The MBombay Habano is one of the three core lines produced by MBombay. They also produce two "ultra premium" line along with a few limited editions along the way.
MBombay cigars currently in production:
We recently had Mel from MBombay on CigarChat and we discussed each of the blends. Check out the video below.
Size: 6 x 49
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaragua and Peru
Samples smoked for review: 2
Samples for review were provided by MBombay
Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System
Pre-Light: The MBombay bands are kind of awesome. Take a look at the pic above and check out the detail. Mel explained the images on the band during CigarChat, so check out the video for more details. What I didn't realize is that this MBombay Habano had two bands. There is a smaller, more simple band underneath the large one. Basically, the cigar is beautiful to behold. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper was good looking as well.
The wrapper gave off notes of cedar, molasses and mild earth. I used an Xikar 009 punch and found a perfect draw. The cold draw offered up notes of cedar, sweet tobacco, nuts and raisins.
Beginning: The MBombay Habano started off with some very mild notes of cedar and earth. There was a white pepper spice in the retrohale that grew slow and steady throughout the first inch or so. The flavor started to thicken up as the first inch came to a close. Notes of nuts and cedar were dominating the show while an undertone of sweet cream balanced out the spice on the retrohale. A lovely herbal note showed up as the first third came to a close. This furthered the depth of and balance of flavor. The flavor profile was quite delicate and didn't pack the spicey punch I have come to expect from Habano wrappers.
Middle: The white spice on the retro peaked at the two-inch mark and never really took off the way I expected it to. Instead it balanced out the mild sweet cream notes and offered a nice backdrop for the nut and herbal notes. The cedar took a backseat and there were a few fleeting notes of buttered toast and musk in there as well, but they were clearly members of the supporting cast. The strength peaked at a medium-minus in my book.
End: The spice ramped up a bit in the final third, but never packed that Habano punch. The nutty and herbal notes took over the profile in the first inch and never let go.
Final Thoughts: I enjoyed the delicate web of flavors that the MBombay Habano provided. The profile was unexpected, well balanced and just complex enough to keep me guessing. I smoked the churchill and while I enjoyed it, I would be very interested to try this blend in the Corona or the Belicoso. There are few churchill's that I will seek out simply because of the time commitment. This blend did shine in this particular vitola, but I'm curious to try something smaller. The price of $11.50 may seem steep, but I think it's quite fair for a smoke that lasted me just over two hours.
Rating: 88 AKA "5-Pack Purchase"
I doubt I would pick up a 5er of the churchill for the reasons I stated above, but the corona at $8.50 and robusto at $9.00 are easy 5-Pack buys for me.