Review: MBombay KeSara Reserve Nikka

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

Binder: Ecuador

Filler: Dominican Republic & Peru

Factory: Tobaccos de Costa Rica

MSRP: $12.00

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”

Views: 72

Comment by 007MI6 on February 5, 2016 at 9:51pm

Thanks Charlie and good call! I missed changing that from my template, it got late. :P Fixed now!

Comment by Charlie on February 5, 2016 at 9:52pm

:-) Great review...I really want to try these...

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on February 6, 2016 at 9:32am
Enjoyed the review. Ive been seeing these all over social media as of late.
Comment by Docwill on February 8, 2016 at 9:51pm

Great write up brother. This cigar sounds right in my wheelhouse. I need to smoke this one.

Comment by 007MI6 on February 9, 2016 at 11:16am

Thanks guys! Appreciate the feedback!


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