Gurkha Assassin

Gurkha Assassin

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Nicaraguan and Peruvian
Price : ~$9 each

The Gurkha Assassin is a Nicaraguan firecracker blended by Paul Flores and premiered on the U.S. market in 2009. I had the benefit of having Paul at my local tobacconist this past week and he told me that the Assassin was blended as a full-bodied cigar with sweetness and refinement… So basically he took the ass-kicking Evil and added some Peruvian tobacco to the filler to add additional flavor and complexity… I’ve been smoking em’ all week and I can’t wait to fire up another one right now. Many thanks to Paul Flores and Butthead’s Tobacco Emporium for making this review possible!

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
The first couple inches offer a plethora of rich spicy flavors. I simultaneously tasted brown sugar with a soft note of dark chocolate and a lingering spice on the roof of the mouth. The rest of the cigar was more of the same, also introducing a blackberry brandy kind of finish, with the same lingering spice.

Burn/Ash : Rating: ★★★½☆
The burn gets a little jagged if you rush it. Give it 30 seconds to cool off and the burn goes straight. It stayed wavy through the first half but evened out after that, staying even all the way up to the last finger-burning puffs. The ash looked pretty good until the first ash fell unexpectedly at about an inch and a half. The second ash did the same but after that, surprisingly, the final ash held strong till the end.

Draw : Rating: ★★★★★
Perfect from the get-go. No burn-damaging looseness to speak of and I think I took one puff off of the entire stick that I thought was maybe 5 percent too tight. Even still, the draw is much closer to 5 stars than 4 and a half… as a matter of fact, I think this is my 6th or 7th Gurkha Assassin and I can count on one hand how many tight puffs I’ve had.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
Perfect. Firm, but a gentle squeeze illustrates a taut, well rolled feel. It got a little soft at the very end, but no big deal.

Value : Rating: ★★★☆☆
Delicious cigar, no draw problems, and some burn/ash issues up front but nothing that’ll ruin the experience. Ultimately I’d say it’s about right at 9 dollars. If these sticks were a buck cheaper I’d be smoking 2 or 3 a week.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
I’d say that this is definitely a very enjoyable cigar. The flavor more than makes up for the minor burn/ash issues and I’m not going to hesitate to recommend this cigar… But if your local shop carries it, go with The Dagger over the toro.