Review: Mombacho Tierra Volcán Clasico

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.

 

 

Tierra Volcán

Vitola: Clasico (Robusto Extra)

Size: 5-1/2” x 50 ring gauge

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: 1 per review

Price Point: N/A at time of review

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturers samples IPCPR 2014

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

 

Overall Cigar Federation Review: 91 AKA “Box Split”

“The Tierra Volcán Clasico is delicious, and subtle and complex all at the same time.”

 

John’s Review – 91 AKA “Box Split”

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.

 


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Comment by Docwill on September 9, 2014 at 9:54am

Wonderful, John. I admire that smoking time too.


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Comment by Cigar Surgeon on September 9, 2014 at 9:56am

Thanks Doc.  This one I wanted to take my time with, as I could tell right off the start it was going to be enjoyable all the way down.

I'm going to have to start sourcing these while they're readily available.

Comment by Docwill on September 9, 2014 at 10:08am

It sounds delicious and something I would enjoy! It is a great review.

Comment by Charlie on September 9, 2014 at 10:13am

I have heard the opposite about this cigar. The reviews differ so much its like people are smoking different cigars. I would like to smoke the short robusto (Corto) that they make. 


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Comment by RobbyRas on September 9, 2014 at 10:21am

I was really looking forward to smoking this one... but someone pilfered my sample from IPCPR... and that someone is named Jerad...

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on September 9, 2014 at 12:23pm
I've had a couple of the short robusto. One was fantastic, the other had burn issues but I think that had to do with insufficient rest time in my humidor. I'm letting the few I have left rest a little longer.
Comment by Generally Useful Jared on September 9, 2014 at 2:21pm

This flavor profile sounds fantastic! Will have to keep an eye open for them. There is a shop in Wichita carrying RomaCraft, maybe they'll bring these in, too.

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