Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 14 November 2011

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laflordair1 Today’s pair of reviews should attract smokers with a preference for cigars with Maduro wrappers. The La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Maduro is up first, and it will be followed by the Padron Executive Maduro.

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Maduro

La Flor Dominicana debuted the Air Bender Maduro line at the 2011 IPCPR show. It’s a follow-up to the original Air Bender line and comes with a twist that extends far beyond just simple change in wrapper. The cigar is offered only in distinct Casa de Tabaco humidors. It’s not a regular release at the time of this writing, but that could change in the future. Each humidor contains 24 cigars and is modeled after Dominican curing barns. The design of the humidors is really a sight to be seen, and is sure to attract avid collectors of such cigar housing units. I feel fortunate to have my hands on one of the Air Bender Maduros, and hope it matches the incredible look of the Casa de Tabaco humidors.

The La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Maduro measures in at 6/1/2 x 54. Dubbed the “Guerrero”, or the warrior, this cigar features a filler and binder of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic. The wrapper, meanwhile, is of the Brazilian Maduro variety. The original Air Bender was released for experienced smokers, and the Maduro version is no different, as it is said to be full-bodied in strength.

The Air Bender Maduro is an attractive cigar with a very dark wrapper. That’s no surprise of course, since it is a Maduro after all. The wrapper is more dry than oily, and it has a few prominent veins running throughout its body. The decorative band near the head blends in perfectly with the wrapper thanks to its gold, black, and tan color scheme. It features the La Flor Dominicana name and logo, as well as the Air Bender label. Touching the cigar reveals no soft spots. Overall, the construction appears to be solid. The pre-light aroma is of tobacco, while the cold taste is sweet and inviting.

After lighting the Air Bender Maduro with relative ease, the cigar burns well. The draw is about as good as I could hope for. There’s also a pleasant aroma and thick smoke. The solid white ash looks awesome against the dark Maduro wrapper. The burn line does stray a bit, but the cigar corrects itself. No re-lights or touch-ups are needed, which allows me to fully enjoy the flavors.


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