Launched for the 2005 IPCPR, Gurkha’s Ancient Warrior is still one of their most popular cigars on the market. This medium strength stick is cloaked in a super dark, oily Brazilian wrapper. The wrapper leaf is flecked with numerous raised veins and a bit of tooth. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and nicely rolled with no soft spots. The tapered cap cuts cleanly with my Colibri Slice cutter, leaving behind no shards of filler tobacco.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Robusto Size : 5 x 50 Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Filler : Cameroon Binder : Dominican Hand-Made Price : ~$5.00 each
Appearance : The Gurkha Legend Robusto looks good enough. A nice band, a matte wrapper with minimal veining and slightly visible seams. The cigar is comprised of Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper of medium brown color with a pale reddish tint. It is a blend of various aged Dominican filler leaves bound with Cameroon leaf. A very bold band covers this cigar.
This is another one of the cigars that Gary Hyams, president of Gurkha Cigars, sent me in my Christmas package. Much like the Royal Challenge I just reviewed recently, the box presentations are ridiculously nice. The Seduction has a gilded felt box that makes this relatively inexpensive stick look like a cigar made for royalty. The Royal Challenge had a favorable review, so can this new Gurkha seduce me?
Please welcome Gavin, the newest reviewer in our team:
Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by the cigar industry. The variation of techniques and origins that come together to create even one quality cigar create a paradise for smokers like me, that are always on the hunt for new and exciting cigars. I have been smoking cigars for over three years with blogging and collecting becoming my focus for the past 2 years. A great cigar to me is spicy, and full-bodied with balance and subtle flavor still present. Unlike those that pair beverages with cigars, a perfect combination to me is great company and a great cigar. Happy smoking.
The Gurkha Cellar Reserve line was released as a B&M exclusive last year at the ICPCR show in July. Since then the line has been hard to come by unless you had a shop in your area that carried a decent supply of Gurkha products. Along with the Wicked Indie and Royal Challenge, the Cellar Reserve line was created to reintroduce Gurkha cigars to the public at a reasonable price.
Gary Hyams, president of Gurkha Cigar Group, sent me a nice Christmas package of some cigars to review for our website. The two cigars that he sent for review was the new Royal Challenge and the Seduction (review coming soon). After a good nap in the humi and letting them reach their optimum reviewing condition, I decided to finally spark these bad boys up. I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest Gurkha fan in existence,… or to even say, I am not a fan at all. I have smoked only a few of the other lines and have been, at most, underwhelmed with their delivery of quality product for the money. One thing is for sure though, no one outdoes them in marketing and box presentation. So at least they got that going for them. So with a break out of two new products, can they turn this Gurkha critic into a believer with their new product line? We shall see,…
In 1989 Kaizad Hansotia purchased a small cigar company called Gurkha, named after Nepalese warriors whose bravery impressed the British soldiers, for a paltry sum of $143. He intended the cigars to be unique gifts given to customers of his family’s watch business. Twenty-three years later, this growing boutique brand produces over two dozen distinct blends and recently released a new line called the Cellar Reserve.
The name and packaging of the Cellar Reserve Churchill elicits vivid imagery of rolling green hillsides marked with crisp rows of grape vines bursting through the earth and perhaps even gracefully shimmering in a gentle summer breeze. Despite outward appearances the contents of this box did not originate from the gravelly soil of a renowned French chateau. In fact, it is an obscure pairing of tobacco from disparate farms isolated geographically by miles of ocean that gave birth to the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Prisoner Churchill. The oily Criollo wrapper is mottled with a few medium sized veins but rolled nicely with tight seams. A grandiose band holds an overwhelming amount of unnecessary text but is easy to remove.
When I first started smoking fine cigars, this was one of the first cigars that I ever had. The beginning of my college career is right about the time this world opened up to me. There was a little cigar shop a couple miles from campus that I would go to occasionally. As I would walk around that shop, they carried the Robusto size of the Gurkha Black Dragon. One day I picked it up, and fell in love with fine cigars. So, in fact, this is the one cigar that opened up the cigar world for me. Now, five years later, I revisit this stick to see if it still has the same feel to it.
The only intel found on this cigar was in regards to its name. “Factum” is Latin for Accomplishment.
I came across this cigar from a cigar friend on Twitter, advertising a fantastic deal on CheapHumidors.com. $40 for a five-pack of the cigars, a cedar travel case (with the name of the cigar on the front of it), a Vertigo butane lighter and cigar cutter. Even though I am not a die-hard fanatic of the Gurkha brand, I do enjoy them, and especially enjoy a favorable deal.