Love them or hate them, there is no denying that Gurkha has a huge variety to choose from. Their extensive lines of cigars cover mild to full-bodied cigars, cheap to expensive, and traditional to flavored/infused. So chances are, if you’re a cigar nut, Gurkha might have a cigar that suits your taste.
The new Empire Series features six different blends. All six of these blends are packaged in 20 count boxes, and are currently only available in a 5.5 x 52 Robusto. The Empire I that I smoked for this review features a Honduran Habano wrapper, and a mixture of Nicaraguan and Peruvian Ligero for the filler. Esthetically this is a tasty looking cigar. The wrapper color closely resembles dark chocolate, and is absent of any major veins. With the exception of one hard spot, the cigar is solidly constructed. Pre-light aroma is sweet tobacco off the foot and hints of cedar off the wrapper.
Name: Gurkha Empire I
Made in: Unknown
Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan and Peruvian Ligero
Comes in: Boxes of 20
Vitola: Robusto (5.5″ X 52)
I have to give Gurkha credit for this one. I think the Empire I is a really solid cigar that I could easily see myself smoking more off. The $6.00 price point is also a welcome departure from some of the higher price products I’ve grown accustom to seeing from Gurkha. No doubt, I’d recommend trying this cigar. The Empire I is a solid stick that in my experience has performed extremely well.