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Cigar Review | MBombay KeSara Vintage Reserve Nikka

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out a new brand to my humidor. The MBombay KeSara Vintage Reserve Nikka builds off the original release of the MBombay KeSara line with filler tobacco being aged three years longer on this new release. This 6.5×46 stick features a velvety smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper securing an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Peru. It has a pigtail cap and appears to be expertly rolled.

MBombay KeSara Vintage Reserve Nikka

The wrapper gives off a potent aged tobacco and manure aroma. The closed foot produces more of the same with a fruity element. On the cold draw, I pick up a salty cedar flavor. Once lit, the draw offers a buttery, creamy cedar flavor with a clove and leather mix. Through the nose, I find caramel and graham cracker alongside mild black pepper spice. The finish is smooth giving me more buttery cedar with spicy leather and a peanut note.

The first third ends at twenty-five minutes. On the draw, I find creamy cedar with caramel and mild leather. Through the nose, there is a distinct floral tea note on top of vanilla and toast. The finish consists of peanut alongside white pepper and sweet cedar. Strength is very mild, but the body of the smoke is a steady medium.

MBombay KeSara Vintage Reserve Nikka

The second third gets me to fifty minutes. The draw offers black pepper and floral cedar. On the retro-hale, I pick up more vanilla with the addition of caramel and just a hint of tea. The finish is very smooth with more peanut flavor on top of white pepper and spicy hay. There is no change to strength or body.

MBombay KeSara Vintage Reserve Nikka

The final third closes out at one hour and twenty minutes. The draw gives me a tasty mix of creamy toast, cedar, and sweet tea. Through the nose, there is a huge bomb of tea and floral earth. The finish consists of even more floral tea flavors on top of some spicy white pepper. Strength and body both finish out at the medium mark.

MBombay KeSara Vintage Reserve Nikka

The KeSara Vintage Reserve is a pleasant change of pace to the world of mild to medium cigars. It offers up some moderate complexity with a lot of unique flavor. This is an elegant cigar that performs well aside from a few minor burn issues. If you enjoy lighter cigars, this is certainly one I recommend trying out.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Matilde Renacer

It’s Stog o’Clock! This go-around, I smoke and review the Matilde Renacer in the Lancero size. This 7×40 stick features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper concealing Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers and a Dominican binder. The wrapper produces a rich fruit and chocolate aroma, while the foot gives off a splendid mix of dark chocolate, soil, and grass.

The pre-light draw gives me a slight espresso and earth. Once lit, this long and skinny cigar hits me with a huge bomb of black pepper spice. I find a hint of chocolate on the draw, and the finish continues to be a bomb of spice. I pick up wood through the nose with a bold, dark earth and some coffee.

Matilde Renacer

After twenty-five minutes, I finish the first third. The draw gives me a blast of black pepper spice with some strong earth and a dark wood. Through the nose, I pick up notes of leather, black cherry, and more black pepper. The finish is long with a delicious bold coffee complimented by some cocoa and a very distinct peanut note. The body of the smoke is very full, and the strength lands in the medium-to-full range.

Matilde Renacer

One hour in, I finish the second third. On the draw, I’m presented with wet leather, strong cocoa, and more black pepper spice. The retro-hale treats me to a spicy espresso with a refined pencil lead and notes of buttery popcorn. Strength and body make a jump to the full mark.

Matilde Renacer

I finish the final third at an hour and a half. The draw gives me spicy leather with hints of dark chocolate and a rich cedar. Through the nose, there is more espresso with the introduction of a raisin note and black pepper. The finish continues to be long with bitter coffee, very herbal tea, and a fantastic fruity wood note. There is no change to strength or body.

Matilde Renacer

Overall, this cigar blew me away. This was my first Matilde cigar, and it certainly won’t be my last. I highly recommend this blend and can’t wait until the next time I can light one up. For a retail price of $9, it’s not super cheap, but it doesn’t break the bank and contends to beat out a lot of more expensive cigars. Make sure to check this one out.

Keep on puffin’!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)


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