I’m guessing the C in the name stands for Chisel, although brand owner Meier & Dutch talkes about a wedge, and the 52 refers to the ring gauge. Maybe they cannot use the name chisel because it’s trademarked by La Flor Dominicana, who invented the shape and to my knowledge even have the patent to the shape.
The cigar, a 5×52 figured, is made with Nicaraguan Habano and ligero tobacco in the filler, a Nicaraguan Habano under and Ecuadorian Habano ligero as a wrapper. It was released together with the Little Devil and the Phalanx in march of 2012.
The wrapper looks smoother than the other side projects, less dry with more oil. It also looks like the head is a lighter shade than the foot. The shape is great and the cigar is well finished, the rings fit the wrapper.
The medium barnyard aroma is quite pleasant.
I cut a little slice of the chisel like cigar. The cold draw is a little tight, with a spicy raw tobacco aroma. After lighting the cigar is earthy with coffee and leather. After a centimeter I taste love licorice with some sweetness. The flavors change to earthy with cumin, burner and a little cinnamon like spices. The flavors are mellow and balanced. Halfway I’m getting a very unsuspected and unusual flavor that reminds me most of thick potato chips. That flavor disappears quickly and I taste pepper and sweetness. The final third is herbal and spicy with powdered sugar.
The draw is good. The white smoke is medium thick and full. The light colored ash is firm. The burn is straight. The cigar is full flavored and full bodied. The smoke time is an hour and forty five minutes.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yes I will.
I have a love/hate relationship with La Flor Dominicana, I really love some of their stuff, but there are also some La Flor Dominicanas that don’t do anything for me. I smoked the Airbender matatan before and I liked that one, so I was looking forward to the day that the Airbender (named after the comic) chisel (named after the shape) would be released to the Dutch market and it’s here, for only € 8,00. I love the chisel shape as it is so versatile. You can squeeze it open, punch it or cut it and the shape makes it easy to smoke. I usually squeeze mine open.
The airbender chisel has a 54 ring and measures 6½ inch long. The Ecuadorian wrapper is medium brown and oily with a few veins. The construction feels good and after I squeezed the cigar open I get a great predraw which tastes like pepper and raisin. The cigar has a strong barnyard smell.
I taste a dry wood with leather. After just a few puffs I also taste some red pepper. After half an inch I taste wood with some nuts and the pepper moved to the aftertaste. After an inch I taste leather with some wood, the flavors are dry and sticky. The wood slowly gets stronger.
Just before I reach the middle point of the cigar the nut flavor gets stronger, the leather and herbs are now the background flavors. The flavors are mild creamy. Just past the mid I taste nuts with red pepper. After two thirds the pepper gets stronger without overpowering the other flavors. The nuts are gone, the background now tastes like wood and herbs.
This cigar lasted me two hours and thirty-five minutes. The draw is great, but the smoke is quite thin. The light colored ash is very firm. The burn is beautiful. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Without a doubt.
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 8 / 10
Draw: 8 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10