Size Name: Toro
Ring Gauge: 52
I’ve been on a bit of a Maduro kick as of late, so sticking with the trend I decided to go with a Gurkha – Double Maduro. The wrapper on this stick stands out the most. The wrapper is an excellent deep brown that has a very appealing sheen.
I was going to use my trusty plug cutter on this one until I realized that the blade on my cutter had fallen out at some point. Because I didn’t have another plug cutter on me I used a v-cutter to slice the end. As soon as I put the cigar in my mouth to reach for my lighter I noticed an excellent sweet flavor on the cap. This was not the sweet taste I would associate with a flavored cigar, but rather a dense sweetness directly related to the Maduro wrapper.
The initial light on this cigar was excellent. I didn’t have any trouble getting an even light and burn out of this one. The draw was a bit firm but not as though it required a great deal of work to get an adequate amount of smoke. The initial puff was a blast of flavor. The flavor was very rich and creamy with a defined cocoa taste.
The first inch or so of this cigar started off with a good medium to full bodied flavor. The flavor slowly picks as you reach the half way point. When you get about half way finished the cigar, the strength starts to level out. Throughout the remainder of the cigar I was getting spicy and peppery flavors in addition to the cocoa flavors that stood out for most of the cigar.
When I hit the three quarters mark of the stick, it really went down hill. I was getting a very potent chemical flavor out of the cigar. Even with numerous attempts at purging I still couldn’t manage to shake this taste. I can only assume that this taste was due to this cigar being young, and having no age to it.
My plan is to let the remainder of these cigars sit a few weeks and check one out again in the future.
Overall I think that this cigar was excellent. Even with the bad flavor at the end I really enjoyed most of this Gurkha. This cigar does pick up alot in strength as you reach the half way mark, enough so that I do not think it would be the ideal cigar for someone who prefers cigars on the mild side of the medium spectrum. If your a fan of maduros I think this cigar is a must try.