Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Year
I am slowly working my way through a sample set of the Gurkha Cellar Reserve series and I am quite excited with the cigar I was able to smoke for this review. Per usual, I went out to my back porch to smoke and brought along with me some bourbon.
It is rare that you will find me smoking a cigar without some bourbon to accompany the smoke. For some reason, they just pair so well with each other. I think it helps that I thoroughly enjoy bourbon and cigars on their own merit. I also think that when you drink the two, you can somewhat envision yourself as a mobster or an outlaw cowboy sitting in a saloon. It really just encapsulates a feeling of ruggedness and stature all at the same time. I also think there is something pretty unique about both crafts. Both are often blends, aged with certain temperatures doing unique things to each, often only coming from certain regions, and picked by people at the top of their craft to represent their brand. Someone picked out that particular offering because they saw something unique in it and wanted to share it with the world. Combining the two just seems natural.
With that being said, I decided to pair this particular Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Year cigar with a bourbon I had never had before called Yellowstone Select. It is nothing fancy but the label is pretty sweet and it only costs around $45. It is not a very high proof bourbon being that it is only a 93 proof. It has a gentle spicy kick to it with a subtle fruity flavor as well. It is not going to knock your socks off but I think it is a decent value. I would encourage you to check it out if you have not before.
Now, on to the cigar.
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian rosado
Binder: NicaraguaFiller: Nicaragua
Ring Gauge: 52
The Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Year, which I smoked for this review, is a special edition created to celebrate the Cellar Reserve’s 10 year anniversary. The 15 Year was initially introduced in 2007, re-introduced in 2011, and then a branded 10 year anniversary stick was launched in the latter
part of 2017.
The construction of this cigar was what you would expect from a Gurkha, very good. It was a firmly rolled cigar and the wrapper was a little veiny but the overall appearance was really good. I detected some earthy smells with notes of hay and wood being prominent.
Upon lighting the cigar, I immediately detected a combination of sweetness and dryness. I immediately noticed a coffee flavor with undertones of hay and chocolate. Upon exhaling, I noticed a pepper and spice flavor on the tongue. It was a nice combination. The body of the cigar was not too strong and I would say that it was a medium-bodied cigar to start off. Without divulging what I was noticing upon tasting it, my wife even took a puff and came to the exact conclusion. Since she is not a regular cigar smoker you would have to think those flavors are prominent for her to notice them as well.
As I worked my way in to the 2ndthird of the cigar I started to notice that the pepper and spice flavor on the tongue began to fade away and I was detecting more earthy and leather notes after exhaling. The flavor coffee is flavor is still the most prominent flavor during this third and the body of the cigar starts to become slightly stronger than the medium body of the 1stthird.
As I was reaching the end of this stick I noticed that the body of the cigar has made a drastic transition from the 1stthird. It is now a nice strong flavored cigar. The coffee flavor continues to persists but now I am getting more of a toast and wood flavor mixed in with that as well. It eventually became too strong for my palate and I had to put it down sooner that I would have liked for a premium stick.
Overall Rating: Very Good
This cigar was excellent! It took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to smoke the whole thing. It maintained an even burn throughout the smoke and it produces a nice cloud of smoke with each puff of the cigar. I would say that the coffee flavor of the cigar is maintained mainly throughout along with teases of pepper and spice. It is probably a great cigar for those who are like myself and are looking for something that straddles the line between medium and strong bodied cigars. It would probably be a good gateway cigar for those trying to get in to smoking stronger flavored cigars.