Team Cigar Review: Mombacho Cosecha 2014

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Cigar Details: Mombacho Cosecha 2014

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Casa Favilli
  • Blender: Claudio Sgroi
  • Price: $21.95
  • Release Date: June 2019
  • Source: Mombacho

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The Mombacho Cosecha 2014 has a wrapper that is medium brown and has a few raised veins present. The seams are smooth but easily visible due to some color variation of the wrapper. The head has a double cap that is finished off with a thick wick. The bands are the same as last years iteration, being orange and gold and the foot band denoting the 2014 vintage. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of bakers chocolate and earth while the foot brings wood and some tobacco sweetness. The pre-light draw is similar to the foot aroma with wood and tobacco sweetness along with a medium spiciness on my lips and tongue.

Pre-light Experience

The Mombacho Cosecha 2014 has a smooth chocolate color wrapper and features a pigtail cap. As with the 2012 and 2013 releases, the cigar has a main band and a footband which indicates the vintage year. The band is the same color scheme as previous years with gold lettering on a burnt orange background. Nosing the wrapper, I’m able to pick up aromas of clover, honey, light cedar and faint hay. In the foot, there is faint raisin along with sweet tobacco.

Pre-light Experience

The Mombacho Cosecha 2014 has a bronze tint to the wrapper, especially prevalent in direct sunlight. Major veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll on the firmer end of the spectrum and the flare style head has a nicely wrapped cap. Aromas from the wrapper give a mixture of barnyard stank and rich nuttiness. Aromas from the foot tell cedar and nuts. Cold draw gives cedar and nuts as well.

First Third

The cigar begins with a slightly musty oak and a light cinnamon. At a half inch in, the cinnamon has become quite faint while the musty oak remains the primary player in the profile. The retrohale carries the same musty oak. At an inch and a quarter, the cinnamon has morphed into a general baking spice and picked up in fullness to support the musty oak. The strength in this third was slightly below medium.

First Third

The flavor profile begins with graham cracker, baking spices and trailing white pepper that gets me on the tip of my tongue. The graham cracker is up to medium strength on the retrohale, finishing with cedar. Minutes later, mild chocolate joins the retrohale in the middle of the flavor profile. Slightly dry cedar begins to define the post draw. The chocolate and graham cracker begin to harmonize. At the 40 minute mark I get the trademark Mombacho sour citrus flavor which I’ve come to expect from all of their offerings. The chocolate begins to carry into the post draw mixing in with the cedar.

First Third

The initial half inch or so is nothing short of fantastic. Flavors of rich nuttiness, baking spices, minerals, cedar and red pepper spice. But past that point, a wood bitterness forms, especially on the finish. Retrohaling gives deeper baking spices and introduces tart cherries. Strength is medium-full and body is medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, a toasted note joins the musty oak while the baking spice remains in a supporting role. At a half inch in, the toasted note is replaced by a slight char. The baking spice has also become very faint. The retrohale is musty oak with a slight char. As the third comes to a close, the char has increased a bit as the mustiness has mellowed. The strength in this third bumped up to medium.

Second Third

Cedar takes over the front of the flavor profile leading into the middle third. The sour citrus remains in the middle of the profile at medium minus strength. Some post draw light plus earth begins to develop as the cigar settles in. The retrohale still consists of graham cracker and mild spices. Halfway through the second third, the sour citrus fades, replaced with sweet cedar.

Second Third

The second third improves upon the first third namely due to less wood bitterness influence. In terms of other notes, it’s still rich nuttiness and earthiness in baking spices and minerals. There is an elevated level of natural sweetness as well. Strength and body is unchanged at medium plus and medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, the charred wood and light mustiness continues on. At a quarter inch in, the cigar begins to warm up slightly which brings a mintiness to the profile. The retrohale is musty oak with a little bit of mintiness. As the cigar comes to a close, the mintiness has increased to become even with the charred and musty oak. The strength increased to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The citrus along with a mild sour component moves to the front of the retrohale profile. Each puff finishes with cedar.

Final Third

The last third still has the wood bitterness lingering but not as intense as the first third. Further, some natural sweetness is lost, making the profile more geared towards earthiness in red pepper spice, baking spices and minerals. Strength and body finishes medium-full and medium, respectively.

Burn

The burn was pretty wavy and required two touch-ups. It also went out once requiring a re-light.

Burn

The burn became slightly uneven by the midway point of the first third. At the end of the first third, the cigar went out, requiring a re-light. The burn was uneven through the second third, eventually requiring a touch-up. No issues through the final third.

Burn

The main issue with the burn was the wrapper’s refusal to burn, causing a handful of touch-ups. Other than that, burn was cool, very sturdy ash marks and ample smoke production.

Draw

The draw was fairly tight until the final third when it eased up a bit.

Overall

The cigar had a good start with musty oak and cinnamon but settled in with musty and charred wood until the final third when things warmed up and brought some mintiness. The construction was also a bit of a struggle. The Mombacho Cosecha 2014 isn’t the best Cosecha I’ve smoked and might be my least favorite. The cigar has a high price point and I would expect a better flavor delivery. I probably won’t return to this one, but I’m still interested in future releases.

Draw

The draw has some mild resistance to it, somewhere between 1-1/2 to 2 notches.

Overall

The Mombacho Cosecha 2014 is balanced, nuanced and firmly medium strength. The cigar doesn’t feature a lot of transition between the thirds, but rather consistent flavors that carry through the whole smoking experience. The cigar has a wonderfully slow burn, resulting in a great smoking time of 2 hours and 41 minutes.

Draw

The draw however was absolutely perfect.

Overall

Another year, another Cosecha offering from Mombacho. This is a release I always look forward to every year especially after being so impressed by the 2012 vintage. For this year’s Mombacho Cosecha 2014, it was a good showing, albeit not fantastic. The main issue I have with this year’s release is the underlying wood bitterness constantly lingering on my palate. Without that, the other flavors are great (rich nuttiness, cedar, baking spices, red pepper spice, minerals). Still worth smoking to especially gauge each year’s offerings. But I am still in search for the initial 2012 vintage’s finesse.

Aaron
John
Jiunn
Very GoodPre
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Very GoodPre
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Good
GoodFirst
Third
GoodFirst
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Good
AverageSecond
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GoodSecond
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SubparFinal
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AverageBurnVery GoodBurnGood
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AverageOverallGoodOverallGood

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.15

Cost/Point

$4.26

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.92

Cost/Point

$3.17

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.97

Cost/Point

$3.15

Scoring System

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