If you receive a stack of cigar catalogs in the mail every month like I do, than you are probably familiar with Gurkha cigars. According to the Gurkha website Kaizad Hansotia bought the brand for $149 in the late 1980’s during a trip to India. Now Gurkha produces premium cigars and packages them in elaborate boxes. Today’s sample, the G3, is described as a complex powerhouse , so I was anxious to fire it up and see what this cigar had to offer.
Made in: Honduras
Made by: Gurkha
Size: 6 x 50 Toro
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
The G3 is nicely presented with a cedar sleeve with black ribbon at the foot. The band is black and gold and with a gold embossed G3 logo. The cigar felt firmly constructed, yet it felt light in my hand. I inspected the wrapper and found a couple tears/holes in the wrapper that were conveniently hidden by the cedar sleeve. The wrappers was medium brown color and had a couple extremely prominent veins running down the entire length of the cigar. The pre-light aroma of the cigar was made up of cedar and dirt. I clipped the end with my Palio cutter and took a few obstructed draws.
I set fire to the business end of the cigar and started puffing. The draw did open up some, however I noticed in both samples that I really had to work to get a mouth full of smoke. The smoke was very light and dry with a medium body. The flavor was made up of woody and walnut components that blended to create a kind of dirty flavor. The cigar did bun nice and evenly and produced a strong white ash.
These cigars didn’t undergo and major changes in the second third. The flavors remained the same and I still wasn’t able to get a lot of smoke from the cigar.
As I smoked my way through the final third of this cigar I could begin to notice the draw beginning to open up. The flavors remained static with the exception a bitterness that began to mingle with the woody and walnut flavors. The ash remained strong, so I could easily allow the cigar to burn for over an inch before tapping the ash.
I’m unimpressed with the Gurkha G3. Considering the cigar was touted as a complex powerhouse, I was expecting much more. I found the flavors to be unvarying and I would categorize this cigar as being on the low end of medium bodied. Despite the draw issues, the cigar did burn well and did not require any touch-ups. Aging these cigars would be an appropriate action to help mellow out some of the bitterness that appeared in the final third of the cigar. I could see myself picking up a few more if they were in the $3-4.00 range, but not at $9.00 a stick. This cigar wasn’t appealing to me and I wouldn’t recommend it, however, I am interested in hearing what you have to say about any experiences you have had with the Gurkha G3.