Origin : Honduras
Format : Presidente
Size : 7 x 56
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Price : ~$12.00 each
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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.
This cigar has a very dark maduro wrapper. There is one vein that runs down the length of the cigar that gives me a little bit of worry, but in the end, it didn’t affect the burn pattern. The one odd thing I noticed was that the cap was slightly darker than the rest of the cigar. The foot gives a pretty good representation of how solid this cigar is.
Gurkha Black Dragon is one tightly packed cigar. The foot was a little softer than the rest of the stick which made it a bit easier to light. The draw was a little tight at first, but as the cigar progressed it eased up. The ash was quite nice on this cigar as well. It was a medium shade of gray with nice even layers and held on for about three inches at a time. The burn was even throughout, which surprised me with the size of the vein running down the side.
This is where this cigar really shines. The initial flavor is very creamy and smooth. There is a strong leather flavor that comes out almost instantly. Shortly into the stick, the earthy flavors pick up. There are some mild sweet undertones that come out as well. Once the earthiness picks up, there is a little bit of spice that comes out as well. It isn’t too strong, but just enough to give this cigar that little kick. Around halfway, the cigar mellows out. The leather flavor remains on the palate, but the overall taste becomes very woody. From about the halfway point on, the flavor profile stays relatively consistent. There are strong wood and leather notes, with slight sweet and spicy undertones.
At $12 a stick, I feel it is a little overpriced. On a regular basis, $12 is out of my price range. I feel that there are several other choices that are better if I were going to spend that much on a single cigar. But the good thing about this cigar, is that if you are in the U.S., Cigar.com and Cigarsinternational.com almost always have specials on these that take the price per stick as low as $4, in which case, it comes at a 5 star value.
Overall Rating :
Gurkha Black Dragon Imperial Presidente is a fantastic medium bodied cigar that is packed with great flavor. It produces a nice thick smoke that gives off some delicious earthy tones. I think that this cigar is one of the prime examples that you can't judge a cigar’s strength by the wrapper. I recommend this cigar to everyone if they can get their hands on it for a reasonable price.