Sunday, March 4, 2012

Gurkha Centurian Review

Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper origin: Connecticut
Wrapper type: Broadleaf
Filler / Binder: Dominican Republic
Length: 6”
Ring: 60
Cost: $30.00 (MSRP)

Appearance (0-20): The perfecto reviewed today, the Gurkha Centurian, has a nice look to it. Close to perfect little curves accentuate the normal Gurkha branding on the bands. The wrapper is a rich looking Connecticut broadleaf that is extremely inviting. Minor veins are along the outside, but hopefully it will be nothing that changes the smoking experience.
Score: 17

Construction (0-20): Perfectos are one of the cigars I worry about the most. They are hard to pack properly and often will burn unevenly. This particular stick is no exception to the rule. The packing feels alright in the middle but as it stretches to each end there are some gaps. The cut reveals little tobacco residue, so there is some hope that this one will be good. The draw seems a tad trickier than it should be - at first it’s tough and all I can do is sit back and pray that it will open up as it burns…. And thankfully it does. As the cigar is smokes it becomes easier and easier to draw, but the ash doesn’t want to hold on for more and an inch or so. Kind of disappointing with the issues, but altogether it isn’t too bad.
Score: 15

Strength (0-20): A cigar that I expected to be a big heavier (medium to possibly full) ended up being nothing near it. There are some blasts of strength randomly strewn throughout, but in the long run it was a mild to medium cigar at best.
Score: 12

Flavor (0-20): The first bit of the cigar is very leathery with small splashes of both spices and some amount of coffee. While it continues to have an earthy base as it burns, the flavors transition more and more to the coffee realm of taste. The only problem is that there is an inherent bitterness that tends to go along with the taste thats slightly unpleasant. There are some minor hints of chocolate and something like nutmeg also, but it really isn’t prevalent throughout and only peeks its head in once or twice. The overall taste was enjoyable, even though it was a little disjointed. It’s not fully complex, but it also isn’t boring in any way.
Score: 16

Value (0-20): If you are paying the MSRP for this, you might be crazy…. Or you have too much money on your hands. $30.00 is a lot of money to spend on a cigar that isnt the top of the line.
Score: 1

Additional Notes: Paired with coffee at my dad’s place.

Overall (0-100): The Centurian, which supposedly was blended for a wealthy Sultan, is in no way worthy of being smoked by royalty. In fact, about the only royal thing about it would be its MSRP of $30. While the Centurian looks and tastes pretty good, there are some issues with this perfecto’s construction that need to be considered. Should you pay $30 for this? Hell no. Don’t waste your money. Go spend it on a Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru Solomon, a few Padron 1964s, or something from the Opus line. But if you can find this on cigarbid for a few bucks… then it might be worth trying.  
Score: 61


  1. I think i have a few of these in the humi from a couple of years ago in a CI deal but havent smoked them. Your opinion is exactly how i thouht itwould be.

    1. they dont have a bad taste by any means, but they are absolutely not something i want to pay anywhere near $30 for. $5-7 perhaps.

  2. Horrible review IMO. These cigars get a 90+ from me =) YUMMMMMMMY!

  3. review is right. very uneven burn, taste nothing to be excited about. seems i have this problem with a few other gurkhas also. very disappointed. will not but gurkhas again and if in a sampler i won't buy the sampler.

  4. I've gotten several in sample packs and they were all terrible. Uneven burn, some even fell apart (not a problem with my humidor, all other cigars are just fine). I also avoid any gurkha samplers with these in them. However, I wouldn't avoid gurkhas altogether, I've had many a fine gurkha.

  5. I have been a cigar smoker for 50 years and moved up to hand rolled after 10 years. The Gurkha Centurian Double Perfecto was part of a five pack and it was BAD. Poor construction? check. Wrapper unravelling and stems in the filler? yep. Strong chemical taste? yes. Tobacco or herbal taste? no. After the first cigar I thought it can't be this bad! But the second was just as awful. From CI description: "truly something special"--you bet, one of the worst! "Centurian is a limited release, a collector's item." only if you collect lousy cigars.

    1. Exact same experience here. It tasted like dry, fall leaves. Very bitter. Horrible. I too tried a second. The remaining 3 from my sampler went untouched into the garbage.

    2. When I first tried these they were part of a CI sampler pack and I loved the floral notes and taste.. then at the half way point it all falls apart. it begins with a heavy ammonia flavor essentially making the cigar unsmokeable in the last 1/3 so you have to toss it. Aging with the cello wrapper off between 62-65 rh helps to reduce the ammonia issue over time. What you get flavor wise in the first half is great and if you pay $3.50 a stick based on them being in a sampler pack just realize what you are getting. Honestly I would love to sample the original blend that the legend is based on, but as it stands now -A cigar worthy of a Sultan? hardly or the Sultan of Brunei must love the taste of ammonia, if this is what he smokes but I highly doubt it, its just typical Gurkha marketing. Here's my advice, enjoy the first half then toss it in the bonfire.

  6. Definitely one of the worst cigar I've ever sampled... ended up throwing it out half smoked (I kept trying to like it). It fell apart and tasted like perfume. I have 6 more that are wasting room in my humidor... that won't last long.

  7. I have had 2 of these and they taste great, but they have to be seasoned in your humidor a few days without the wrapper. It takes 5 min to get it to a good level of smoke, and you have to handle it carefully so it won't unravel. The last third is the best all the way to the nub. I only paid about $2.50 per stick,and that was worth it. It gives a mostly great smoke for 90 minutes. I didn't get an ammonia taste at all.

  8. Last third was the best, the rest reminded me of when I used buck hay and stack it in a barn. Very grassy, dry and bitter at times.