It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the new MBombay Gaaja. This 6×54 box-pressed stick features a very smooth Ecuadorian Hybrid wrapper on top of an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, and Paraguay. It retails for $15.50.
The cold draw gives me dried cherry flavor. The wrapper produces a rich leather and chocolate aroma with the same out of the foot. Once lit, I find sweet cedar, white pepper, and vanilla on the draw. Through the nose, I pick up more vanilla and white pepper. The finish gives me cinnamon, additional vanilla, cedar, and toast.
The first third wraps up at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up cedar with sweet almond and white pepper. Spicy gingerbread comes through the retro-hale. The finish gives me black pepper with vanilla and leather. Both strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
One hour and ten minutes in, the second third wraps up. I pick up the same flavors on the draw with an added saltiness. Through the nose, there’s black pepper and cedar. The finish offers more black pepper with nutty earth. Strength and body remain the same at a steady medium.
The final third closes out at one hour and forty-five minutes. On the draw, I find spicy white pepper and cedar. Through the nose, I continue to get black pepper with the addition of toast. There is no change to the retro-hale. Both strength and body finish out at the medium mark.
The Mbombay Gaaja is a pretty good smoke. It’s expensive, but it’s got a nice amount of complexity with enjoyable flavors. Strength and body remain in the center of the road throughout making for a very approachable cigar. It’s another MBombay I recommend trying out.