maduro)the cigars I had bought. The La Flor’s are very smooth, burn even, and not in the least bit harsh. Very tasty and not over-powering. I will be buying some of the other varieties to stock in my humidor and enjoy as they age.
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