The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2010
La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Chisel
Litto Gomez is a creative cigarmaker, and perhaps his greatest innovation is coming up with the Chisel shape in 2003. The flattened figurado has a head that looks like a handtool or the mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument. Its latest incarnation—fall of 2010—is our No. 10 cigar of 2010, the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Chisel. It lives up to the reputation for power and full flavor that previous Chisels share. Made from a blend of Gomez’s homegrown Dominican filler and binder tobaccos, including some piloto Cubano, Sumatra seed and Corojo, the smoke is finished with Habano-seed wrapper leaf grown in Ecuador. Gomez used a leaf of ligero from a higher priming for the wrapper on this cigar, giving it a darker hue and more strength than his other La Flor Dominicana Air Benders. Bold from the very first puff, the cigar is strong and meaty, full of spice and coffee notes, with a finish reminiscent of a whiskey barrel. Gomez’s cigars are renowned for power and spice, and the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Chisel is no exception.