This weeks guest review features the Gurkha Black and comes courtesy of Adam.
Here is my first review and it is of the Gurkha Black Puro Torpedo. I picked up a 5 pack on cigarbid.com for $13 plus 3.95 for shipping (for those of you that are product of the US public school system, myself included, that makes $16.95).
Torpedo size (6 ½ x 53
Wrapper: 5 year old Maduro (I believe from the Dominican)
It has a nice dark oily 5 year aged Maduro wrapper that makes me want to get a steak knife out and start eating it. It is packed pretty well and is firm to the touch with a slight bounce. The band is black and chrome with a sunrise in the background of the famous Gurkha dude; it is actually a very nice looking band. The aroma is incredible and is getting me anxious to smoke this bad boy. A quick snip with the Xikar and the pre-light draw was fine with a bit of resistance, but that is just the way I like it. I toasted the foot and we are up and running ladies and gentleman.
From the beginning you are welcomed by a rich coffee bean flavor with the slightest bit of coca. The cigar is producing a decent amount of smoke although I would like to see a little more. After the initial burst of flavor they seem to mellow out a bit. I am also getting a nice pepper taste that is very pleasant along with some nice earthy tones. The second third of the cigar starts out much the same although half way through the second third the earth tones pick up a little more steam. The final third of the cigar is quite earthy and I get the slightest taste of leather. The pepper intensifies throughout the final third of the cigar but is never over bearing to me and never goes to the back of my throat. I know some people have issue with pepper in their cigars and if you are one of those you may not care for this attribute.
The burn on this cigar was really good although I did have one before this that needed some touch up work with my torch. The ash was a nice gray and was super strong. At one point I had about 2 inches hanging.
Overall I really liked this cigar and would recommend this to just about anybody. The price point, which I got at just over $3 a stick, is fantastic for what you get. These cigars, although supposedly limited in release, are quite easy to track down. My local shop does not carry them but if you would like to try them I would suggest checking out cigarbid.com. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do and can’t wait to see what you think!