La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Cigar Review

July 29, 2013 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

This is a bit of a departure for me as this is the Air Bender Villano, which is a lancero measuring in at 7.5″ x 38. Now, of course, there’s nothing wrong with this size but, probably for a multitude of reasons, I don’t usually smoke this vitola. Is that a mistake?

Maybe.

The reason why I picked up one of these is because I wanted to compare it to the similarly sized Cain F lancero.

As I noted earlier, this is a long, thin cigar and I think that fits well with its name: Villano. I think it was in Nip/Tuck where they talked about babies not getting parts in commercials because they had thin, villainous lips and, if this cigar were a baby, it wouldn’t be getting commercial roles either. But this isn’t a baby and, unlike a baby, smells like spicy tobacco with a hint of barnyard thrown in for good measure (do babies have a “barnyard” smell to them?). It does feel a bit soft in places, with a slight amount of oils and veins on the wrapper. There’s also a pigtail.

I have done two reviews of Air Benders before with my review of the Chisel, which I really liked, and another of the corona gorda, which I thought was alright. (Read both as you’ll get to see how different vitolas can lead to much different levels of enjoyment.)

Photo: La Flor Dominicana website

Photo: La Flor Dominicana website

Cigar Stats
Vitola: lancero
Length: 7 ½”
Ring Gauge: 38
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $169.00/Box of 20 | $42.00/5 Pack

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It starts out as aggressively as a bull elephant in musth with a combination of spice, leather, dark fruit in the background and it all goes perfectly together. From the first puff this is a very strong cigar and I can already tell that it wouldn’t go great for people who are either new to cigars or who do not like full bodied cigars. And this isn’t the online retailer “this cigar will blow steam out your ears if you smoke it!” kind of full bodied either; it’s legitimately full bodied.

Usually, things do calm down as the cigar progresses and, in a fashion, it does here as well but not a whole lot, which I like. In addition to what was there in the first third there is oak. So, in order of most prominent to least prominent flavors: spice, leather, oak, dark fruit and it’s still full bodied.

The final third sees a change in the spice: it’s drier. The dark fruitiness has lost some of its zip and is now more of a run of the mill kind of sweetness. Overall, though, this is still an excellent cigar.

Full bodied with a good draw and burn; the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Villano is a must try for cigar smokers who do not dislike full bodied cigars. Even if you don’t normally smoke stronger cigars I think you should try at least one of these as it does have an amazing amount of flavor. So far, this is the best Air Bender I have smoked.

95 points

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Cigar Review

July 6, 2012 · Posted in Cigar Review · Comment 

For those of you with a good memory you are right, I have reviewed an Air Bender in the past. I thought it was alright but not something I would ever search out to smoke again. Which, when I think about it, is a shame because I do like the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero line of cigars, especially the Chisels (Chisel Reviews: Natural and Maduro). So I decided to try the Air Bender in the Chisel vitola. What could go wrong?

Based on how it looks there isn’t much that “could go wrong” with this cigar. It’s very oily, perfectly shaped, has a slight reddish hue to it and not much in the way of veins. Alright, this isn’t the Constitution, no need for much of a preamble.

Cigar Stats
Vitola: Chisel ~ toro
Length: 6 ½”
Ring Gauge: 54
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $160.00/Box of 20 | $9.00/Single

Preamble Fireworks!

It starts out great with a blast of white pepper with leather… and that “blast” doesn’t quit throughout the first third. But don’t get the wrong idea; it’s not by any means a super strong cigar. Barely full bodied.

The second third just continues along the same lines as the first third. I think that the “blast” has dissipated a bit but I’m thinking that’s just a result of the constant barrage of white pepper, which I love. The leather is still present and, new to the flavor party, is oak. It’s a great mix of flavors and the addition of oak has only added to my enjoyment.

If you are a fan of pepper, particularly white pepper, you will enjoy this cigar to no end. The consistency of the smoke is very granular, almost like a mist. Basically, what that means is that with each puff that white pepper coats your tongue and sticks around for a long time. It’s nice.

The final third is mostly white pepper because, at this point, it’s overpowering the other flavors. There is still a hint of leather bouncing around in the flavor profile.

The La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Chisel is not an overly complex cigar but the flavors that are there are wonderful. Let me put it this way: I bought a couple, smoked those in quick succession and then went out and bought a few more. It took a good amount of self constraint on my part to hold a cigar back to do this review. I liked it that much.

As with almost every other Chisel I have ever smoked both the draw and the burn were excellent. The strength of this cigar starts out barely in the full bodied range but it builds into this onslaught that pounds you. There is some variability to this; sometimes the strength was there but wasn’t punishing but at other times it became quite strong.

Personally, I wouldn’t suggest this cigar for somebody who doesn’t like full bodied cigars. For those of you who do like full bodied cigars then you should try this Chisel. Is it my favorite Chisel? No. The LFD DL Chisel Maduro is still my favorite. But the LFD Air Bender Chisel is great for a change of pace.

93 points

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Cigar Review

January 12, 2011 · Posted in Cigar Review · 2 Comments 

I had a couple of the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Maestros last summer and I liked them. Hopefully another few months resting in the humidor will have made this cigar even better.

Extremely oily wrapper with a number of small veins running from the foot to the cap. It is very uniform in shape and is relatively fully packed. There are a couple of cracks in the wrapper: one near the foot and another by the cap. The one adjacent to the cap will probably prove to be bothersome due to its close proximity to the cap. Too bad, hopefully I can cope.

On a side note, I just saw the other day that Cigar Aficionado put the LFD Air Bender Chisel in its Top 10. That’s one vote for the cigar (in a different vitola).

Cigar Stats
Corona Gorda
Length: 5 ½″
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Price: $7.25/Single | $115.00/Box of 20

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Sure enough after cutting the cigar the crack extends itself all the way through my cut. It probably won’t be too big of a problem in the early goings of this cigar but I’m positive it will make things more difficult the closer to the end I get. That’s going to be especially true once I take off the band because that is what is holding the wrapper together down there right now.

This is one of those cigars where the flavors seem submerged. I can taste the warm spice and the woody flavors but they are echoes of what they should be. During the first third, at least, this cigar is lacking the requisite intensity to keep these flavors interesting. Part of the problem is attributable to the fairly tight draw but I do not believe the crack near the head of the cigar is to blame.

The second third shows some signs of improvement. For example, the spice has come on line a little more strongly now growing from a veiled pseudo-spice to a dry, somewhat sweet spice. It’s a good change all in all. Another flavor that is coming through now is bread dough. At the tail end of the second third there is a graham cracker flavor.

Entering the final third and the main flavor, pretty much its only flavor, is spice. And that flavor is enjoyable enough. But it’s one of those things that you know should be much better, something special. Maybe there was something a little out of phase with this cigar because, honest to God, I remember these cigars being much better. At times with this cigar there are some flashes of inspiration but, overall, it is not that impressive of a cigar. It’s still good though.

Full bodied with a tight draw and an even burn. I think that the Air Bender deserves further investigation and I will probably be doing another review of these cigars in a few months time, perhaps with a different vitola. Normally, I don’t plan on giving mulligans for cigars that I review but this is a special enough case based solely on my previous experiences with this cigar. Right now I’m pegging it as an average cigar.

88 points