The MBombay Corojo is among the first batch of releases by the young boutique, a brand captained by former retailer Mel Shah. Few boutiques have had the kind of success Mel’s has had recently.  Although it has only been around since the middle of 2014, it already has a reputation for producing high-quality sticks that are lovingly crafted. It’s also clear that Shah has put a good deal of thought into his boutique’s concept, as it expresses a unified aesthetic, and every blend has tobaccos from several countries. It’s the kind of execution that is normally only possible for long time veterans, so it is highly encouraging that Shah already has the finer points down. And this blend is a strong sign of big things to come for the company.

The Ecuadorian Corojo Oscuro wrapper is nearly dark as midnight, and the rest of the blend consists of an Ecuadorian Criollo 98 binder and filler from three countries, including Peru, Ecuador, and the Dominican. The dark wrapper helps the MBombay Corojo appear exceedingly smooth though it helps that the stick only has some fine veins present. Like the rest of Shah’s sticks thus far, it is finished with an intricate, ornate band that contains a lot of Indian imagery. The stick is available in four vitolas, including Robusto (4 1/2 x 50), Perfecto (5 1/2 x 50), Gordo (6 x 60) and Double Corona (7 x 52). Several reviewers were impressed by the aromas and notes found on the cold draw that consist of some spice, citrus, herbs and wet earth. In short, it’s the kind of smoke that commands immediate attention.

The initial third of the MBombay Corojo offers a group of flavors that inhabit both ends of the sweet and savory spectrum. For the first handful of draws, the profile is heavy with earth and herbs, both of which make the stick highly aromatic. After the first half inch or so, the profile splits into a sweet and savory mix. The sweet side is made up of some chocolate and caramel notes, while the savory side tastes like smoke and mushrooms, according to a few reviewers.

During the second third of the MBombay Corojo, the chocolate and caramel flavors move into a secondary position, and the profile becomes less sweet overall. The earthy flavors, including the mushroom, shift to a mineral and soil flavor twosome.

In the last third of the MBombay Corojo, the chocolate and caramel flavors disappear entirely, replaced by coffee notes that pair well with the earthy tones. A few aficionados detected a roast flavor as well, and the stogie finishes off with this strong flavor combination.

The smoke quickly ramps up to a medium-full and stays there throughout. Although it is a punchy stick that offers a good deal of nicotine, the varied flavors holds their own and keep the smoke from feeling overwhelming. And so far, Shah has received several accolades for his blends’ performance, and this one brings an excellent burn and draw as well. It’s becoming a pattern for the upstart boutique – another release with no obvious, significant weaknesses, just quality execution.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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