5.75" x 54 ring gauge
When putting together special sampler packs, La Flor Dominicana often makes the offer near-irresistible by including something available nowhere else. Such is the case with this Air Bender Maduro. Based on the measurements I took, it also is not one of the regular sizes of Air Bender available, falling between the Maestro and Guerror. It is another leathery-looking wrapper, with cowhide mottling, prominent veins and a little toothiness. I got a bit of leather and licorice aroma on the wrapper along with a barnyardy manure note on the foot. The cold draw had chocolate, chili pepper and sweet tobacco flavors.
After lighting, the flavors of chocolate were what hit me most, along with some chili pepper ont he tongue and powerful blast of black pepper on the retrohale. Soon after, I got earth and dark coffee flavors in abundance, too, along with something that was hard to identify--almost as if the Air Bend blend was trying to compete with the flavor of the Maduro wrapper leaf.
After another 15 minutes or so that feeling of competing flavor profiles went away and the AB Maduro seemed more well-balanced. There is no mistaking--this is a full-strength cigar and not one you should approach on an empty stomach. I got continued earth and chocolate notes as the cigar went on, as well as anise and a depending of the coffee flavor.
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