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Press Release: Mbombay from Bombay Tobak

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We usually don’t post many press releases on the site. Reason being is everyone else does and I’m sure you guys don’t like to read the same article over and over. But in the case of Mbombay we couldn’t think of a better way to introduce our newest site sponsor and thank them for the support.

Press Release

A truly boutique cigar, MBombay, just hit the shelves of retailers in Southern California within last couple of weeks. MBombay Cigars are made in a very small factory in San Jose, Costa Rica.

In a recent interview with Mel Shah, owner of MBombay Cigars, expressed “Cigars are embedded in my memories since childhood. I can still smell the lingering mild smell of Cubans that my grandfather and my father smoked when I was a kid. After graduating college in India, my father offered me my first cigar in ’96, which he got from Dubai. I retired from IT industry in 2001, and opened a cigar shop that year in July. I enjoy retail even today, but I believe manufacturing aspect of cigars was supposed to happen. Touching, feeling and smelling of tobacco in the factory takes me right back to my grandpa’s room. I do miss him and classical music that he used to listen while smoking a fine cigar.”

The owner, Mel Shah, is a Palm Springs based tobacconist and a wine retailer for last 15 years, commented on the line “… our philosophy is simple, acquire the best quality of tobaccos and focus on quality than quantity. The wrapper tobacco used for our classic line is Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade from 2001, binders and fillers are well aged from 2006 and 2007. After the cigars are rolled by only four to five rollers in the factory, the cigars are kept in the “caparate” for more than 6 to 7 months before we start to import to the United States.” With production of merely 1000 boxes a month (boxes of 20), Shah does not plan to distribute the line to more than 200 to 250 stores nationwide.

The Classic Line

Mbombay Cigars Classic

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut 2001
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Peru
The Classic line is available in five sizes: Corona (5″ x 43), Robusto (4.5″ x 48), Belisoco (5″ x 52), Perfecto (a figurado 6 x 50) and Churchill (7″ x 48). The retail price ranges from $8.50 to $11.50.

A truly boutique cigar, MBombay, just hit the shelves of retailers in Southern California within last couple of weeks. MBombay Cigars are made in a very small factory in San Jose, Costa Rica.

In a recent interview with Mel Shah, owner of MBombay Cigars, expressed “Cigars are embedded in my memories since childhood. I can still smell the lingering mild smell of Cubans that my grandfather and my father smoked when I was a kid. After graduating college in India, my father offered me my first cigar in ’96, which he

The Maduro Line

Mbombay Cigars Maduro

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina 2007
Binder: Peru
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, and Dominican Republic
The Maduro line is available in four sizes: Robusto (4.5″ x 48), Perfecto (a figurado 6 x 50), Churchill (7″ x 48) and a Double Corona (7″ x 52). The retail price ranges from $10.00 to $13.50.

Upon being asked on why he chose Costa Rica to roll his cigars to other predominant countries in Central America, Shah said “…. I was given more freedom in using the tobaccos that we purchased three
years ago. The factory has an outstanding record in making cigars like Atabe, Byran and few other highly rated and popular names in European market.” For the time being, Mel does the marketing of cigars himself and with couple of his friends in the cigar industry, and visits the retail stores he feels that can house and support his cigars. “It is not easy to sell cigars in the market, nowadays. Retailers want to understand and I want to make sure that my cigars don’t end up as a dead stock on our retailer’s shelves. I’ve gone through some horrifying experiences with a few brands in our store too, and I do not want any of our retailers’ to go through that with MBombay” Shah added.

MBombay cigars are distributed solely by Bombay Tobak. Contact them through their website http://www.bombaytobak.com for more information.

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

4 Comments

  1. jjo

    June 1, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I’m intrigued. Mata Fina maduro wrapper and Peruvian binder? Wow. I love that tangy/sweet dried fruit component that the Peruvian tobacco brings. OK, so maybe not quite so intrigued by the price, but I guess that’s the way things go there days. I would still like to try these. I wonder if they are expanding their retail network to the Northwest?

    • Tony Casas

      June 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

      The blend sounds FANTASTIC. The cigars look even better. I know I’ll be trying to chase a few down for sure. I wonder if they will do mail order?

    • Ron Arellano

      June 5, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Hi there, I am the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for MBombay Cigars. If you check out our webpage, we have a list of Fine Retailers in Southern California that would likely ship out to you. Please contact them for assistance in obtaining cigars. We are currently expanding and will be in your Region in the near future. THANK YOU for your comments!

      • Tony Casas

        June 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

        Beautiful! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a ton. Can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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