Wrapper: Cubra, Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian, Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Dominican
Size: Robusto 5.0 x 52
To commemorate Gurkha’s 125th Anniversary, they released this cigar in the summer of 2012. It took me a while but I found this beauty in a Total Wine & More, which by the way has a very nice cigar selection, although prices are a bit higher. I couldn’t wait to get back to light this cigar. If you ever need a cigar to put on the wall and look at, this cigar may be it. The band on this cigar is bar none the flashiest son of a bitch I have ever seen. No expense spared on this band in true Gurkha fashion. The smell of this cigar is sweet with a classic tobacco profile and has the look of a smooth and soft leather sofa.
– After my cut with my Xikar Xi2
I light the cigar and am greeted with a loose draw and billowing smoke. I immediately get a taste of oak and then shifts to a sweetness almost like vanilla, very smooth. The earthy undertones are what stick with me through the first few puffs of this cigar. By the way I have paired tonight’s cigar with a Stella Artois, very tasty indeed.
First third– I am still getting an oak type flavor underneath the sweetness. There is now a creaminess to the cigar which is welcomed as it calms me and is making this a really enjoyable smoke. So far it is holding up to what I expect out of a Gurkha.
Second third– The cigar is smoking beautifully, ash is almost a perfect replica of its former self. Flavors remain in tact through the second half with a hint of nuttiness now, very subtle.
Final third– The draw is almost gone at this point. The cigar seems to have tightened up almost to a stop, I have to now puff more frequently. The sweetness has subsided and a rich tobacco and nut flavor remains. A big flavor switch from the second third of this cigar. Didn’t get all the way to the nub as it died out and I was finished.
Overall I am very pleased with the Gurkha 125th Anniversary. Its not their best cigar in the portfolio but it certainly is a cigar that is worth your time and money. Price to smoke ratio is spot on with this stick as it a sweet and smooth smoke that is truly enjoyable. I suggest taking a look at this if you can find it in your local cigar shops, as they seem to be nowhere online.
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