Up for review is the Mbombay Habano Corona, a cigar by Bombay Tobak. It has a nice looking wrapper leaf with a cedar smell. Once we lit it up, the draw was good. We tasted cedar, a creamy sweetness, and spicy pepper. That pepper mellowed out eventually and left a pleasant and easy smoke. One had some minor construction issues. Overall, the flavor were simple and pleasant, but the $8 price makes it hard to recommend. May be a good choice for someone looking for a mild smoke.
Flavor and Taste: 17/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 7/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
StraightUpCigars: All right, this is a nice looking stick with a beautiful wrapper leaf. Draw is perfect and it has a very pleasant sweet cedar smell.
Terry1: This is my first time smoking any MBombay. I’ll need some help identifying which cigar this is. Looks to be a corona size. Has a light wrapper with a cedar note, as you mentioned. Draw is great on mine as well. Ready to light this one up.
StraightUpCigars: Lighting up!
StraightUpCigars: So this is the Mbombay Habano Corona, if I’m not mistaken.
Terry1: Yeah I agree. I found it with a little web searching. It’s starting good. Getting some creamy sweetness, cedar and a spicy pepper note in the sinus. Draw is perfect with lots of smoke.
StraightUpCigars: It was gifted to us by Bombay Tobak.
StraightUpCigars: Good description, Very cedary with some spice and pepper. Construction is perfect so far.
StraightUpCigars: I am just getting over a cold, so I’m stoked to be having a stogie tonight.
Terry1: This one should clear up your sinus. It’s getting overly peppery for me at the moment. Stings my sinus.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed, this thing is all habano at the moment. DPG like.
StraightUpCigars: Quick critique of the company, their website is Bombay, but the label and descriptions say Mbombay. That’s going to mess up customers searching their cigars.
Terry1: That seems odd they wouldn’t use the same name.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, it’s confusing. Looks like this one retails at $8.50 for a single. Very little savings for a box purchase.
Terry1: Pulled up their site and noticed the cigar we are smoking comes in two different styles of bands. Again confusing.
StraightUpCigars: Jeez, not helping. Can’t help but wonder about whether the founders of companies like these are going through with the FDA thing on the horizon. I wouldn’t be sleeping.
Terry1: Yeah I’m expecting the cigar industry is going to look a lot different in a year or two if the FDA doesn’t get stopped somehow. Tapped off the ash. Cigar still has the creamy sweetness, pepper is less abrasive and maybe a nutty note. I’m also getting almost a chemical note once in a while. Not sure what it is yet.
StraightUpCigars: The pepper on mine is mellowing a bit, getting a nutty and creamy flavor now with that cedar and spice.
Terry1: I’m liking this cigar more now that the pepper has mellowed. Whatever that chemical note was it didn’t last long. Only a few puffs.
Terry1: I’m surprised I’m starting to feel some strength. I’m about half way and this is not a large cigar. Band peeled off cleanly.
StraightUpCigars: Nice. I like it so far. Pretty straight-forward flavor profile, but tasty. For as much as I liked the cigar’s construction early on, it is now very spongy and light in the hand at the midway point. Feels under-packed to me, and is drawing as such.
Terry1: I’ve been checking out the other cigars they offer and many of the cigar lines use the same band. I don’t get it. If I purchased one and smoked it a year or two later I’m not sure I’d know which one I was smoking.
Terry1: They should add a secondary band with the cigar’s name on it.
StraightUpCigars: Yeah, it’s a bad system. We would be good cigar consultants.
Terry1: Getting into the final third. Flavors are the same, creamy cedar sweetness. Pleasant enough to keep me interested in finishing the cigar. Construction has been good. Strength is in the medium range for me. Might be heading into the full range by the time I get to the nub.
StraightUpCigars: Pretty much the same here, heading toward the nub. Still liking the flavor, but mine is too spongy here at the end.
Terry1: Mine didn’t get spongy. May be some inconsistent rolling.
Terry1: I’m setting mine down. Getting too short and hot to hold. Strength edged up to upper medium. I can feel it but I can still stand up. Good consistent flavors to the nub.
StraightUpCigars: Nubbed mine. Good stuff.
StraightUpCigars: We came to the same conclusion! Liked the cigar, but it’s this one will have a hard time standing out among the pack.
Terry1: Overall this cigar had some good flavors and construction on mine. My only criticism would be the price. If it were priced in the $5 range I’d be more likely to purchase more. It’s worth trying.