Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gurkha Legend Review


Information:
Country: Honduras
Wrapper type / origin: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican (with Cameroon binder)
Length: 7”
Ring: 50
Cost: $7.00

Appearance (0-20): Carrying the standard Gurkha label, there isn’t much to dislike. The stick is a nicely sized Toro that has a gorgeous Connecticut Broadleaf draped over the outside. It smells wonderful, and looks just the same. No major veins, no blemishes… just a nice looking cigar overall. Not perfect, but its on the right track.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): I sometimes have complaints with Gurkha cigars when it comes to their construction. There are times when the draw is way too tough or way too loose. This wasn’t one of those times. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s begin with the look and feel. A nice silky feeling on the wrapper, packed (what seemed to be) just perfect. It lights up nice and easy, with a perfect draw to match. As an extra few points to add, it stayed almost completely even throughout, with the ash remaining on there for at the least 1.5 inches each time.
Score: 19

Strength (0-20): Medium bodied cigar? Absolutely is. Thankfully it has some notes that push it almost to the full range, but it still seems to hold back from becoming something overpowering. Throughout the stick it varies from a true medium cigar to the edge of full and back again, finally ending with a nice kick.
Score: 18

Flavor (0-20):.Gurkha has been notorious, at least for me, for varying widely in flavor. Some I love, some I can’t even be bothered with. This one falls into the former. The flavors compliment each other well and in the long run have a brilliant complex relationship. I had the experience of a nice earthy and almost toastlike taste as the major tone. But the undertones were that of dark cherries, hearty spices, some pepper, and you might even catch some leather and chocolate tastes. Hints of licorice pop up in there too, but I didn’t find that throughout, being mainly at the end instead. Entering the last inch or two of the cigar, the spices picked up and ended with a really satisfying punch.
Score: 19

Value (0-20): If we are taking into consideration the overall items above, then the Gurkha Legend being $7.00 a stick isn’t too shabby of a price at all. I can completely understand the original price tag given that this particular blend is ages for 8 years before going into the wrapper. But while it isn’t a “steal” of a deal, it’s still a great MSRP for it. If I could catch these on the fabled “devil’s site” (aka cigar bid) for anything below $4.50, it would be an absolute deal for me.
Score: 17

Additional Notes: Paired with Captain Morgan’s Private Stock Rum, in my own garage.

Overall (0-100): What a complete 180 degree turn from the last cigar I reviewed (the Oliveros Classic). This bad boy was a good strength with an amazingly complex base to it. Constructed well, with a great appearance, and not too high of a cost – you have a winning combination. I absolutely enjoyed the Gurkha Legend from initial light to the last inch (when I was smoking it so far down the nub that I nearly burnt myself). I would absolutely recommend this, and further I plan to smoke more of these in the future. Hands down this is a great cigar.
Score: 90




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