Cigar Review: LA Flor Dominicana TAA 2012 Airbender Torpedo

Cigar Review: LA Flor Dominicana TAA 2012 Airbender Torpedo

LA Flor Dominicana TAA 2012 Airbender Torpedo

Size: 6 1/2 x 54 Torpedo

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder:  Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Strength: Full

Price: $8 MSRP

Grade: 8.7

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The 2012 La Flor Dominica TAA exclusive is a limited release cigar only available to stores that are members of the Tobacconists Association of America.  The LFD TAA 2012 exclusive is made in the popular Airbender blend in the torpedo shape with a dark (but not labeled as Oscuro) Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

But enough about that, how’s the smoke.

Pre-Light: (1.8) The TAA exclusive La Flor Dominica Air Bender is a striking cigar. The wrapper is a dark Habano grown in Ecuador. It is a bit grainy and has a  number of veins.  The smell off the foot is great, with sweet notes of grass and honey.  The cigar feels densely packed near the foot but I feel a few softer spots by the head.  There is a small crack in the wrapper at the foot.

Burn: (1.7)  The cigar took to flame and began with a solid even burn line. The ash held the first inch and a half.  Burn line gets a bit wavy after the first ash, but not too bad.  The 2012 TAA LFD Airbender is a slow burning cigar.  The soft spots are noticeable in the second half and lead to some inconsistencies in the burn and ash as well as some ash on the patio floor. 

Flavor: (2.7) The LFD TAA exclusive opened up with a spicy peppery beginning.  Not so heavy that it coated the palette, but the spice dominated the early flavors.  The other flavors were of a sweet oaky note that was quite pronounced on the retrohale.

Heading into the second third the sweet tanginess becomes a bit more balanced with the dominant spicy pepper. Their is also bit of a tangy grassy note that comes and goes on the finish.

Going into the final third the flavor is more of the same; a spicy peppery smoke with some sweet tartness to the finish. The body of this cigar is a definite full.  As i got into the final two inches the flavor seemed to flatten out a bit and have less definition to them.

I only wish there were a little more transition or changeup in the flavor considering the vitola.  The sweetness in the TAA is not quite as sweet or syrupy as it is in the LGDiez vintage lines.

Overall: (2.7)  If you like a good full bodied, spicy, long smoke than the TAA LFD is perfect for you.  The flavors were strong through the majority of the smoke and only began to fade a little at the end.  The cigar is a full bodied smoke and it started to be really noticeable into the final third as I felt a strong nicotine buzz kick in.

I really enjoyed the torpedo format as a change of pace in this blend, but wish there was a little more to it. Make sure you have a good 2 hours and a fully belly to enjoy this cigar to the fullest.

Total: (8.7)