Cigar Review: MBombay Corojo Oscuro Gordo

MBombay Corojo Oscuro Gordo







MBombay cigars represent the most admired cigar culture of Cuba. From selecting the best of the best quality of different tobaccos used to the aging process of the cigars, are taken into consideration. Our cigars are rolled in Costa Rica by some of the most experienced cigar rollers, giving it a unique smoking experience.

The band for our cigars, portray the most detail and artistic nature of our small industry. Cigars, for us, is a way of life. The philosophy is simple, use of the best quality of tobaccos and make a best quality cigar.



Mel Shah owner of the brand told CIGAR SMOKE “We make Gordo sizes in our two blends – Habano and Corojo Oscuro. Because of the size and the smoking time, we really focus on the fact that the cigar enthusiast, does not get bored or overwhelmed with the cigar.

Intensity of the flavor and balance with the strength of the cigar is very important when it comes to cigar sizes which are larger”.

AGING / STORING technique for Corojo Oscuro Gordo continued Shah “We use two ligero leaves for this particular blend. On top of it, the corojo wrapper also adds on quite a bit of humidity to the cigar.

Before we realease the batch of the Gordo size, they normally stay in our humidor for over six to eight months. Ideally, I recommend to enjoy this vitola at a lower humidity (65%). This will bring out the most flavors of the wrapper and the ligero”.



The Ecuadorian Corojo 96 Mejorado wrapper is dark coffee bean in color glistening with oil. Silky smooth with barely visible seam, vein and minimal tooth. The largest ring gauge in the MBombay portfolio it measures in at 6 x 60 with a wide open foot and a rounded cap that’s rolled in the Gordo format.

A large band sits on the vitola, artwork that has become synonymous with MBombay bringing a touch of the Far East complete with red and gold trim around the label.

In the middle reads “MBOMBAY” in straight red font. Pre light aroma had notes of cedar, nuts and warm chocolate. The cold draw produced flavors of leather, oak and muted chocolate.





Upon first light slight char and bitter orange peel. Once combustion transition occurs flavors of black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, raw walnuts and rich cedar that’s still producing a slight char.

Background flavors of cocoa bean, leather and a thick molasses sweetness. Black pepper is present at a medium level balancing in with notes of coffee and chocolate.

Medium white pepper on the retro producing a slight sting through the nostrils evolving into flavors of toffee char and caramel. 


Entering cruise control the core flavors of dark chocolate and coffee are balancing in perfect with a light black table pepper dusting creating a long sweet and spicy, slightly bitter finish.

Background flavors of creamy nutmeg and roasted nuts are giving the MBombay Corojo Oscuro a chewy aftertaste most notable in between draws. The retro has increased with clean white pepper evolving into flavors of milk chocolate and coffee grounds.


In the final duration the core flavors have been on point with dark chocolate, coffee and a mixture of roasted nuts all balancing in perfect concert. A transition of differing chocolate notes, in the form of both dark/bitter and milk have been consistent throughout the entire smoking duration.

Background flavors of creamy nutmeg, leather and walnuts. Black pepper has increased slightly adding the spicy element to the vitola. Increased white clean white pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of toffee char and coffee grounds with nuances of chocolate.


The construction of the MCOG was solid all the way through and extremely consistent on all three examples smoked for review, very impressive for a large size vitola. The burn line went crooked from time to time but always quickly corrected itself.

The white/grey ash was compact and tight holding past the inch point. Too large to V cut, the straight cut was wide open with the perfect amount of resistance producing copious amounts of creamy aroma filled smoke.

Zero re Lights required with adequate combustion on all three examples. The strength of the cigar was in the straight MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse FULL with core flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and pepper. 



  • Coffee
  • Chocolate/Dark/Milk
  • Roasted Nuts/Walnuts
  • Nutmeg/Creamy
  • Leather
  • Black Pepper/Med/Table Pepper Dusting
  • Clean White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Charred Toffee/Chocolate/Coffee Grounds




Cigars for review: Purchased By Cigar Smoke

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 92

Size: 6 x 60 ( Gordo )

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo 96 Mejorado

Binder: Seca, Habano 2000 form Ecuador

Filler: Seco: Paraguay hybrid Habano

Viso: 1 leaf Nicaraguan criollo 92, 1 leaf Dominican HVA Mejorado, 1/2 leaf Peru Hybrid Habano

Ligero: Domincan Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Crillo 92

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