Cigar Review: MBombay Maduro Churchill
Country: Costa Rica
Wrapper: Brazil (Mata Fina 2007)
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Honduras
Size: 7″ x 48
Strength: medium to medium-full
Overall Rating: 8.7
The MBombay is one of the latest boutique brands to hit store shelves. There is something refreshing about the branding of the MBombay from Bombay Tobak, and I’m surprised that no one went with an all out Indian them before. The MBombay is being made at the same factory as the Byron, so there has been a strong excitement about this cigar amoung certain groups of cigar nerds. Medium bodied with leather, spice, sweet chocolate and cinnamon flavors, the MBombay Maduro is a cigar worth trying.
Pre-Light: The band on the MBombay is so beautiful it looks like something Rudyard Kipling would have designed if he started a boutique cigar brand. The Indian theme to the cigar is certainly unique, and is a breath of fresh air at a time when many cigar bands have begun to look alike. A dark brown Brazilian wrapper with a nice oily sheen makes the band really stand out.
Leather is the dominant scent from the cigar’s wrapper. There is a cocoa and cinnamon scent that can be picked up from the unlit foot of the MBombay maduro. The cold draw is smooth and easy while allowing through flavors of cocoa and sweet spice.
Burn: The draw on the MBombay is perfect, and produces a good deal flavorful smoke. From start to finish the burn is even. The ash may not look pretty, but it holds very well to the cigar.
Flavor: The MBombay Maduro begins with some cedar and coffee flavors. Leather, sweet spice, coffee, cedar and cinnamon all mingle together nicely during the first third of the MBombay Maduro. On the retrohale there is a really sweet chocolate. At the transition to the second third the cinnamon really begins to stand out and mix well with coffee, chocolate and mild sweet spice. At the halfway point the spice begins to stand out for a while. In the final third of the cigar the coffee and chocolate flavors are joined by black pepper, cedar and leather.
Overall: The MBombay Maduro is a cigar that I had been wanting to try for a while. The MBombay is good medium bodied cigar that is quite impressive looking. Though the flavors are pleasing, there is a lack of complexity to the MBombay Maduro that I found a bit dissatisfying. The flavors are good and mix well together, but there is not a lot of development to them throughout the cigar. Personally, I’ve picked up a couple and added them to my aging humidor. However, I find the $13.50 a bit steep. I will pick it up to smoke once in a while, but I’m really excited to try some of the cigars that they have coming out in the future.
Pairing: The MBombay Maduro is one of those cigars that pairs very well with a cup of Darjeerling or Earl Grey tea. I prefer loose leaf kind of tea from Teavana. This is one of those cigar that pairs well with a glass of red wine such a a Pinot Noir or Meritage.
Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)
Some cigars for this review provided by the local rep for Bombay Tobak / MBombay cigars. No request for review was made. Though the generosity is appreciated it has no bearing on the way the cigar is reviewed. At ToastedFoot we are committed to providing impartial reviews.