Gurkha Grand Reserve Robusto

Gurkha Grand Reserve RobustoOrigin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Robusto/Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
Price : ~$10.00/each
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I bought the Gurkha Grand Reserve Robusto on a whim and didn't research it until after the purchase. After looking into it a bit, I found that it was combined with Luis XIII Cognac. I really didn't know what to expect from it, and was I surprised.

Appearance : ★★★★★
A lovely chocolate cigar, reminiscent of the color of a fine cappuccino. Looks like a winner.
Construction : ★★★★½
This smoke had a good even burn from tip to ring. It was tight, but not too tight and you got a good plume of smoke every time, even early on. Good job!

Flavor : ★★★★☆
As I stated before, I really didn't know what to expect of this one. The first third really blew my mind. This was an incredible mixture of the cognac flavor and a smooth sweetness. The second third stayed along those same lines, yet I began to detect just a slight hint of pepper. The final third was where the spice started to really kick in. A little much for my own palate, but It was still enjoyable.

Value : ★★★★½
A good investment, particularly if you are a fan of a good cognac.

Overall Rating : ★★★★½
The inital taste and the lingering flavor upon my lips made this a highly enjoyable cigar. I would suggest that if you are fond of the pepper in the last third, that you try it with a good smooth carbonated drink of some sort, perhaps a nice champagne. It really accents the intensity.

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6 Comments on “Gurkha Grand Reserve Robusto”

  1. Boy do I love a good Robusto, and this is a very good one. Really nice to look at. Even the smell is one of pure pleasure. The real experience, of course, is in the smoke. It makes me want to lite one up just thinking about it. Think I’ll do just that!

  2. Charlie Joe says:

    The cognac really made this one. If you’ve never had one in a humidor, give it a shot. I aged one for a month exactly and the flavor was so much more evident. This is one of those rare occasions where it’s good with or without, but I prefer it aged.

  3. Yeah. I liked it. I wouldn’t want to smoke one every day, but it was something new. I kept the tube. It still smelled like cognac. I tried putting an NP 2004 in it and letting it set for 3 months to see if it would improve. It didn’t.

  4. I enjoy a flavored cigar once in a while and this always peaked my interest. Ten bucks is a bit steep for my wallet but it’s not all that bad. I enjoy a good cognac so I might need to pick one up for a nice relaxing night. Is there another version of this? I thought I heard something about a gold wax seal and a platinum seal…

  5. I have one sitting in the humi. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. Another important review for me, as I got one in a bomb. Indeed, I have WAY more ‘gars than I can consume (and, no, I am not sharing! Well, okay, maybe a bomb or two… or three! Okay, nevermind, I’ll share!). So it helps to track ‘em down.

    Gurkhas seem to run the gamut from sublime to scheiss. Kind of makes you leery of popping down the dough w/o reading up first… (esp. given their outrageous-but-discounted MSRPs!).

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