Cigar Review: Mombacho Cigars Liga Maestro

Mombacho Cigars Liga Maestro






While backpacking through Central America in 2005, Cameron Heaps, co-owner of Steam Whistle Brewing, discovered a family cigar factory next door to the school where he was taking Spanish lessons.

He and backpacking partner Markus Raty made regular visits to the factory in Granada, Nicaragua, during their stay and the owner regaled them with stories about the country’s history, culture and tobacco. “We just fell in love with the country and the spirit of the people,” said Heaps.

“We thought,  Man we have to share Nicaragua with the world.” In 2006, the family agreed to let Heaps and Raty use its recipe. They opened their own factory in 2010 in Granada and Mombacho Cigars was born. Its name was taken from a prominent volcano overlooking the 500-year-old colonial city.




Our Cigar Master:


Claudio is a true Doctor of Cigars. His vast knowledge and experience base extends from cultivation and tobacco procurement to blending and tasting as well as quality control processes.

Upon his discovery of Mombacho Cigars and their search for a new Master Blender, he was immediately drawn to Mombacho’s premium presentation and desire to treat all their employees like family while building an internationally renowned boutique cigar in Granada, Nicaragua.

As passionate and personable as he is knowledgeable, his presence in the factory immediately rubs off on those around him. Claudio brings a diverse professional portfolio to the Mombacho Family, highlighting previous work experience in global territories such as France, Turkey, Italy, the Caribbean and Central America.

He began his career in the tobacco industry in the Dominican Republic, under the direction of the internationally renowned tobacco expert Henki Kelner from the Oettinger-Davidoff Group.

After gaining valuable knowledge about tobacco production and cigar manufacturing, he moved to Geneva, Switzerland to increase his knowledge while working at Davidoff & Cie. By 2006 Claudio was promoted to Brand Manager at Davidoff in Treviso, Italy, a title that he held until 2009 when he launched his career as an independent consultant for various cigar brands in the United States.




I wanted to blend the different priming of ligero and viso because of the unique characteristics they bring. The differences bring nuance and deepness and it can be said we went a little maniacal in the selection of our fillers to bring unique flavor and stimulation to the blend. Nicaragua is blessed with volcanic soil.

Any member of our passionate cigar team will tell you this is what gives the tobacco a specific taste, aroma and strength that are impossible to find anywhere else. It is for this reason that we firmly believe the future of cigars lies in this Central American country. – Mombacho Cigars



  • DOBLE ROBUSTO: 6 3/4 x 50
  • NOVILLO: 6 x 52
  • HERMOSO: 6 x 46
  • GORDO: 5 x 54
  • PEQUEÑO: 4 1/2 x 44





The Nicaraguan Habano wrapper is milk chocolate brown in color, very smooth with barely notable seam and tooth. The vitola has a wide open foot and a rounded cap. The black and gold band gives the cigar an “Old School” look.

The matte black background has a solid gold image of the Mombacho Volcano with the word “MOMBACHO” under it in straight gold font. Along the side is “Granada Nicaragua” followed by “Casa Favilli” on the other side both in gold cursive.

Interesting enough, on the inside of the primary label looking like it was stamped in ink reads “AGO 2015” perhaps denoting the roll date. The secondary band is also colored matte black with gold accents “LIGA MAESTRO” in straight gold font designates the name of the particular line from Mombacho.

“TOTAL MENTE A MANO” followed by “PURO NICARAGUA” rounds out the sides. Pre light aroma had notes of cedar, caramel corn and cocoa, the cold draw produced flavors of leather, oak and mild ginger snap spice.




Upon first light there is a nice shot of black pepper spice straight on the palate. Charred cedar, leather and raw walnuts. Sweet flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and thick mocha are giving the vitola a pleasant mixture of sweet and mild spicy aftertaste in between draws.

The black pepper blasts have decreased into straight medium. The retro is producing full bodied thick white pepper evolving into flavors of roasted almonds.




Entering cruise control the spicy element of black pepper has increased slightly. Roasted nuts in the form of cashews and walnuts are on point with nuances of creamy leather and muted milk chocolate.

A ginger snap spice is quite prominent on the lips and palate in between draws with a leathery nutty aftertaste. Black pepper is present in the high medium range. The retro has increased with thick clean white pepper through the nose with nuances of caramel and roasted almonds.




In the final duration the black pepper element has decreased, however still present in a lower medium capacity. The core flavors of raw walnuts and salted cashews with nuances of muted milk chocolate have been on point throughout the entire smoking duration. Notable is the ginger snap spice and creamy leather aftertaste in between draws.

This vitola keeps giving even when it’s resting in the ashtray with palate pleasing flavors both complex and balanced giving it an extra long finish. The retro has decreased in strength producing clean white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of charred toffee and caramel.




  • Charred Cedar
  • Raw Walnuts/Salted Cashews
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Coffee/Mocha
  • Cream/Leather
  • Ginger Snap Spice
  • Black Pepper/Full to Medium
  • Clean White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Caramel and Roasted Almonds


Cigars smoked for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 93

Size: 6 x 46 (Hermoso)

Wrapper: Habano Shade Grown Jalapa Nicaragua

Binder: Habano Criollo from Jalapa Nicaragua

Filler: A blend of Condega and Jalapa Valley tobaccos

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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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