Friday, February 24, 2012

Gurkha Black Dragon Fury Review

Country: Honduras
Wrapper origin: Connecticut
Wrapper type: Maduro
Filler / Binder: Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Cameroon
Length: 6”
Ring: 50
Cost: $6.00

Appearance (0-20): The Fury is all dressed up in black tie attire, sporting a nice dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. It has no blemishes on its face and is all dolled up with the standard Gurkha band, but goes a step further with a nice bold Fury footband. Is footband a word? Foot band? Whatever. This one looks great. Not perfect, but nearly so.
Score: 19

Construction (0-20): The shape is close to a box press without actually being one. It feels solid, so much to the point that I worried about it being over stuffed. Nope! No debris on the cut, perfect draw, and an ash that lasted about an inch to an inch and a half at a time. Again not the perfect construction as I wish the ash would have held a little better, but it was well above average. Slight wrapper issue, but it is often understandable with things that are close to a box press.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): With a name like Fury, you almost have to think this thing is going to kick your ass early and often. It doesn’t. It’s strong without being harsh. It’s a kick to the crotch without the pain of it grazing your balls. Look for this to be just a hair into the full range.
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): Prepare yourself for a real treat. Java. Spice. Cedar. Chocolate. Pepper. Dry, rinse, and repeat. Impressive to say the least. The taste is one that is complex and interesting but melds well together. However, this may also be the only area I had a little issue. There were some bitter notes that were less pleasing. I wonder if a different size or a longer aging process would help to give this cigar less of a bitter edge.
Score: 15

Value (0-20): At $6.00, I would have to go with a slight bargain on this. Its really unfortunate that the flavor was dropped a notch due to bitter notes. If it didn’t have that issue… this would absolutely be a higher score.
Score: 16

Additional Notes: Paired with coffee at Cigars International. This was sent along to me in a trade with the r/cigars community – a special thanks to Tythelist.

Overall (0-100): Nice looking cigar that faltered slightly in the flavor department. I actually plan on picking up some of the other sizes to see how it changes the flavor profile. Unfortunately that one single issue plays into two scores… and yet the flavor aside from the bitterness was outstanding. Bah… I wanted to rate this higher, but I just couldn’t.
Score: 86

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