One of the brands I was introduced to this year was MBombay. After watching the CigarChat with Mel Shah, his passion for tobacco had me excited to try some of their blends.
One of the fascinating things MBombay does is to rest or age their cigars in special chests constructed of Sandalwood and Spanish Cedar.
The Kesara is available in eight different vitolas, including the No. 4 (5.1x44), Robusto Largo (4-1/2”x54), 585 (5”x58), Salomon (6”x58), Torpedo No. 2 (6”x52), Toro (6-1/2”x52), Pyramid (7-1/2”x54), and an A size (9”x47).
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The nose on the MBombay Kesara Torpedo No. 2 was dry and sweet cedar, with a hint of hay and some interesting spices. I wasn’t able to get anything else from the closed foot.
I used a guillotine cut on the cap, but a v-cut would have worked well. No issues with the draw.
Graham cracker sweetness on the first few draws, quite rich with trailing hay. Off the retrohale I’m getting some medium minus spices, hints of leather and earth on the post draw. I taste some subtle cherry buried in the retrohale along with a subtle pepper. At the 20 minute mark some chocolate adds to the flavor complexity with hay on the post draw. The chocolate continues to build in strength to become one of the most prominent flavors.
Pretty significant flavor profile changes going into the middle third. It starts out with a rich spiciness with some layered sweetness. The spices start out at medium intensity and then give way to some cedar as it falls to light plus. The cedar gives a drying mouthfeel on the post draw and I find myself reaching for water.
Creamy start to the last third with a mixture of the spices and cedar from the middle. There are some floral notes and earth as the first third closes out.
Total smoking time was 1 hour and 35 minutes.
It takes a lot for a cigar with a Connecticut wrapper to jingle my jangle. The MBombay Kesara Torpedo No. 2 absolutely blew my hair back with nuanced layers of flavor complexity from start to finish. Based on the performance of the Kesara I will be eagerly anticipating reviewing other cigars from their portfolio.
Coffee and tea would both pair brilliantly with the Kesara. If I were to go with an alcohol it would be rum.