MBombay Kesara Pyramid

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    MBombay Kesara Pyramid

    Origin : Costa Rica
    Format : Pyramid
    MBombay CigarsSize : 7 x 54
    Wrapper : Ecuador
    Filler : Dominican Republic and Peru
    Binder : Ecuador
    Price : ~$18 each

    If you are shopping at the tobacconist and you spot MBombay Kesara cigars on the shelves, they’ll stand out instantly. They are quite unusual to look at, particularly where the band is concerned (more on that shortly). MBombay is a pretty new brand owned by Mel Shah. You may previously have known him better as the owner of Fame Wine & Cigar Lounge in Palm Springs. Shah’s cigar company MBombay launched in June of 2014 with two different lines: MBombay Classic and MBombay Maduro. The third line, M?ra, debuted that August. At the end of the year, Kesara came out.

    Kesara is available in three sizes: a 6 x 52 toro, a 4 ½ x 54 robusto, and a 7 x 54 pyramid. Mel Shah, the owner, sent me a sampler of the pyramids (thanks Mel!), which I am reviewing today. And we’ve got some more cigars to give away, read on for details!

    Appearance : [rating:5/5]
    These cigars are unique inside and out. In terms of appearance, there is a shaggy foot, which is something you don’t see everyday. The Ecuadorian wrapper is a light brown color with some noticeable veins. The tapering pyramid shape is of course unusual as well (the shaggy foot helps to exaggerate it). When you consider what’s inside is a filler made of Dominican and Peruvian tobacco and an Ecuadorian binder, you know you are in for a distinctive experience.

    MBombay Kesara Pyramid - the band

    The band deserves particular attention as well. It’s a huge band, covering maybe a third of the stogie. The intricate designs that adorn the band are absolutely gorgeous. They are ornate without being ostentatious, thanks to the subtle coloring.

    MBombay Kesara Pyramid - shaggy foot

    Construction : [rating:5/5]
    The construction on the cigar is excellent. The burn was steady from the beginning to the end. The draw was also perfect, not too loose or too tight, and the cigar produced plenty of smoke. Ash hangs on nicely for most of the smoke, but it does get flaky in the last third.

    Flavor : [rating:4.25/5] (4.25)
    This is a mild cigar, which somehow is not a surprise given its appearance and packaging. Just as there is subtlety in the artwork adorning the band, there is subtlety in the flavor profile as well. The main flavor I pick up during the first third distinctly is cedar. There is also some sweet natural tobacco, hay, what tastes like cooking herbs, and maybe just a hint of some kind of pastry. This is yet another way in which the flavors mirror the label—intricacy.

    During the second third, I pick up a bit of pepper. Dry wood and grain remain the most dominant notes, but there is a hint of something else as well, possibly coffee. It is hard to pick out the individual notes because they are woven so well into the whole. On the final third, I get similar flavors, with maybe just a hint of citrus thrown in for good measure.

    Overall, the flavors did not transition all that much. There were subtle changes throughout the experience, but no radical shifts. Strength never tipped above medium. This cigar won’t throw you any curve balls, but sometimes that is a good thing.

    Value : [rating:3.5/5]
    This is the only area where I really have to dock points. I really enjoyed the MBombay Kesara Pyramid, but I am not crazy about the high price tag. Eighteen clams isn’t something I can afford to pay too often for a smoke.

    Overall Rating : [rating:4.25/5] (4.25)
    Aside from the high price, I loved everything about the MBombay Kesara Pyramid. The unusual, distinctive appearance and the excellent construction made me inclined to enjoy this smoke right from the start. The flavors were beautifully blended, and even though they didn’t offer much in the way of surprises, they were thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. I also loved the fact that somehow this cigar had exactly the kind of flavor profile I would have expected from its appearance and the design elements used in the band and packaging. That doesn’t happen all that often.

    At $18 each, you probably won’t be able to smoke these too often, but you should definitely treat yourself to at least one or you’ll be missing out!

    Now the part you’ve been waiting for – the giveaway. Thanks to Mel Shah and MBombay cigars, we’ve got three 2-packs to give away to three lucky readers – each pack will contain one Kesara Pyramid and one Vintage Reserve Nikka (one of the Halfwheel’s top 25 cigars of 2015). That’s ~$30 value per sampler! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post – and please share it with your friends!

    Contest is open internationally, you must be of legal age to smoke in your country. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced in one week, next Thursday.

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    • James Q

      My local cigar store, Tedford’s in Mill Valley, CA recommended this cigar to me a few weeks ago. Just got around to smoking it last weekend. I am not an experienced cigar smoker, so my rankings are very simple: Good, Not Good, Ok. I give this one a Good.

    • Edward

      An interesting looking cigar… Will have to look for at my tobacconist. Thanks for the review!

    • Eskubano

      Seems like a very interesting cifar and thanks for the review. Good luck to us.

    • Michael Villani

      Looks Tasty!!!

    • Michael Villani

      Looks good!

    • Sean Nixon

      Nice review

    • Brad J

      Loved the review and happy I found this little community.

    • Al Quackenbush

      Great review!! Those are unique and I’ll bet full of flavor.

    • John B

      Thanks for the review. Cosistant with all I have read. Only knock against is the price point.

    • Zack

      Mbombay has been on my list to try for about a year now. I’ve never seen them at my B&M but I will make sure to try one in 2016!

    • Steve-

      Will that cigar pair well with a lassi?

    • Mayu

      Gorgeous cigar! Them shaggy feet scare me. Reminds me of a few edmundos in my humi but, of course, not by design and more from poor construction. 8) would love to try these out! Fingers crossed!

    • Anthony A.

      Thanks for a great review. Looking forward to trying some of these.

    • Joe

      Awesome contest. Would love to win these

    • Steve W.

      Great writeup

    • Eddie

      Sounds Tasty!

    • Jack

      Can’t wait to try one

    • James

      A local B&M had some Mbombay cigars, and I purchased one on recommendation on a reviewer I trust. It was everything he said it would be…very enjoyable.

    • Joe Mazloom

      Great review and the cigar sounds amazing. Hope I win!!!!!

    • Nathan

      Great, great, great sticks!!! Always desire to have more.

    • Jason

      Thanks for the review!

    • Dan

      First I’ve heard of this cigar. Sounds like 1 to try is in order.

    • Joe

      Nice review. Thank you!

    • Bojan Djordjevic

      Great giveaway! And great review as always!

    • tcarblu

      Sounds interesting. Would like to try it, also.

    • Jason

      Would love to try

    • druid

      Same issue as most of the comments here…hard to find. Maybe if I win one…

    • Jmorena

      Cool looking smokes. Would love to sample one.

    • Perietta Migranté

      that was an excellent review. the vitola is indeed unique + so is the band. the elevated price would definitely deter me from purchasing the cigar. overall, i would be interested in experiencing the flavour profile of the cigar. thanks for the contest!

    • Charles Csaldwell

      Would love to sample these!

    • Carlos

      As always, an excelent review. Even when I’m not going to try (at least not for now) a good deal of the cigars here, it’s a pleasure to read your opinion and experiences. Keep up the amazing work guys, and compliments from a brazilian reader.

    • Joel Livingston

      Great Review, and thanks for the contest!!

    • Julio

      First time hearing of these. At that price it had better be good.

    • jjo

      I had a Classic when they first came out, and was quite impressed with it . I love their use of Peruvian tobacco in the blends.

    • Tom Andersen

      Would love to try these

    • Brett

      My milk shake brings all the puros to the yard… puros to the yard… I could teach you – but i’d have to charge. damn right, it’s better than yours…

    • Marc L.

      What an interesting release! Hope I can find some.

    • Eddie Love

      Just got told about your cigar line. I will be looking for them in my Cigar store travels. I have recently been on a quest for Peruvian cigars here in CA. So I hope to experience one of yours soon.
      Thanks for bringing Peruvian tobacco to CA.

    • ludo

      like to try this cigar!!

    • John W

      Definitely sounds and looks like an interesting cigar and based on the review something that I would enjoy smoking. Thanks for the contest and review!

    • Rohn

      I am a big fan of pyramids. My favorite so far is the obelisco from La Gloria. Hopefully this will be as tasty. I have not seen these in Pittsburgh yet. Thanks for the review!

      • Mel

        You should try Old Aleghney smoke shop in Pittsburgh area!!

    • Michael Barrett

      Looks like a great cigar and the review has peeked my interest in them.

    • ray klouda

      For $18 a stick,i don’t want to taste dry wood, grain ,and black pepper.oh, and hay, another flavor you look for in a $18 cigar..sounds a lot like the red label Camacho, which was one of the worst cigars I didn’t finish.do yourself a favor, go to your local smoke shop, and grab 2 bourbon aged perdomos.$9 a stick.one maduro, one Connecticut.nothing about this cigar sounds or looks appealing, including that God awful label.

    • Adam

      I’ve been wanting to try these cigars for the longest time they sound so darn good! Nobody around me carries them though. I’ll have my fingers crossed.

    • panagiotis

      Never have seen one of them in Greece.I would love to try one of them

    • Chris

      Fantastic review as ever, hope i win one of these cigar BOMB BAYS…

    • Blitzkrieger

      Between snuff and snus i am pretty happy but cigars have alway been a favorite. So different from pipe smoke and so wonderful. We dont see a lot of variety around here in Nova Scotia so I would love to sample these! Ooooh yeah!

    • mike m

      great giveaway
      was lucky enough to get a couple mbombays, but have yet to smoke 1. sticks were on the dry side when they arrived, so i am waiting for them to find their balance in the humidor first

    • Ruy Morris

      I love trying new cigars. Fingers crossed.

    • Jose G.

      Interesting looking stick. Have not seen them here in Canada.
      Would love to try one

    • Joe Poisson

      Thanks for the review; when a special occasion occurs, I’ll give the MBombay Kesara a try.

    • Mark D.

      Great opportunity…can ALMOST taste it from here.

    • Brian

      Thank you for the review and another contest. What an interesting look to these cigars. I suspect I would keep it and look at it for some time before I actually smoked it.

    • Chickenhawk

      Never heard of em,
      Might need to try them out

    • Walt Mick

      Great cigar. Enjoyed the toro. Looking forward to trying the pyramid.

    • Mark VS

      Your great review solidifies my desire to try this cigar and the Nikka sounds like another beautifully blended cigar. Thank you for the giveaway and the opportunity to try these cigars.

    • Sandy Wilson

      Sounds intriguing and I have a couple of suggestions for the good Mr Shah:
      – A Kesara pyramid with a shaggy foot should definitely be nick-named the Yeti…
      – The band is gorgeous – please make it into a shirt (or tie)!

    • Walt Mick

      Great review. Great brand. Loved the toro’s that I’ve had.

    • Chris M

      A very interesting cigar. I recently returned from the Bahamas with some Graycliff cigars which fall into the same price range. I would love to compare the two. The Graycliff’s will be my first “boutique cigars”, so to speak, and I will definitely look for the MBombay Kesara Pyramid when their gone. Besides, Bombay is my favorite gin for a G&T! Thanks for the review and opportunity.

    • David H

      Very intriguing. I look forward to my purchase.

    • Hyland

      Sounds great

    • Larry Stocker

      As a graphic designer/copy writer/creative director, I get it. The presentation, the band, the foot – all scream exclusivity. I would spend hours just gazing at it. What a masterpiece! I appreciate the opportunity to receive Cigar Inspector reviews. I learn something new each time. Best regards, Larry from Kansas.

    • Joe K

      Would love to try those.

    • Lorri

      Thanks for the opportunity! MBombay has a very unique and interesting flavor!

    • Gary

      I would give them a try.

    • Bob Dog Langmaid

      I love MBombay and would love to try these as well!!!

    • Wrendad

      Love that you guys do so much for cigars and cigar smokers!

    • David G

      Good luck to all of my fellow aficionados!

    • Brlesq