Bombay Tobak Gaaja

Bombay Tobak Gaaja


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Ecuadorian HVA Seco Mejorada

Filler: Peruvian Habano, Ecuadorian Criollo, Paraguay, Dominican

Size: 6×54 Toro

Price: $15.50

Acquired: Samples courtesy of MBombay

Samples Smoked: 3

Smoking Conditions: Outdoors approx. 80 degrees.

The latest release to come out of Bombay Tobak is the new Gaaja. A blend four years in the making, the Gaaja consists of a mix of Ecuadorian, Peruvian, and Dominican tobaccos. Bombay Tobak is one of those companies that continue to shock and amaze me with their new offerings. I have yet to find a product from them that has not been to my liking. That being said, I was very interested to try the new Gaaja.

The new Gaaja is a 6×54 box pressed cigar that will be available in 24 count cedar boxes with a retail price of $15.50 + tax per stick.

Looks: The New Gaaja from Bombay Tobak is an excellently executed box pressed cigar with an exquisite almost suede like finish on the wrapper leaf. The cap is perfectly applied, and the box press creates a firm look and feel to the cigar. The overall look of the cigar itself is very attractive and inviting. The band is a blend of blue, green, gold, and red colors patterned together. The sides of the band read, “Bombay Tobak” and “Gaaja.”

Gaaja band

Gaaja band side

Pre-Light: Sweet aroma with notes of cocoa, cedar, and hay.

Taste: I have smoked three of these cigars so far, the first upon initial arrival, the second a few weeks later, and finally the third about a month and a half from the initial arrival. I can say that I enjoyed it when it first arrived and I am enjoying it even more today. The little bit of age that the cigar has received in my humidor has done wonders for an already great tasting stick.   Upon first lighting, my palate is greeted with sweet notes of cocoa and molasses along with warm cedar flavors. At about half of an inch in I start to notice a raisin like flavor note and some mild citrus flavors. As the first quarter begins to take shape, there is a very mild pepper note that I am picking up on the tip of my tongue. The most prominent flavors at the half are that of wood and cedar followed closely by a molasses sweetness. The ever-mild citrus and pepper notes remain present as well. Finishing out the Gaaja, the flavor profile has remained overall consistent and balanced with notes of wood, molasses, citrus, and pepper. The molasses taste throughout this cigar is not that of added flavor but rather a natural occurring sweetness that is present in the tobacco itself. This flavor helps to give this cigar an overall creaminess that has been present throughout the smoke.

Strength: Medium.

Burn: Smooth and even. Ash held nicely and only fell when tapped. Smoke was full and white.

Buy it? Yes. Though the price point of this cigar sits in the higher range, this cigar is well worth the money. The exotic blend of tobaccos added to the time involved to make this cigar definitely show the value. The flavor profile is simply amazing and on par with cigars double this price. The Gaaja is another hit out of the park from Bombay Tobak.

Gaaja vertical


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