Cigar Review: MBombay Gaaja Maduro

MBombay Gaaja Maduro


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Bombay Tobak, best known for its MBombay lines of cigars, launched a maduro version of its Gaaja brand last week. Called Gaaja Maduro, the cigar debuted at last year’s 2016 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer’s trade show and started shipping to cigar stores on February 13.

The company is also expanding the original Gaaja line with a new figurado called Torpedo, launching on the same date.



The new torpedo size keeps the same blend but packages in it a 6 1/2 x 54 box pressed shape. Like its predecessor, the Gaaja Torpedo is packaged in 10-count boxes.

The Gaaja line, which is pronounced GUY-yuh, is also gaining a maduro version, as Shah swaps in a Brazilian mata fina wrapper while keeping the core the same, though he does acknowledge that the proportions have been adjusted slightly to make the cigar taste more “complete.”

“This wrapper has played a very important factor in increasing the flavor and body to the cigar,” Shah said via a press release. “Brazilian mata fina has definitely addd more complexity into the mix.”

The Gaaja line is produced at Tabacos de Costa Rica. The line’s name comes from Gaja, a word which has roots in Hindu mythology and refers to the elephant, a symbol frequently seen in that religious tradition.

The elephant is a teacher and symbol of patience, which Shah felt was appropriate for this cigars release as he began working on it in 2012 in hopes of making a cigar that offers plenty of flavor but not overpowering strength.

  • Toro: 6 x 54
  • Torpedo: 6 1/2 x 54




The Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper is chocolate brown in color, box pressed and almost seamless with a few notable veins and tooth near the footer, the upper portion of the vitola is smooth and clean. Rolled in the figurado format, this is a generic term that refers to any cigar that is not of the Parejo shape.

One band sits on the vitola colored in light blue, gold and black outlines is artwork chosen by Mel Shah’s wife, looking somewhat like a triskelion  design from the “Book of Kells” however the motif is more of a design in contemporary Indian artwork.

Around the sides of the band in red font with a gold background reads “GAAJA” with “BOMBAY” “TOBAK” in red cursive on the other side. Pre light aroma had notes of chocolate, coffee and sweet cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of sunflower seeds and plain tea. 




Upon first light creamy milk chocolate, slight orange peel and leather. Sweet flavors of dark chocolate similar to flicks chocolate, cedar and burnt honey. Black pepper is present at a lower medium level.

In between draws a lingering spicy sensation is noted on the palate with creamy leather and nutty aftertaste. The retro is producing medium white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel.




Entering cruise control the chocolate evolution on Gaaja Maduro is off the charts! Rich cocoa similar to hot chocolate and coffee with nuances of salted roasted cashews.

A light dusting of glazed black pepper is balancing in with the vitola perfectly keeping it straight medium bodied thus far. Background flavors of creamy leather, cedar and charred brown sugar. The retro is producing medium white pepper allowing a distinct flavor of caramel right through the nose.




In the final duration the core flavors of chocolate are still on point. Cocoa, milk chocolate, coffee and mocha are still prominent blending in with roasted nuts most notable salted cashews.

Background flavors of creamy leather, plain sunflower seeds and cedar are most notable in between draws. Black pepper is muted but still adding a spicy element to the Gaaja in the form of a glazed pepper dusting.

The retro has decreased slightly, white pepper is mild through the nose allowing distinct flavors of chocolate and caramel to the fullest.




The construction of the Gaaja Maduro was solid throughout the entire smoking duration. The box pressed vitola had no palpable soft spots or wrapper cracks. The burn line was razor sharp and required zero re lights. The ash was darkish grey and held tight past the inch point but tapped off with ease.

The draw on the straight cut had a perfect milkshake type resistance that produced copious amounts of blueish white smoke.

The strength of the MBombay Gaaja Maduro was in the High MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse that covered a spectrum of chocolate flavors perfectly balanced with black pepper, nuts and coffee. Another tasty offering from Mel and the gang at MBombay Tobak. Buy a box!



  • Chocolate Dark/Milk/Flicks/Cocoa
  • Sweet Cedar
  • Burnt Honey
  • Creamy Leather
  • Salted Cashews/Sun Flower Seeds
  • Black Pepper/Glazed Dusting
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Caramel/Chocolate



Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3
Cigar Smoke rate: 94
Size: 6 1/2 x 54 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder: Ecuador HVA Seca Mejorada
Filler: Perú Hybrid Habano, Ecuador criollo 98, Paraguay Hybrid Habano 2000, Dominican criollo 98. Ligero: Dominican HVA Mejorado

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder
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