Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Mombacho Cigars Tierra Volcan in Review

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Mombacho Cigars Tierra Volcan in Review

WRAPPER: Nicaraguan
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Clasico (5.5x50) closed-foot
ORIGIN: Casa Favilli, Granada, Nicaragua
INTENSITY: Medium/Medium-full

Hardwoods | Spices | Molasses

Sweet in a dark, menacing manner. Like when Darth Vader had Luke remove his mask. Sweet and dark and also crisply-clean (I'm no longer attempting Star Wars analogies btw). Hardwoods, scorchy-toasted then roasted. Black pepper, smoked paprika, cumin. Then chili peppers and dried molasses. The aforementioned sweetness also includes distinct maple syrup and raw sugar. Superb balance of sweet & spice, clearly delineated. A pull or two of espresso rounds out the corners and leaves a crema atop the sneaky-savory profile.

At the opposite end are dark earthen notes of substantial nuances. Compost, manure, barnyard... with a hidey leather tucking them in. Middlings are drippings and climbings along w/ a tropical floral gambit. Lots of dark grains swirl there as well. Buckwheat & barley toasted stuffs. Anise drops in hard and sweetly, come the mid-point. Much goings-on as far as the complexities of intermingling altho bordered notes. A nifty transition or two (always toward sweet catching spice in balance). Finishes in a long evolving extension of all this + chicory.

Moderate smoke out-put smells like a fire in a patisserie that also roasts coffee--stomped out by people wearing new workboots. The burn-lie does require a slight and readily-accepted retouch each third. Ash is dark fugly clumps off a thick-ish mascara line. Draws well, but the head does soften-some; as does the rest of the cigar. Perhaps a tick under-stuffed. Seams stay tight tho, and the top-leaf is blemish-free. All told, this thing smokes sardonically in a way. Full of dark humor and considerable character.


A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

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