Cigar Review: MBombay Kesara Pyramid

Cigar Review: MBombay Kesara Pyramid

MBombay Cigars
Country: Costa Rica
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: USA (Connecticut Deas Florado)
Filler: Dominican Republic & Peru
Size: 7” x 54
Strength: medium
Price: $17.99

Overall Rating: 9.2

The other day I had the pleasure of talking to Mel Shah, the owner/blender of MBombay Cigars, while hanging out in the member’s only lounge of Stogies World Class Cigars. Mel is a fairly modest guy, so he may have though I was just blowing smoke (no pun intended) while I was raving about how much I enjoy his cigars. Of all the MBombay cigars released so far, the Kesara Pyramid is by far my personal favorite. It is one of those cigars that just stands out on retailers shelves, but it also stands out as a great smoking experience. If you’re a medium bodied smoker and find these at your local shop it is definitely worth picking up.


Pre-Light: MBombay has some of the most stunning of any cigar bands. A Persian carpet like band covers the Kesara Pyramid is one that is completely different from anything else on the market. A light kaki colored Ecuadorian wrapper covers the majority of the conical shaped Kesara Pyramid. The shaggy foot adds just a bit more character to this already eye catching cigar.


The wrapper leaf has a subtle hay and natural tobacco aroma to it. Off the unlit foot the natural tobacco aroma carries over from the wrapper and is joined by a bit of vanilla sweetness. The cold draw lets through flavors of grass, spices, cinnamon and something resembling chicken broth.


Burn: This cigar is superbly constructed. The burn on the MBombay Kesara is even from start to finish. The cigar has a superb draw and allows through a good deal of aromatic smoke.


Flavor: The MBombay Kesara Pyramid begins with a lot of hay, herbs and mild spice. There is an interesting flavor that occurs about an inch in that I can only describe as chicken broth. On the retrohale there is some interesting spice to it. Entering the second third of the cigar there is a growing cedar flavor that mixes with hay, spice and sweet tobacco. By the halfway point in the cigar there is a subtle coffee note that begins to develop. Some pepper begins to develop in the transition to the final third. The final third of this cigar has a mix of hay, spice, mild white pepper, cedar and oak flavors.


Overall: The MBombay Kesara is a very unique cigar both in construction and flavor. Some look at the cigar and wrongly assume that it is an extremely mild overpriced cigar, but they don’t realize that the Kesara is a flavorful cigar that is worth every penny. The construction on this cone shaped pyramid is really top notch; the burn and draw are both excellent. Perhaps the most interesting flavor encountered while smoking the Kesara is the chicken broth flavor that occurs in the first third of the cigar. The MBombay Kesara Pyramid is a cigar worth searching out. It is a great medium bodied cigar that is a great introduction to the MBombay brand. Whenever these cigars appear at my local retailer they tend not to be on the shelf for long, so I would suggest stocking up if you really enjoy the cigar Personally, I picked up several and have them sitting in my locker at my local lounge.


Pairing: This is one of those cigars that I prefer to drink sparkling water with so that I get the whole flavor experience, but MBombay Kesara pairs extremely well with a glass of Merlot or Pinot Noir. I enjoy the Fess Parker Pinot Noir. For the scotch drinker a dram of The Balvenie 21 PortWood or Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or are a great choice.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)