Last year, MBombay entered the market with three lines in a relatively quick period of time: Classic, Maduro and shortly thereafter, Mōra. The latter is a limited production line from the company, which now has six different lines in its portfolio. For MBombay, it’s not just about growing the number of lines the company offers, there’s also been quite a bit of expansion in the vitolas offered since I reviewed the cigar last August.
Originally, the line had just a Lancero (7 x 38) and Toro (6 x 52), but there is now six more sizes, with most coming in larger paper jars instead of traditional boxes.
Here’s what I said when I first reviewed the Mōra Toro:
I found the Mōra to be enjoyable, but it has its annoyances, mainly centered around construction. While never problematic, it is slightly behind many of the cigars on the market today and not helped by the price point. The flavors are deep and actively change throughout the profile, particularly when you have a mindset that allows you to think about them. While I struggle with the $14 price point, I do think this might be able to carve out a niche at that price level as the vast majority of cigars north of $12 are either much stronger or much lighter.
- Cigar Reviewed: MBombay Mōra Toro
- Country of Origin: Costa Rica
- Factory: Tabacos de Costa Rica
- Wrapper: Dominican Havana Corojo
- Binder: Peru
- Filler: Dominican Republic & Ecuador
- Size: 6 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Vitola: Toro
- MSRP: $14 (Boxes of 15, $210)
- Release Date: Aug. 18, 2014
- Number of Cigars to be Released: Regular Production
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Redux: 1
I really wish there was an easier way to tell the various MBombay lines apart by their bands. The added lines have not only made that more confusing as they all use the same base bands. This only gets more confusing because there are actually two bands, the large band on this cigar and a smaller band for shorter vitolas, but both are used regardless of the blend. That being said, the main band is incredible. It’s not only extremely-well designed from an art perspective, but the quality of the printing is equally as notable. As for the cigar, it has some bumps and a few noticeable veins, but it otherwise seems well-rolled. There’s almost no aroma off the wrapper, but I do pick up a bit of floral flavors. It’s probably actually coming from the foot,w which has a much more noticeable floral flavor, sweet cinnamon, some chocolate and caramel—almost like a Butterfingers. The cold draw has some bubble gum, floral and bits of cedar and cocoa—it tastes very good and rather reminiscent of Cuba.
The Mōra kicks off with a big cedar note and a bit of saltiness. It’s unfortunately missing all the floral flavors that I previously smelled. As the first third burns, figs, cedar and creaminess make up the core along with some mild spice towards the end. It’s medium-plus in strength and medium-full flavor. A coffee flavor adds itself to the mixture midway through as the cigar sweetens. It’s a good move for the MBombay, but still not enough to write home about. Towards the final two inches, things turn earthier with a burnt coffee and creaminess mixing in the back. A wheat pasta emerges on the finish, which is interesting, but ultimately a bit misplaced.
I bypassed the normal third paragraph of tasting notes for a redux because it was unnecessary. My issues with the Mōra the first time I smoked it were construction and price. My issues with it the second time are around are the same. the cigar required a lot of work to keep it lit and far more attention than I would normally give a cigar. The flavor is interesting and has gotten a bit stronger with some rest, but the burn issues remain a problem.