Wrapper type: 98 Criollo
Filler / Binder:
Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
Appearance (0-20): Typical of the Gurkha line, you will find the Cellar Reserve with its own little kitschy way of doing things. This one has a wrapper that dominates about 1/3 of the cigar, proclaiming that this is a 15 year aged cigar, and points out some of the important statistics like the batch number, quantity, and blend strength. It’s actually a pretty cool concept. The wrapper itself is nice and oily with a decent sheen and it has such a rich color to it that you almost feel bad about soon having to clip off the end and light it up. There are some small veins throughout and I don’t feel the wrap job is superb, but my hope is it wouldn’t cause any issues with the smoking itself.
Strength (0-20): The medium to full rating is where it’s been billed. I personally found this to be more toward the medium range of things with some random punches that sock you into the full range, but it was well balanced with the flavor profile.
Overall (0-100): There were some minor construction issues but the flavor profile is both complex and interesting. I found it really enjoyable despite the odd pairing of flavors (sour citrus and chocolate) without being overpowering in any way. Then at the end to pad the cigar with the natural chocolate sweetness is nearly genius. I wish the construction didn’t have an issue, or this could easily have topped the 90 point mark. But given how tasty this one was, (and taking apart the construction issue) consider it a possible sleeper in the $10 range.
Additional Notes: Paired with water at cigars international.