Blind Cigar Review: Mombacho | Cosecha 2012

Blind Cigar Review: Mombacho | Cosecha 2012

Blind Cigar Review: Mombacho | Cosecha 2012Cigar Info

Cosecha 2012 is the laatest release from Mombacho Cigars. The project was announced in June of 2017 and released July at the IPCPR show in Vegas.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed. All of our cigars reviewed are shipped to the panelists with Boveda packs to ensure optimal smoking experience.

“This is a project of historic magnitude, not only for Mombacho Cigars, S.A. but for the whole cigar industry. Through a complex process, we will highlight the best of Nicaraguan tobacco crops every year starting with 2012. Not all tobaccos are acceptable for this line; this is a true vintage,” said Mombacho Cigars’ President and Master Blender, Claudio Sgroi.

The Spanish word “cosecha” translates to “harvest or agricultural yield” in English. The chosen name reflects the genuine nature of this line, which features Nicaraguan tobaccos solely from 2012 in this first release of this limited edition evoking the “vintage” concept in the wine world: picking high quality fruits from a specific year, and a particular harvest or crop.

The cigars in this first release have been in the aging room at Casa Favilli, Mombacho’s factory in Granada, Nicaragua since late 2013. Additionally, Cosecha 2013, 2014 and 2015 have already been rolled and feature tobacco exclusively from the corresponding year and all of them are 100% Nicaraguan puros. These future releases are currently resting in the aging room at Casa Favilli for a minimum of four years until ready for distribution.

Each Cosecha release will be a 6 x 52 toro with a pigtail cap. The total number of cigars produced will depend on the crop yield of each year. The Cosecha 2012 has an MSPR of $21.95 and will be available in boxes of 10. Only 5,000 cigars have been produced and they will ship to retailers at the end of August 2017. “This project has been five years in the making and we are proud to launch Cosecha 2012 at the IPCPR 2017. Enjoy it!” concluded Claudio Sgroi, President and Master Blender at Mombacho Cigars.

Blind Cigar Review: Mombacho | Cosecha 2012Vital Stats:

Vitola: Toro
Length: 6″
Ring Gauge: 52
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Factory: Mombacho Cigars S.A.
Blender: Claudio Sgroi
Number of reviewers: 4 John A. (John A.) Ryan H. (Ryan H.) Mickey T. (irratebass) Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
Price: $21.95
Age: 5 Months
Release Date: October 2017
Contributed by: Mombacho Cigars

Blind Cigar Review: Mombacho | Cosecha 2012Initial Impressions

Appearance: 92

“Milk chocolate brown wrapper which is firmly packed. There are some visible seams, and quite a few veins. It has a cool looking nipple cap.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

Aroma: 93

“On the body I get hay, chocolate mousse , tobacco, and a hint of spice. On the foot I get hay, chocolate, and rye or clove maybe.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

First Third

Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“A very nice vanilla like sweetness followed by black pepper and earth. A very nice profile with several layers. A little sweetness a little spice. The cigar is stacked well. Very smooth almost leaves the palette clean after a draw. Ash is so very strong.” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“Off the bat a slightly spicy fruity sweetness hits the tongue. The Cigar transitions into a pleasant leather like flavor with a bit of spice on the backend of this third, muy bueno.” –John A. (John A.)

Second Third

Flavor: 93
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“As the cigar has progressed into the second portion the flavors have remained primary cream and walnut with the occasional hint of leather but not much other change. Through the nose the smoke has become more spicy…a little more pepper burn along with a scent that reminds me of an ocean breeze…there is a hint of salt tang and a bit of a dirty note that isn’t unpleasant but doesn’t leave my sinus feeling clean. Fortunately the unclean note is an exception and doesn’t present itself very often…” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“As the second third rolls around slight spice hangs around with the sweet taste of pomegranate. A sweet red pepper comes into play that dances on the palette and retrohale. Towards the end flavors of leather and cream with a nice woodsy smoke tie in harmony. ” –John A. (John A.)

Final Third

Flavor: 89
Strength: Medium
Body/Complexity: Medium

“The final portion of this doesn’t show much change with the exception of a bit of pepper burn on my tongue. The primary flavors have remained quite one-dimensional from the onset, mainly cream and walnut. I am able to discern hints of other flavors from time to time but nothing that really stands out, or remains for more than a puff or two. That said, for a mild cigar it is pretty damn good.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

“Approaching 1hr in I hit the final third. Leathery sweetness and cream remain in the fold while a salty Smokey wood notes and finally a transition to a heavy nutty flavor sticks around the remainder of the smoke. Bravo.” –John A. (John A.)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 97

“Cigar number 710 is a great example of what I consider excellent regarding the draw of a cigar. Just the right amount of resistance with plenty of airflow. I’m particularly happy with this due to the relatively large ring gauge and size of this particular cigar…in my experience these large cigars are either wide open, or overly restrictive. Pleasantly not so in this case.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Burn: 93

“Some parts are a bit slow to burn but nothing gets to out of line. ” –John A. (John A.)

Construction: 95

“There are many fine points regarding this cigar’s construction. It was strikingly attractive, evenly rolled, and performed quite admirably. The ash held in solid chunks and only once landed on my lap….mainly my fault since I tried to go the distance instead of judiciously tapping it off like normal. Coupled with a nice draw, the construction was really spot on. ” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Overall Strength: Medium
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium
Experience Overall: 95

“This one of those sticks you can lose yourself in. Would definitely pair well with a nice coffee with a bit of cream. The flavor transitions were so smooth as you wonder through the fantastic flavor profiles this stick has to offer. Two thumbs up, must buy all of these sticks, a perfect match made in heaven for me. ” –John A. (John A.)

“This is a box worthy cigar, where i feel the profile was lacking something, it was very interesting some good transitions and very smooth enjoyable experience and scored nearly perfect in my book. Keep up the good work” –Ryan H. (Ryan H.)

“I was really enjoying the smoke when it would perform for me. I was getting lots of bread, some spice and some rye or clove flavors.” –Mickey T. (irratebass)

“THis was a good cigar from start to finish but did leave me wanting just a bit more. To explain, each section was good, but the consistently was a but underwhelming. I would have preferred a bit more variation from section to section…but maybe I’m expecting just a bit too much. I would defianatly smoke another, but I think I’d prefer to smoke this in the morning as opposed to the end of the day. Paired with a coffee, this might be the perfect start to the day.” –Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 85

John A. 95 90 93 95 97 100 90 95 97
Ryan H. 90 95 95 93 88 95 95 95 95
Mickey T. 88 90 88 88 88 70 70 70 70
Jason H. 95 97 93 93 92 95 92 95 93

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Blind Cigar Review: Mombacho | Cosecha 2012

Overall Score – 94 – Excellent

Blind Cigar Review: Mombacho | Cosecha 2012
"This one of those sticks you can lose yourself in. Would definitely pair well with a nice coffee with a bit of cream. The flavor transitions were so smooth as you wonder through the fantastic flavor profiles this stick has to offer. Two thumbs up, must buy all of these sticks, a perfect match made in heaven for me. " -John A. (John A.)
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