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Cigar Review: MBombay Connecticut Classic

17 Feb 2016


This cigar’s smooth, light brown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper—even with much of it hidden by the huge, ornate band—makes an inviting first impression. It’s equally enticing after lighting up.

MBombay ClassicAn original line from Mel Shah’s Bombay Tobak, Classic has a Dominican binder and Dominican, Honduran, Peruvian, and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. (I’ve also written about MBombay’s KẽSara, Habano, and Mora lines.)

One area that stood out—something I rarely notice, frankly—was the cap. It drapes quite a bit past the shoulder, making it easy to apply the cutter without fear of going too far and possibly causing the wrapper to unravel.

The Classic line is clearly aimed at the large segment of the cigar audience that prefers milder cigars, and it clearly hits the mark. I think most smokers will find the strength to be in the upper-mild/lower-medium range.

This Churchill, one of five vitolas in the line, is 7 inches long with a ring gauge of 48. The MSRP is $11.50.

My first impression was formed from the deep, rich smoke and near perfect draw in each sample I smoked. The cigar is incredibly smooth, with a light finish. I found the flavors to be light as well, the sort that I might miss if I didn’t pay attention as I smoked.

That’s one reason I enjoy the occasional milder cigar. It creates a different smoking experience, tapping into tastes that don’t usually come into play with a higher-powered smoke.

In the beginning, I noticed a little spice and cedar that wound down after about an inch, overtaken by a delicate sweetness. The dominant trait, for me, was without a doubt the creamy smoothness of the smoke.

Construction was excellent in each of the three Churchills I smoked. They were supplied by Bombay Tobak.

Whether you regularly smoke milder cigars or, like me, pick one up every once in a while, the MBombay Connecticut Classic is definitely worth your consideraiton. I rate it four stogies out of five.

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–George E

photo credit: Stogie Guys / Bombay Tobak

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