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Cigar Review: Mombacho Cosecha 2013

Mombacho Cosecha 2013




The Spanish word “Cosecha” translates to “harvest” in English and is the perfect name to convey the genuine vintage nature of the Cosecha line.

The Cosecha 2013 is the second release of this limited vintage line and features Nicaraguan tobaccos harvested in 2013. The cigars have been in the aging room at Casa Favilli, Mombacho’s factory in Granada, since 2014.

Currently, Cosecha 2014 and 2015 have already been rolled and are resting in the aging room at Casa Favilli until ready for distribution. Cosecha 2013 is a vintage Nicaraguan puro and will be available at select cigar retailers in the near future.

The shipment of this special cigar was delayed nearly two months due to the turmoil currently engulfing the country of Nicaragua. The cigars will be distributed to retailers around the world once they reach the US.


“Cosecha is a project that has been in my heart since the day I started working with Mombacho,” said Claudio Sgroi, President and Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars. “True vintage is hard to find in the cigar industry and we have created a cigar that showcases the best of Nicaraguan tobaccos with Cosecha. Cosecha 2012 was great and Cosecha 2013 may be even better.”





Mombacho Cosecha 2013 is offered in one size:

  • 6 x 52 Toro with a pigtail cap
  • Available in 10-count boxes
  • Total boxes produced – 800
  • MSRP of $21.95 per cigar




The Nicaraguan Sun Grown Habano wrapper is mocha in color with a slight rust colored hue to it, notably darker than last years release.

The wrapper is full of tooth and vein with portions of minimal to light seam.

Rolled in the format of a 6 x 52 Toro it has a wide open foot with a rounded pigtail cap. Two bands sit on the vitola, colored in orange the main band has the logo of the recognizable volcano in gold reading “MOMBACHO” in solid gold font with gold accents on a solid orange background.

The secondary band rounds the foot portion of the cigar, also colored in orange with gold font reading “COSECHA 2013” with circular gold accents.

Rounding the band reads “2013 EDICION UNICA” in gold font on an orange background giving the vitola a look of rustic elegance.

Pre light aroma had notes if dried fruit, plum and dried black tea. The cold draw produced flavors of natural tobacco, cedar and mild floral.







At first light, a strong aroma of cedar or campfire permeates off the toasted foot. Once ignited, immediate initial flavors of orange peel and bitter char. Settling into first light are flavors of chocolate and a dried fruit sweetness similar to that of black cherries and raisins.

Background flavors of mild leather, raw walnuts and coffee. The spicy element is in the form of MED black pepper balancing in perfectly producing an aftertaste of floral and creamy leather that has a slight meaty element about it.

The retro is producing MED white/black table pepper through the nose for a long and balanced finish.




Entering cruise control burn are flavors of milk chocolate, creamy leather and natural tobacco. The background flavors have turned to roasted nuts with nuances of salted sunflower seeds, sans shell.

This may have accounted for the slight meaty salt flavor at first light that’s more clearly identifiable in the blend at the halfway point.

Black pepper is producing the spicy element at a MED level with a cinnamon spice aftertaste similar to Red Hots with a mild sweetness.

The retro is producing a level of FULL clean white pepper evolving into flavors of a dried fruit sweetness similar to black cherries.





In the final third all the aforementioned core flavors are producing a mild sweetness with each draw. Chocolate, coffee, creamy leather, roasted nuts and natural tobacco are on point.

Background flavors of sunflower seeds are adding a slight salt element to the mix. Black pepper has maintained the level of MED with a cinnamon spice that’s balancing in very nicely for a long sweet and spicy finish.

The retro is producing FULL white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of black cherries and raisins.




• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction. No palpable soft spots or blemishes. Rustic looking reddish wrapper had no cracks or visible performing faults.


• BURN: The burn was slightly crooked on the first example but self corrected in cruise control. Wrapper burn produced a thick black carbon line.


• ASH: The Ash was a uniquely colored light brown and black at first light for about the first inch, as the cigar evolved it turned to a blackish dark grey color, usually the result of volcanic rich soil. Holding slightly past the inch point it was compact and holding until tapped.


• CUT: Large V CUT on both examples smoked for review.


• DRAW: The Draw had slightly more resistance than I prefer. Trying to save the cigars integrity for the media portion of the review I opted for a large V CUT, the draw would have improved with a straight cut. The overall effect was very minimal on the smoke production of the vitola.


• RE LIGHTS: Zero re lights were required during the active smoking time.


• FIRE: Both vitolas smoked for review were lit with a triple jet flame torch.


• STRENGTH: The strength of the Mombacho Cosecha 2013 was in the straight upper MED bodied range. Flavors were consistent, complex and balanced with a long sweet and spicy finish.




The Cosecha 2013 is another very enjoyable cigar that’s offered yearly from Mombacho, last year the Cosecha 2012 scored high on the cigar smoke rating scale, this years release showed no sign of letting up scoring just as high.

A high end offering in the portfolio of the Mombacho cigar factory in Granada that boasts “Nicaragua’s Best Kept Secret”, guess what fellas? the cat’s out of the bag I think EVERYONE knows.

The Cosecha 2013 has a style of both sophistication and elegance, with an evolving flavor profile of balance and complexity! In the straight upper MED bodied range the Cosecha kept me interested from First light to final third.


Cigars for review: Mombacho Press party, Jammyland Las Vegas NV

Cigars smoked for review: 2

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 6 x 52 Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan, Habano, Sungrown 

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua 

Counrty of origin: Nicaragua 

Master Blender: Claudio Sgroi  

Production run: 800 boxes containing 10 Vitolas 

Factory: Casa Favilli, Granada Nicaragua



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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