On Monday I was smoking an Illusione 888 and conversing on Twitter when a link came through from @LadyOfTheStick. The link was pointing to her weekly uStream cigar show entitled “Simply Smoke and Ashes“. Christine’s show generally goes live after I have walked away from the computer for the evening but with time to kill, I started watching some of her recorded shows.
I got into a grove with the shows and decided to hang out a bit longer and watch the live show later that evening. The featured cigar was the Gurkha Evil. The cigar sounded interesting and reminded me that I had one buried in my humidor. The cigar was a sample passed along to me from Kurt at Kensington Tobacconist.
After removing my Gurkha Evil from the cellophane, the first thing I noticed was the matte band. The great thing about this band was that photographing it was easy (no glossy glare) but at the same time it resembled a recycled paper grocery bag. The coloring of the stick was consistent from head to foot and medium sized veins were present.
When handled, the cigar had a bit of a lumpy texture. The weight felt good in the hand and seemed as though it was packed with plenty of tobacco. Both the wrapper and foot produced an earthy aroma. When clipped, this earthy quality came through on the cold draw. The draw was too stiff for my liking and required a second clipping of the torpedo shaped head.
Once lit, my Gurkha Evil produced a solid supply of smoke which was dense and easy to pass through the sinus. The finish was a bit on the dry side and was a minor irritant to the back of my throat. The minor irritation remained throughout the first and second thirds, finally clearing up in the final third. When the irritant cleared up, the smoke became creamy and enjoyable. The body was medium and remained that way until it was time to set the cigar down to rest.
The flavor profile was straightforward throughout most of the cigar. The flavor that jumped out at me reminded me of Earl Gray Tea. This was the dominant flavor until late in the cigar when it switched over to an earthy flavor. As the cigar progressed I felt as though the flavors were a bit muddy and lacked a crispness that I enjoy. Beyond the band I began to notice a dirty flavor that was rather off putting.
Overall I think that the Gurkha Evil was a decent smoke but not something that I would search out and purchase. Because I went into this review blind, not knowing anything about the make up or pricing, I am unsure if this stick it readily available at this point (Gurkha does a lot of small batch stuff). If you happen to come across one in your travels, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.