Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 28 June 2010

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ashton aged maduro number 10la flor dominicana air bender matatan
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The flavors experienced while smoking are just as good as the cigar's burn. It starts off sweet, as predicted by the cold taste. The sweetness then moves onto some nutty flavors that offer a nice change-up. Some coffee makes an appearance, as does a spicy flavor that really seems to linger throughout. Notes of leather and wood are also evident from time to time. Despite being labeled as medium-bodied, this stick seems pretty bold and of the full-bodied variety.

Ashton has done it yet again with the Aged Maduro #10, and has lived up to expectations. The cigar's construction is solid, and its burn is as good as one could hope for. The flavors are varied and keep the experience from being monotonous too. This cigar does have some kick to it, making it not the ideal smoke for a beginner or a fan of milder cigars. If you want something full-bodied, however, the Aged Maduro definitely fits the bill. Maduro fans will want to put it on their list as well. In terms of price, expect to pay around $8 to $9 for a single. It's not cheap, but the quality is hard to deny, making the price seem fair. You can also find the cigar in packs of 5 or boxes of 25. For some, the price may be too high for a bulk purchase, but it is worth buying for some occasional full-bodied enjoyment.

The Ashton Aged Maduro #10 receives a strong rating of 3.5 out of 4 stars.

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Matatan


La Flor Dominicana is a boutique cigar company run by Litto Gomez. The Air Bender line was developed to give smokers who love strong cigars something new to try. It's name comes from the feeling that Gomez said he had when he smoked the cigars, as he believed he would “bend the air” when he smoked. That sounds like a bit much but who am I to argue? As you will see, the different vitolas in the Air Bender line have unique names. Gomez picked the names to honor different kung fu warriors. When you combine the Air Bender name with the various kung fu warrior monikers, you can expect a strong smoke. Let's light one up and see just how strong it really is...

The Air Bender measures 5 x 50 in its Matatan size. The line comes in a variety of other sizes too: the 5 1/2x 42 Poderoso, the 5 1/2x 52 Maestro, the 6 1/4x 54 Guerrero, the 6 1/4x 60 Valiente, and the 7 1/2x 38 Villano. The cigar's filler and binder are both comprised of Dominican tobacco grown at La Canela, which is a farm owned by La Flor Dominicana. A special Ecuadorian Habano wrapper completes the cigar. The Air Bender is considered to be full-bodied.

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