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:

  • Connecticut Classic
  • Corojo Oscuro
  • Habano
  • Kesara
  • Mora

We recently had Mel from MBombay on CigarChat and we discussed each of the blends.  Check out the video below.

MBombay Habano

Size: 6 x 49

Vitola: Churchill

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 

Binder: Ecuador

Filler: Nicaragua and Peru

MSRP: $11.50

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.  

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Comment by Charlie on January 11, 2016 at 9:31pm

LOVE that photo of the band! Beautiful! I'm the same with Churchill's...I rarely smoke them, only when I'm sitting in a lounge or watching a football game. Not only is $11 a good price because of the size/time of enjoyment but I know Mel uses only the highest quality aged tobaccos in his blends.

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on January 12, 2016 at 12:04am

I've smoked a few Mbombay. There is no doubt that he is using quality tobacco, and the flavors are almost always what I would describe as delicate. They don't overwhelm the palate, and you really have to pay attention to get the most out of these blends. That said, the mora I smoked last year was by far my favorite. I bought it while I was in so cal, so it was a few bucks more expensive than had I bought it elsewhere. 


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Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on January 12, 2016 at 6:42am
Rob takes fancy pictures

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Comment by RobbyRas on January 12, 2016 at 9:26am

Charlie - There is no question that high quality tobacco was used and I do like things on the lighter side, so this was in the area of my wheelhouse.  The size was not what I would normally grab, but it was a quality smoke


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Comment by RobbyRas on January 12, 2016 at 9:29am

Stefan -  After smoking this Habano I am real curious to check out the rest of the MBombay line.  We'll have a group review of the Mora and the Kesara in the coming weeks... We'll also feature the Mora and Kesara on SOP with the Kesara being feature on this week's show


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Comment by RobbyRas on January 12, 2016 at 9:29am

Logan -  I take fancy pics because I care

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