Size: 6 x 50 Toro
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sungrown
Binder and Filler: African Cameroon Binder and Nicaraguan Piloto Cubano and Ligero Filler
Strength: Medium To Full
Price: Under $8.00 per stick
Behind the Stick:
For the regular readers you know that I hold a special spot for Gurkha, not all of their cigars by any stretch of the imagination, but quite a few have really hit me as a ‘special’ type cigar and I like to maintain my view of them as such. I have had a few poor quality or simply not my type of a blend (those shall remain name less, but wont make any reviews here- haha) but once I was able to sit down with a few of these, I have found yet another Gurkha that I will keep in mind when a celebration or ‘just because’ may arise.
If you have never heard of this cigar before, Cigar Aficionado was able to review this cigar in December of 2006 (yeah, I’m a little late okay) and they toted it an 88 as well as saying “the most complex cigar to bear the Gurkha name to date.” and also reported that only 500 boxes were made in a one time production. As far as this statement, I can not confirm or deny for I bought a 5 pack from the devil (cigar bid) about 6 months ago – but I would bet they have produced more of this line since 2006.
Gurkha has done it again, another great stick with no problems. I was actually looking over this one a bit more than others, simply because I do hold them to a higher caliber than most other brands. Evenly packed from head to foot, no blemishes on the wrapper, no patches, no discolorations, cut easily without issue – another cigar from Gurkha passes the test.
Cigar Aficionado had toted this cigar as one of the most complex produced by the Gurkha line – I have to disagree but then again that was written in late 2006. The flavor began similar to what one would expect from the aroma, wood, mild spice and a hint of sweet, starting off great! Roughly about half way through the cigar I noticed that the wood had amped up, the spice dropped off and the sweet flavor built into a defined coco sensation. Complex, yes, one of the most complex from Gurkha? As of early 2010, I can name a few other Gurkha’s that are as complex if not more – but still a great flavor profile.
Given the price, quality and consistency on my entire 5 pack I have to give this smoke a thumbs up. On some of the images of boxes I was able to locate, there is actually a warning on the box that says to enjoy while sitting – and after smoking a Cain F – when the retailer gives a ‘warning’, I listen. I can not understand why they put this warning on the stick, I sat down and did not drink at all with my first one – little to zero buzz (nothing more than a normal high medium to low full stick) and after enjoying with various different pairings I still could not pull out why they had given this warning aside from the fact they are using Ligero.
I enjoyed the smokes, no faults found but when I think Gurkha I think more of a knockout rather than a love tap. They did well and I was able to enjoy all that I purchased (not all sticks live up to that) but I don’t see myself smoking these daily and for the price, I’d cough up an extra few dollars to get something more in the ‘wow’ factor.
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