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Dona Elba Cigars Gran Momba Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, March 11, 2014
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Dona Elba Cigars Gran Momba Cigar Review

This 14×50-66 pyramid shaped cigar features a two leaf wrapper along the length with a buttery soft feel, closed foot, firm even pack, minimal veins, tight seams with color variation all along, large triple cap and potent hay aroma. First light reveals a great draw with minimal smoke output showing a mild smooth nuttiness and slightly sweet grass through the clean finish. 10 minutes in body is at a mild-medium with minimal smoke output, needing two puffs to get the smoke through the cigar to your mouth. Flavors are a sweet candy like peppermint and nuttiness both on the draw and finish. 1 hour in and 4 inches have burned, completely changing to a soft oily plain tobacco. Construction is great, burnline is almost razor sharp and the draw is still perfect. Smoke output is slowly increasing. 2 hours in just in to the 2nd third, it no longer requires double puffs to get smoke, but flavors are still very mild and boring by this point. 3 hours in at the 1/2 way point, flavors remain the same but it’s getting easier to get smoke out of although it does require multiple relights. 3:40 in, flavors finally change again, coming up to a medium body, putting out a lot more smoke and giving a slightly sweet nut again but no mint as in the start. OK 5 hours in, it has a couple inches remaining but it’s getting very soggy and warm so I’ll end it. Thank you very much to viewer Wayne for sending this monster in for review!

  • eric.hanson

    How does that thing even fit in a humidor? Great review.

    • Great question…short answer, it doesn’t! Fits in a cooler though!

  • Robert

    Wow, 5 hrs! That has to be a record, even for you. It should be called the peace pipe. Anyway, thanks for the effort Bryan.

  • Todd

    Bryan — infinite respect for even trying to review such a behemoth. This thing scares me.

  • RoyL

    The daughter thought it was funny. I was expecting it to explode at some point. Lost that bet with her. Now, she ( my young daughter )want to know, if you are going to review bubble gum cigars, now?

  • danmdevries

    FYI Dona Elba cigars are sold in the US under the brand Verdadero Organic.

    Dunno about that particular beast.

    • That is one of their lines yes – I already reviewed it. This is sold exactly as I detailed in the vid.

    • danmdevries

      Posted early in video. Watched the rest, I see you addressed this.

  • tjbear

    Haha! Still trying to figure if the smoker shows real commitment to finish this stick, or if the smoker should be commited for doing so 😉

  • Wayne

    Great review! I was happy to see you tame the great beast!

  • BillyC

    You’re a trooper for finishing that thing! My sinuses and lungs would be crying (but maybe that’s because I’m a newbie)!

  • mufdvr6976

    that was insane!! glad to see you didn’t clip it and take one for the team!! you hung in there brother! as much as I love smoking cigars im burnt out at about an hour and a half or so give or take, you took it like a champ!!

  • v12jagman

    Thanks for reviewing this one. I picked up 3 of the 18 x 110 versions on cigarbids but haven’t had the nerve to try yet. Now I will!

  • ncapoccia14

    Haha. Damn, that looks like one of those souvenir mini baseball bat you can get at an MLB game!

  • yosef5

    Thanks Bryan
    But why would anyone want to s.one this
    I remember a Royal Jamaican that I smoked that came in a ten inch box
    that was a decent cigar

  • Dude Here

    Holy crap, I was laughing my a$$ off at the opening of the video where you’re holding that beast next to your head! Great vid man, much respect for finishing that thing.

  • Lalla

    5 hours! and I thought some of the 60-80 ring gauge cigars were insane…but those usually take more like 3. (Though, to be honest, I usually give up around 2 hours.)

    A fun one to take to the bar as a conversation starter. (Which is what I use the large ring gauge ones for, mostly.)

  • phaedron

    I am in for a four-pack from CI. I see them as excellent gag gifts in the future! Not sure I’ll have one myself, though…

  • VWCC2013

    I bet I could make one look like a small Christmas tree with a little work and time, lol.


    5-hours and you smoke fast, I can only imagine 8 hours minimum for me. No thanks!

  • dettigers6

    I don’t want to smoke it but my det tigers could use another bat in there lineup.

  • Rex Stoops

    WAT a guff. Hey, Bill Clinton coulda used 1 of these. 😮

  • PAG

    This looks like one of those crazy things that cigar smokers get as gifts, but don’t buy for themselves.

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