July 29, 2014
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Costa Rica
Strength : Medium to Full
Price : $6.90 each
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.
The dark Brazilian wrapper gives off a strong barnyard aroma while the foot lends scents of barley and pepper. The cold draw is clear and open, producing gentle flavors of wood and crushed black pepper. Rich, dark tobacco dominates the first few puffs. A bit of cedar pokes through midway through the first third as well as a delicate sweetness. Earthy notes of espresso and wood cap off the second third. The final third sees a bit of a leathery finish.
Gurkha’s Ancient Warrior draws easily and produces huge plumes of thick, white smoke with each puff. The beautiful, crisp ash hangs on to just over an inch before the first drop. The burn is slow and even with a total smoking time of seventy-five minutes.
It is always a toss-up for me with Gurkha cigars. I would say 80% of them are good sticks, 10% of them are terrible, and 10% are mind-blowingly amazing (like the Cellar Reserve). This is a typical Gurkha, a good, solid stick but not spectacular. However, at under $7 a stick, it makes a good humidor-filler stick.
July 13, 2016
I couldn’t disagree more. Gurkha make some of the most flavorful cigars with amazing volumes of oily smoke. For instance the Gurkha Ghost….I would sooner reach for one of these over any other stick in my collection. The flavor changes, the plumes of heavy smoke, you know you lit an amazing stick right off the go. And rarely do I find a flaw in the construction or draw.
July 30, 2014
I agree, with a few exceptions. For instance, the Gurkha Factum and Gurkha Cellar Reserve are among my top 10 favorite cigars. I just bought a Gurkha Cellar Reserve in a Maduro wrapper. I will have to write a review on it!
July 29, 2014
Gurkhas and Patels, to me at least, are the Honda civics and
Toyota corollas of the cigar world. They’re out there and you prefer not to drive them unless you have no choice; same with the cigars, meh. If there’s nothing else, then okay, but definitely not by choice.
I know someone will throw rocks at me for this opinion, but I just can’t find much reason to actually buy these cigars. I think I’ve had all of the different blends in samplers hoping to find something that makes me shake my head and say, “yeah, that’s good.” But, not really. Sorry.
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