Mombacho Liga Maestro Gordo. The Mombacho Liga Maestro was first released in 2013 or 2014, just for the international markets. In 2015, ten tobacconists in the United States were selected to sell the cigar as a limited edition. It was such a success, that a year later the line was released on the American market as well. That was nine years after Mombacho Cigars was born. Cameron Heaps took Spanish lessons in Granada. He met the family that owned a cigar factory. They shared their secrets, and with partner Markus Raty, Heaps founded Mombacho Cigars.
Even though this size is called Gordo, it’s shorter and thinner than what the market sees as a gordo. Usually, a Gordo means 6×60, yet the Mombacho Liga Maestro Gordo is 5×54. It’s more of a Robusto Extra size. As all Mombacho cigars, this is a Nicaraguan puro. The wrapper is Nicaraguan Sun Grown Habano.
Name: Mombacho Liga Maestro Gordo
Factory: Casa Favilli
Wrapper: Nicaragua, Shade Grown Habano
Price: € 10.80
Cutter: Xikar X2
Lighter: single flame
Smoke conditions: indoors with ventilator
Smoke time: three hours
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The cigar looks fantastic. A dark, almost Maduro wrapper. There are a few minor veins, but with the darkness of the wrapper and the rings, it gives the cigar character. The rings are beautiful as well. Matte gold on black, simple, classic, but tasteful. The cigar feels well constructed. The aroma is strong. Charred wood, barnyard, and forest smells.
The cold draw is a little on the tight side. The flavor is pure raw tobacco, nothing else. Maybe some black pepper on the lips, but that’s it. Once lit the cigar surprises. Due to the dark appearance, a strong smoke was expected. Yet the flavors are soft and smooth. Some creamy coffee, a little spice, some earthiness, but all soft. Those flavors are immediately followed by leather, cedar, and walnuts. There is also a savory sweetness, even though that sounds contradictory. The black pepper from the cold draw shows up. Cedar gets a little stronger as well. The sweetness moves more to honey. The leather creates a dry mouthfeel. The second third starts with peppery cookies, spiced shortcrust cookies with the name spekulaas. Every few puffs there is a hint of chocolate. There are a little honey sweetness and citrus acidity as well. Right before the cigar goes into the final third, a little salty peanut flavor shows up. With pepper, wood, leather. The mouthfeel is dry yet creamy. The sweetness completely disappeared. The sweetness returns later on though. The chocolate still shows up every few puffs. Then the cigar takes a turn toward different woods, with pepper and a mild nutty flavor.
The draw is fine. The burn is great, at a certain moment it looked crooked but it corrected itself. The smoke is decent in volume and thickness. The light-colored ash is firm, very firm. The medium to medium-full bodied cigar is smooth. Yet it fails to grab the attention due to a lack of character. The flavors are medium-full. The smoke time is three hours.
Strength: Medium to medium-full