The original MBombay from Mel Shah's MBombay Cigar Co., was released a few years back. Taking it a step further, they have made the KeSara Reserve Nikka using the same Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, which they age in hybrid Sandalwood/Spanish cedar coffins for up to nine months. But, the Nikka uses a special blend of tobaccos aged three years longer than the original KeSara line.
MBombay KeSara Reserve Nikka
Size: 6.6 x 46
Vitola: Double Corona
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler: Dominican Republic & Peru
Factory: Tobaccos de Costa Rica
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigar for review provided by a fellow BOTL
Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.
Prelight: The wrapper has a very mild aroma of natural tobacco, hay and cedar, with just the slightest hint of some spiciness. The cold draw is a spicy cedar, that leaves a spicy tingle on the lips.
Beginning: The KeSara Reserve Nikaa has a tasty start. The first few puffs are a very mildly spicy cedar and hay note. At about a quarter of an inch in a creaminess joins, to make a creamy spice note that is quite good. The wood notes remain in the forefront though, creating a very smooth, mild-medium cigar. The burn is absolutely razor sharp, and the ash hangs on well. Proving great construction, which was true on both of the cigars I smoked.
Middle: The retrohale has a pretty hefty bite through the nostrils, and the body and strength have moved into a full medium here. The main flavor profile continues to be mainly a semi-sweet cedar note and a somewhat spicy, dry finish. The end brings out a lot of mushroom and earth notes. The burn and ash continue to be spot on.
End: The final third ramps up on the earth and mushroom notes. It becomes very "meaty" and heavy in the mouth. A huge change from the lightness in the beginning. The wood notes are still present, but very much in the background. Burn and ash are still spot on.
Final Thoughts: Both of the cigars I smoked had perfect construction, razor burn and a tight ash. The first two thirds were my favorite, and quite good. I have just never been a huge fan of the mushroom note, but if you are you will love the final third.
Rating: 86 AKA “A Couple”