La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Guerrero
Size: 6.25 X 54
Wrapper: Ecuadoran Habano
Price: $7 to $9 range
Behind The Stick:
There seems to be much debate on what is behind the naming of this cigar. Some say it was named after Kung-Fu movies because it is a powerful cigar that will beat the crap out of your palate. Actually They say Litto Gomez loves martial arts films. Others say it is how we bend the air when we smoke and Litto Gomez envisioned this while smoking. In an interview with Cigar Aficionado Litto Gomez says, “I think when we smoke we’re bending the air. That’s what I think when I’m smoking. The names are all related to warriors and epic characters.” So maybe everyone has it a little right. Either way it is a cool name for a cigar. I really like these new directions cigar companies are going with branding and marketing. It keeps things exciting. Telling someone you are smoking an Air Bender sounds cool to me. So will this cigar land a hard kick to my face hole?
The Air Bender’s wrapper is a shimmering medium brown with plenty of oils. It really did kind of shimmer in the light of the hot afternoon sun. The traditional LFD cigar band wraps gently around the flawless and small veined wrapper. An inspection of this cigar revealed perfection. Whoever is rolling these things should be praised for the high quality work they are doing. This cigar is so solid I would bet you could beat someone with it and not damage it. Recently I have notice higher end cigars seem to be rolled very tightly. I used to base part of my judgment on how well a cigar was going to smoke by the squeeze test. I liked that slight give and bounce back when the cigar is squeezed between my fingers. Lately everything I have smoked is rock solid and surprisingly they smoke extremely well. So much for my squeeze test I guess. I have mentioned in past reviews of how a cigar at that time might have the best construction I have ever seen. The Air Bender is truly the best constructed cigar I have ever held as of today. Pick one up and you will experience what I am talking about.
Before I light the cigar I take time to enjoy the sweet and earthy tobacco aroma. The Air Bender starts off spicy with a toasty smoothness. The flavors were very bold but not too intense or overpowering. There is a nutty and woody flavor with a slight sweetness that lingers throughout the entire cigar. About 2 inches in I hit a sweet spot that combined with the other flavors reminded me of roasting marshmallows over a campfire. The draw was wonderful and the burn was perfect. I managed to get a 2 ½ inch ash that wouldn’t drop even when I gave an intentional bump over and over. The flavors are fantastic and the finish is so smooth.
While Litto Gomez says this is not a cigar for “sissies” I think I whopped its butt. At the end I wanted to pop the nub in my mouth and eat it. This cigar put up a great fight and got stronger the further we got into it. I do not give up easily though and in the end I was ready to take on any warriors from the same box he came from. Litto Gomez challenged me to smoke a Chisel Maduro on Twitter so maybe he will have his revenge on me yet. I have accepted the challenge and will keep you all posted as soon as I find one of these sticks. This is definitely a stick that is box worthy. I have smoked so many good cigars lately but I think this one ranks near the very top of my favorites. This cigar was a treat and to me the price is very affordable for what I experienced. This was my first time smoking an LFD Cigar and now I know why it is a favorite brand of many of my cigar loving friends. This is a must smoke if you haven’t had one yet!