Brand: Gurkha Country: Honduras/Nicaragua/Dominican Republic
Size: 6.5 x 54 Wrapper: Sumatra
The Label Factor:
I like swords. This label has swords. Awesome. It doesn’t take much to please me. Well, that is partially a joke. But also, this labels has a Dothraki-looking guy holding an arakh-looking sword, and that really speaks to me on the nerdiest of levels. Forgive the Game of Thrones reference, but in this case, I firmly believe it is appropriate. The label is slick looking, not in an understatedly simple kind of way, but in a sword kind of way.
What We Liked:
This cigar has a lot of flavor. That is a mostly good thing in this case. In a nutshell, it’s nutty. Upon lighting, you should expect a bit of spice, a leathery bite and a nutty finish. Those are the predominant flavors until about halfway through, whereupon the spice fades a bit and the flavors open up into the sweeter spectrum. I can’t pinpoint the sweet notes, not exactly creamy or chocolately, just generically a bit sweet.
What We Didn’t Like:
There is a lot of flavor to this smoke, which on the surface, is a good thing. I can imagine that these flavors won’t appeal to all palates. There is a pretty distinct twang that lingers with this cigar. If you like these strong flavors that slap you in the mouth, then you might like this Gurkha. I’m not really a fan of the edgy flavor here, but I am sure that some would like it.
It is probably worth mentioning that this cigar had to be re-lit about four times. Granted, I was smoking slowly, and writing as I smoked, but it was definitely an annoyance. Truthfully, I can’t necessarily blame the cigar here. It could certainly be my own fault or have something to do with the humidity outside as I smoked.
Should You Try it/Buy it:
Yes, give it a shot. This isn’t an expensive cigar and you may very well like all of the strong flavor. I picked up this stick as part of a $1.00, three-cigar sampler and it was definitely worth the price. At the same time, for an MSRP of around five bucks, I would say there are other, better cigars out there (like the Macanudo Cru Royale or even the Man O’War Ruination). Give it a shot and let us know what you think.