Gurkha Cask Blend
As I continue smoking through a Gurkha sampler pack I am being won over, more so, with each smoke. My most recent smoke was that of the Gurkha Cask Blend which was released in 2015. This particular cigar is different from the previous ones I have reviewed simply because Gurkha keeps their construction of this particular cigar a well-kept secret. Some web sleuthing led me to find some people claiming that the wrapper was a Habano which is primarily grown in Nicaragua so I am not sure if the country of origin I have stated below is accurate. Basically, trust nothing other than the size of the cigar, measurements and price. Everything else is pure speculation.
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic?
Size: Grand Robusto
Ring Gauge: 58
Price: $8 – $10
The construction of this cigar is again excellent which is what I have come to expect from Gurkha. A quick dry draw showed that it had a good draw and had a very earthy flavor. It gave me the impression that this cigar was going to be a medium bodied cigar. The wrapper was slightly oily which is not what I have experienced from Gurkha in the past but at least I knew it was not dried out.
Upon lighting the cigar and taking in a few first draws, I immediately detected a taste of saltiness. Those first few puffs were not the most enjoyable but they quickly gave way to a more pleasurable experience. I started to detect a cocoa flavor that was more of a sweet-but-bitter dark chocolate taste. Being a huge fan (understatement) of dark chocolate, I was excited to see where this smoke may take me. Upon exhaling, I got a spice flavor on the tongue. It was a nice complement to the chocolate taste. The body of the cigar was a pleasant medium body and the smoke the cigar produced was quite impressive.
The middle portion of the cigar maintained the consistent taste of chocolate throughout. I started to detect a little bit of coffee as well but it was just a hint. The spice on the tongue dissipated a little too. I would have to say that this portion of the cigar was by far my favorite. The flavor combinations were really blending well together and the burn was consistent. It was a very zen-like experience where everything is working in harmony for a great smoke.
As I approached the end of my zen-like cigar experience I started to detect the spice on the tongue again. Probably due to the fact that I was getting close to the end of the cigar. For some reason, I feel like this is pretty normal for most cigars when you are almost done. The great thing about this cigar is that it never got too overwhelming or harsh like others do. The chocolate and coffee remained up to the very end and I hated to say goodbye.
Gurkha Cask Blend Overall Rating: Excellent
This cigar quickly became one of my favorites out of my most recent reviews. The surprising thing about it to me was that this stick is supposed to be an economical offering by Gurkha whereas the Cellar Reserves I recently smoked, and reviewed, are supposed to be premium. I was not expecting a $8 cigar to beat out others in the same family that were $12-$18. The good news is that this cigar, along with the Cellar Reserves that I also smoked, are fantastic. I would just put this one slightly above the rest. It took me about an hour-and-a-half to smoke this cigar and I would say that it went by too fast. If you have not smoked the Cask Blend, then I would highly recommend you do so soon.
About Gurkha Cigar Co:
From the Gurkha website:
In 1887, at the height of the British rule, colonial soldiers began to make their own cigars from the local tobacco. The fondness of the British for these legendary Nepalese fighters inspired them to name their cigars ” Gurkhas.”
Steeped in legend and history, the Gurkha cigars, created more than a century ago has been reborn and today is one of the most famous brands of luxury cigars in the world. Having extraordinary quality and premium blends of tobacco, Gurkha is known for limited release and rare tobacco products with outstanding and artistically-oriented packaging.
Gurkha is also known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of cigars and is enjoyed by many of the world’s elite including members of Royalty, Military, leading government officials, and celebrities.