One of the companies that was personally exciting for me was Mombacho. Although their factory is in Granada, Nicaragua, their head office is located in Toronto, Canada. As a fellow Canadian it was interesting to me that a cigar company would make a go of it in the difficult tax market here.
The Tierra Volcán line was launched at this year’s 2014 Las Vegas IPCPR, and it was great to have the opportunity to try some of their line. They will be available in Grande (Toro 6-1/4”x54), Clasico (Robusto Extra, 5-1/2”x50), Corto ... vitolas. Distribution in the US will be handled through RoMa Craft Tobac under the singular Tierra Volcán name.
One of the things I really appreciate is when a manufacturer has a band that tells me right away what cigar I’m smoking, and a website with clear information on their line. The Tierra Volcán sports a nice Clasico footband, and information was easy to navigate on the website. All the things that make me reviewing a cigar that much easier.
The nose here was cedar, barnyard and baking spices with nutmeg predominantly standing out for me.
The first third starts out with a sweet graham cracker combination and a hint of pepper and cedar at the end. The pepper doesn’t overpower and all three flavors balance nicely. The retrohale is dominated by dry cedar. At the mid-point of the first third there’s some light leather post-draw that continues to build in intensity. The first third is off to a delicious and extremely enjoyable start.
There isn’t any immediate shift in the flavor profile going into the middle third. The leather that managed to reach a medium level of intensity before falls off here, with the cedar picking up to take its place. Conversely the graham cracker that was so prominent in the first third is less intense and only dominates on the retrohale. The leather comes back at the halfway mark with some soft pepper.
The last third starts off with an intense burst of sweetness, which I would describe as a combination of honey with light fruit juices. I ended up smoking this to the nub.
Based on the nose, the flavor profile was not at all what I expected. The Tierra Volcán Clasico is delicious, and subtle and complex all at the same time. You would do well to pick some of these up as soon as you get the chance, as I can’t imagine they will last long on the shelves. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 4 minutes.