Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy Toro

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Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy Toro

When I was writing up last week’s Week In Smoke, I was a little surprised to discover we have never reviewed the Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy. I know it’s a cigar that I’ve talked about with people a number of times over the years, and people have had generally positive things to say about it. On more than one occasion I’ve been told it was one of the best, or the best Gurkha available. (That and the old G3, I believe.)

The reason for the omission could be that the Shaggy was discontinued until April of this year. At the beginning of April it was reintroduced as a limited edition cigar with a different blend- one dating back to 2001, which features Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. So even if we had reviewed it, the cigar I’m lighting up here is a very different smoke. That was immediately apparent. So how is it? Is the new old version a step in the right direction? Or was the old old version the best? (Or is that the “old new” version?) Click the play button below to get my take on it.

Cigar Stats:
Size: 6 x 50
Wrapper: 6 Year Old Dominican Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Source: Sample or Gift
Price: MSRP $8.50

Make sure you watch all the way to the end, there just might be something in it for you.

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13 thoughts on “Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy Toro

  1. Ive never been a huge fan of Gurkha, but I was gifted a Cask Blend by a friend and enjoyed it quite a bit.. I’ll have to give the new shaggy a try.

  2. Good video. I’ve never been much of a fan, but if I had to pick one I was say maybe the beast.

    I’ve been reading some reviews on the Skinny Monsters. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them as well. Thanks for all the work!



    1. Thanks Brandon. I remember the Beast. I like that back in the day- I’m not sure how much that was influenced by scoring at $20 smoke for $5 on a certain auction website which will remain unnamed.

  3. Gurkha Cellar Reserva! I really enjoyed that one. I think you should review the Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve

    Just saying!

    1. Funny you mention that, I’ve actually had one. Probably 4-ish years ago. And just for you, here’s what I thought: It was pretty good. (It goes without saying it’s not $750 good.) The cognac flavor was present, but not over the top. I don’t recall a lot of the cigar’s characteristics, other than it delivered the booze flavor nicely.

  4. Haven’t had one, BUT I’ve heard the Gurkha Ghoat is a solid smoke.
    Enjoyed the review as always.

    1. It has a mind of it’s own. Oh and by the way, you won the swag! Keep an eye out for an email from me so we can get your winnings to you in a timely manner.

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