Gurkha Empire I

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
Company: Gurkha
Made in: Unknown
Wrapper: Honduran Habano
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Nicaraguan and Peruvian Ligero
MSRP: $6.00
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.

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Great review man! I may have to try one of these ;) (you will get the joke in about a week, lol)

I also think Gurkha is like Rocky Patel with so many blends it is hard to keep track of them all. I also think that a lot of Gurkhas that I do enjoy are not priced to terribly bad by the box. I love the Gurkha Grand Reserve with Cignac, which will run me over $13 locally, but buying a a set of 30 from online it reduces the price to around $7 a piece. I can not complain about them at all for that price.


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Great review man! I’ve never had any ghurka’s but it’s a brand that I would like to explore more. My locals dont carry them, so they would have to be online purchases for me. These sound like a good deal, though its tough to pick whch one to go with being one thru six and I think that is probably what keeps some people away from them because they have blends within blends. The other one they did that with was the liga blends, which each size is a different blend, so somebody who likes a robusto may not neccessarily like that blend in that size, so they would have to smoke say the churchill to get the blend they like, but then the size isn’t what they normally go for, ahhhh confusing!

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Thanks for the review. I’ve seen these in the last few CI catalogs for $60 a box and thought for $3 a smoke they’d be a steal……if they weren’t dog rockets! I don’t buy into the Gurkha hype, but I do have a few favorites, namely the Gurkha Assassin which I LOVE! I’ll likely order a box of Empire (likely III), now having the confidence that if one was good, they’re all probably decent.

Some of the Empire series seem to be a very good cigar and they are reasonably priced. Great review. After seeing this review, I am thinking about getting some of these to try out before I commit to a box purchase.

Does anyone know who and where ghurka boxes are made?

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