Mel Shah opened a store in Palm Springs, California. As a retailer, Shah built up contacts of farmers and tobacco dealers in Ecuador and Nicaragua. Shah had a vision for how he wanted to roll and ferment tobaccos. He had a challenge to find a factory to carry out his vision, and eventually this led him to Costa Rica, where he is now producing his cigars.

In this interview, we smoke a very special cigar from MBombay launched at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, the MBombay Vintage Reserve 1973 Lancero.

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