The last 12 months have seen a lot of momentum and growth for Mel Shah’s Bombay Tobak brands. At this year’s IPCPR, Shah showcased his new Gaaja brand as well as a new addition to the Vintage Reserve line.


Prior to IPCPR, Shah launched a new brand called Gaaja. The cigar is Bombay Tobak’s first box-pressed cigar. However, the more interesting thing about this cigar is that it incorporates tobacco from Paraguay in the filler – something that really hasn’t been done in many premium handmade cigars. The cigar also uses an Ecuadorian Desflorado wrapper – something Shah has worked with on his MBombay lines.

Originally Gaaja was launched in a box-pressed 6 x 54 box-pressed Toro. However at this year’s trade show, there were a couple of new additions in the form of a box-pressed Torpedo. One of them was in the same blend as the Toro. The other was a new blend that replaces the Desflorado wrapper with a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper.



MBombay Vintage Reserve Lancero 1973

The Vintage Reserve line of MBombay is highlighted by the use of aged vintage tobaccos earlier this year. The line made its debut last year with the MBombay KeSara Vintage Reserve Nikka. At this year’s trade show, an all new blend called the MBombay Vintage Reserve Lancero 1973 made its debut. This cigar features some very old filler tobacco that Shah says dates back prior to 1973. The lancero comes in Bombay’s signature 8 1/2 x 38 size.


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