Team Cigar Review: Bombay Tobak MQBA Diadem

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Cigar Details: Bombay Tobak MQBA Diadem

  • Vitola: Diadema
  • Length: 7″
  • Ring Gauge: 56
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica
  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Ecuador
  • Factory: Tabacos de Costa Rica
  • Blender: Mel Shah
  • Price: $16.60
  • Release Date: October 2018
  • Source: Bombay Tobak

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

This Diadema has a nice medium tan color to it that shows off the veins even though they are well pressed. The seams are slightly raised and easily visible. The head and foot both have well applied caps. There are two bands and are both white with copper artwork, lettering and borders. The primary has an image of a peacock while the secondary strip band denotes “Vintage Reserve”. The aroma from the wrapper is a distinct hay with a bit of funky barnyard. The foot brings a general wood note along with some hay. The pre-light draw brings a light and soft wood with a mild spiciness on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

The Bombay Tobak MQBA Diadem is gorgeous in appearance and has a classy touch to it. The wrapper is silky smooth and the veins present are small to medium in size. It has a nice Natural coloring to it, simplistic but appealing. There is an aroma of soft spices, hay, tobacco sweetness and nuts, and I am not getting much from the small foot.

Pre-light Experience

The Bombay Tobak MQBA Diadem is a gorgeous diademas shaped cigar. The wrapper is of a light caramel Colorado claro shade. The bunch and roll is even, seams are tight but visible and veins are tightly pressed. Aromas from the wrapper give cherry fruit hard candy (like Jolly Ranchers) and aged cedar. Aromas from the foot give namely an assertive cedar. Cold draw tells cedar and hay.

First Third

The cigar begins with toasted wood, hay, cream and a mild, dull black pepper. At three quarters of an inch in, the cream and black pepper have faded away, leaving the toasted wood and hay. At an inch and a half, the flavor profile has remained the same aside from the return of some black pepper and this extends to the retrohale. At two inches in, a slight char joins the toasted wood. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted and charred wood, some cream has rejoined to go along with the hay and mild black pepper. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The first third starts out lovely and I am getting some nutty sweetness that is paired with some buttery popcorn qualities. I am picking up hints of leather and with that is some sweet tobacco. I would classify the cigar as being medium in body with strength right at a mild-medium level.

First Third

The first third’s main flavors through mouth draws are sharp cedar and medium bodied cream. Retrohaling gives more character and adds a nice baking spice and intermittent creamed bright cherry. The finish has an underlying sharp cedar throughout the entire palate. Strength and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the char drops out from the toasted wood while the hay, light cream and black pepper remain. At an inch and a half, there have been no changes. The retrohale also shows the toasted wood, hay, light cream and pepper. No changes as the third wraps up. The strength remains at slightly below medium.

Second Third

I am in the second third of the cigar now and picking up some transitioning. There are sweet spice flavors present and with that is some tobacco, cedar, coffee and cream. The coffee and cream notes are really enjoyable because you pick up the noticeable coffee flavors followed by a mild creaminess. The strength has picked up some to a medium now and it is pairing well with the body which is still at a medium.

Second Third

The second third isn’t any different than the first third. Still sharp cedar and medium bodied cream with retrohaling being the most favored part, providing baking spice and on and off creamed bright cherry. Strength and body continues to be medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the char returns to the profile. At a half inch in, the char has taken over the toasted note to go along with the wood. There is some mustiness behind it as the hay has left the profile as well. At an inch and a half, the retrohale is fairly smooth with musty wood. The cigar finishes up with the same charred wood and mustiness. The strength in this third remained at slightly below medium.

Final Third

The final third is fairly similar to that of the second and is showing some cedar, sweet spices and tobacco flavors. It has a soft sweet tobacco vibe to it and with that are enjoyable nutty qualities. The strength and body remain at a medium level to the end and it smokes cool down to the tapered nub.

Final Third

The last third finally shows some good qualities to the cigar. The profile picks up roasted nuts, minerals and tannins to accompany the sharp cedar and medium bodied cream. Strength and body finishes medium.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy but never needed any attention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn on the Diadem was fantastic from start to finish. Truly a well made cigar.

Burn

Aside from flaky ashes, the burn performed very well. Fairly tight ashes, relatively even burn, not a single touch-up, cool burn.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar started with toasted wood, hay, cream and black pepper. As it progressed, the black pepper went in and out. Later some char joined in and then took over the toasted note as the profile was just the wood and some mustiness. Construction was pretty good and didn’t require any attention. The first third flavor was good, but didn’t really transition much as it progressed. With a cigar of this size, you really need to have a profile that you really like to stay engaged and I felt my attention waning as it went along. The cigar carries a hefty price tag and for the smoking time, there is some value there, but in regards to flavor, the most important thing, I wasn’t wowed. I’m interested in trying this in a shorter and thinner vitola to see if it can show off a better profile, but for this vitola, it likely isn’t something I’d return to.

Draw

I liked the draw on this cigar. It had just enough resistance to make the flavors pop and smoke cool from start to finish.

Overall

I really enjoyed this cigar and found it to be a solid Diadema as well. The flavors were really enjoyable from start to finish and there was enough transitioning and complexity to make the cigar deliver what needs to be delivered with a cigar like this. Diademas are special vitolas, so you better have a good blend when all is said and done. The Bombay Tobak MQBA Diadem may not be the type of cigar that a more seasoned smoker looks for, or one who wants more body and strength, but I found it really enjoyable. I can only describe it as a special occasion cigar that is aimed for a younger or inexperienced smoker. A very elegant introductory cigar.

Draw

The draw was slightly snug for my liking but it was still considered very good.

Overall

The Bombay Tobak MQBA Diadem was an overall average experience. The biggest flaw was the lack of complexities. The vast majority of the cigar was sharp cedar and medium bodied cream and quite frankly that isn’t enough. In my opinion, the Diadema shape is special and requires (and often demands) complexities and transitions given its tapered format. This cigar fell short of that, which is why I ultimately concluded it as a mediocre experience.

Aaron
Seth
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.84

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.37

Cost/Point

$2.25

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.84

Scoring System

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