Date: May 2019
Author: Inspector Z

Mbombay is coming to New Zealand. The Costa Rican cigars will be imported by Canteros. Canteros owner Grant Ovenden confirmed that to us.


MBombay is the brand from Bombay Tobak. The company is owned by Mel Shaw. Shaw is an IT professional turned cigar retailer. Shah went to Costa Rica to create a private blend. He did this for his Fame Wine & Cigar Lounge in Palm Springs in California.

With MBombay he tries to emulate the fabled cigar culture of Cuba. Tobaccos are carefully selected, processed and aged. Then very experienced master rollers create the cigars. The cigars became so popular that Shah made them available for others as well. And with success, his cigars are rated highly amongst cigar smokers. International distribution is the next step. And by exporting to New Zealand, MBombay takes that first step.

MBombay has several different blends. All the names are connected to Shah’s Indian heritage. Shah has Indian roots. Just like Rocky Patel and Kaizad Hantosia. Hantosia is the owner of Gurkha cigars.

Ministry of Cigars Mbombay Cigars are coming to New Zealand

MBombay lines

Gaaja is made with a wrapper from Ecuador. This is a hybrid leaf. The binder is also Ecuadorian. The filler comes from several countries and consists of tobacco from Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador and the Dominican. There is also a Maduro version with a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper.

The MBombay classic is made from Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and an Ecuadorian binder The filler comes from Peru, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.

Mbombay Habano follows the classic blend carefully. The wrapper is Habano from Ecuador. The binder is Corojo from Ecuador. The fillers come from Peru and Nicaragua.

Then there is the Mbombay Corojo Oscuro. As the name says, the wrapper is Corojo Oscuro. And again from Ecuador. The binder is Ecuadorian as well. The filler comes from Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.

MBombay Kesara is made from Ecuadorian Connecticut Deas Florada, with an Ecuadorian Havana binder. The filler comes from Peru and the Dominican Republic.

The MBombay Moro has a shaggy foot. This cigar was released in 2014 with a Dominican Havana Corojo wrapper. The binder is from Peru. The filler comes from the Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

One of the new lines is the Mbombay MQBA. This is an Ecuadorian puro, meaning all tobacco comes from Ecuador. The tobacco is all aged, the crop is from 2009. The plantation was leased by MBombay, specifically with this blend in mind.


As of yet, we have to get confirmation from Canteros which lines and sizes will eventually be available down under. But it is certain, Mbombay is coming to New Zealand. Canteros is the sole distributor for new world cigars in New Zealand. The company has been adding a lot of new brands in the last few months. Those include Balmoral, Dunbarton, Casa Cuevas, El Viajante and the cigars from the German manufacturer Schuster.

Besides the new brands, the company has also expanded its portfolio for Alec Bradley, Illusione, Joya de Nicaragua and Drew Estate. They also added the Select Draw Cigar Cutter to the accessories line-up.

Ministry of Cigars Canteros
Grant Ovenden, the cigar merchant

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