Comprehensive Cigar Reviews

Gurkha cigars as we know them today we brought to life by Kaizad Hansotia in 1988.  He turned the brand into a top end brand and grew the line from there.  Today the Gurkha brand provides cigars from the worlds most expensive to a budget cigar.  You will be able to find something you like no matter what your budget. 

Review By: Matt

Review By: Matt

Gurkha Cellar Reserve 18 Yr – Perfecto 5.0 X 58




Gurkha has so many blends it can sometimes get confusing but this cigar makes it clear it is not a normal Gurkha.  The Cellar Reserve 18 year is a known strong cigar (Listed on the wrapper at 98% strength?) that is expected to be high quality at a higher price coming in around 13 dollars or more.  A mixture of Dominican & Nicaraguan tobacco gets wrapped up by a Corojo Colorado maduro wrapper.  I’m hoping to get a great experience out of this fine cigar!


Look and Feel: 

The look of the wrapper is a dark brown oily wrapper smooth to the touch with tight seams and moderate veins.  (Some fairly large)  The aroma of the wrapper provides barnyard and earthy notes and the cigar seems to be packed tight.  The cigar gives you a good pre-lit draw that is tight (Likely due to the shape) with woody and earthy notes.  So let’s get this thing lit.


Foot Third:

Off the top, you taste earthy and tobacco flavors with mixed spices on the finish (black pepper and cloves) with a fairly deep earth flavor.  The finish lasts long to the next draw.  The wrapper does give you an oily feel but not too much.  Through the nose you get the mixed sweet spices, white pepper, and floral notes.  After starting off strong with rich earth flavors the cigar moved backed a little to a medium full.  When it moved back a bit in body and strength, a vegetal sweetness comes in with leather hints.  The finish stays long with a slightly dirty earth finish with the mixed spices already noted.  The draw opened up and settled in at the perfect resistance.  Good start! 


Body Third:

The body provides nice flavors but the construction was not perfect.  Some under-fill issues caused burn issues that had to be corrected a few times.  The flavors have been great and became smoother.  The draw is a nice sweet creamy leather with hints of black pepper and vegetal notes.  On occasion the aroma of the smoke provides a smell like glazed donuts…mmmm, donuts.  The finish long and is very similar to the opening third and has the mixed spices and earth flavors present.  The body and strength have moved to full body at this point. 

 

Head Third:
The last third was a mixed bag due to construction issues.  Another under-fill issue with four corrections needed…  That said, the flavors were very good.   Vegetal, earth, clove, black pepper, and a creamy leather.  The finish became a little darker in the earth tone and still lasts long.  The retrohale offer flavors similar to the finish but lighter without any burn to it.  The strength is up there as is the body providing a stronger profile for smokers who like stronger smokes. 


Summary:

The transitions were minor but they made sense and provided very good flavors.  (earth, vegetal, sweet cream, and leather with notes of black pepper, cloves, and floral notes)  The construction issues were disappointing to say the least.  I think there was some under-fill issues creating burn issues that needed touch-ups fairly often.  The flavors were not changed by this luckily as the flavors were very good.  This is a stronger profile cigar in both body and strength so if this is your preferred profile, go for it, you will enjoy it!! 


Look & Feel:
96


Construction:
88

Flavor & Balance:

95

Value:
91

Overall Rating:

93


 

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Review By: Matt

70-80 Points - Poor to Fair          81-90 Points - Fair to Good          91-96 - Excellent          97-100 - Epic

Look & Feel
Wrapper quality, smell from the wrapper, smell from the foot, box presentation, and color of wrapper.

 

Construction
Burn quality, draw quality, heat on the draw, quality of the wrapper, and cap construction.

 

Flavor & Balance
Overall flavor of the cigar, balance of flavors, strength to body balance, and complexity.


Value
Value taking the quality vs. the market vs. the market price


Overall Rating
Taking all aspects into consideration we rate based on the quality of the cigar and the quality of the experience. 




Review By: Matt

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Gurkha Trident – Belicoso 6.2 X 54




Gurkha is a popular boutique maker that brings many blends to the table.  I used to smoke many of these with the Beast being my favorite but I am excited to try some of the new blends.  The Trident is another one of those that won’t likely stay that long but is known to offer bold flavors at a reasonable price.  A mixture of Nicaraguan and Dominican long fillers gets wrapped up by a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper.  This stick was sent in for a review so I’m excited to test this one out and provide feedback.   


Look and Feel: 

The look of the wrapper is a dark brown toothy wrapper with a little paper bag texture to it.  (looks like it has a waxy base though)  The seams are perfect and the veins are moderate.  The aroma of the wrapper provides an espresso and leathery note.  The cigar seems to be packed tight throughout and gives you a good pre-lit draw with sweet cedar.  So let’s get it started already!


Foot Third:

Off the top, I get black coffee with some earthy notes.  The finish is mild black coffee with a very light black pepper in the background.  The retrohale is a smooth white pepper with no burn to the nose.  The smoke has a medium body which matches the flavor body.  I have to say now that it is lit, I wish the draw had more resistance.  I get a slight cream and tang to the draw and the finish is getting more sweet spices…clove and a touch of cinnamon which is on the front of the tongue with is very pleasant.  The ash did not hold well so far.


Body Third:

Starting off the body third, I am starting to get black pepper on the draw to match the tangy earth with notes of black coffee.  For someone who like bitter coffee, this is a profile match for me…and at a pretty low price!  The second ash is holding better which means the fill was likely loose at the edge of the foot.  The finish is still light black pepper with clove and hints of cinnamon.  (No cocoa yet but I am hoping to get some!)  I do get hints of raisin mixed in with the pepper at times, nice touch and adds a little complexity.  (Although not a complex cigar at this point.)  The black coffee and espresso come back stronger near the last third with hints of cream.

 

Head Third:
The last third is mainly the same as the body so far which is a little disappointing as I was hoping for a transition.  (Perhaps it is yet to come…)  A slight transition comes in mid-way through the last third with cream and a slight cocoa note to it.  The finish is very light and pretty short at this point.  Not much changed beyond those hints of cream and cocoa from time to time.  The draw did get warm pretty early in this third, about half way…that did reduce my smoke time.


Summary:

I hoped for more transitions but all in all this was a pleasant cigar.  I really liked the black coffee notes throughout that at times turned to espresso.  The finish for much of this cigar was mild and at times bland.  (or a slight extension of the draw)  I did enjoy the cigar and the construction was good until the hot draw at the end.  This was a medium bodied cigar throughout and was mild in strength.  This is a good everyday cigar if you can still find it.  Don’t expect complexity or much change in texture but pleasant none the less from the start to the end. Thanks Gurkha for a nicely priced good cigar!


Look & Feel:
90


Construction:
93

Flavor & Balance:

87

Value:
90

Overall Rating:

89