During a visit to my local cigar shop, I rummaged through the humidor and found a fairly good looking 5 pack. In addition to an Ashton VSG Enchantment and a stubby Vintage Rocky Patel, it included a Gurkha Cellar Reserve in a Perfecto. I am a fan of any cigar that can be lazily smoked in under an hour and love the way Perfectos burn. I’ve liked the Gurkha cigars I’ve smoked in the past. Count me in.
Gurkha Cellar Reserve General info and Appearance
If you believe everything you read on the Internet, the Gurkha Cellar Reserve is a Gurkha’s attempt to compete with Drew Estate’s Liga Privada line. The 4×58 Perfecto is made to the similar dimensions as some of Liga Privada’s Feral Pig vitolas. It’s made with a 15 year old Criollo filler, a Dominican Olor binder and a 1998 Criollo wrapper.
The Gurkha Cellar Reserve has a wordy, wide, matte cream band that takes up half the length of the cigar. It slides off easily and gives you something to fumble around with while you smoke.
Gurkha Cellar Reserve Construction
The Gurkha Cellar Reserve sat in the cellophane in my humidor for a month or so before I finally got around to lighting it. After rolling it around in my hands, I was content with the construction. It wasn’t loose, but it wasn’t especially firm either. If there’s room to improve on this cigar, this may be one area to focus.
Pre light draw
After making a couple quick clips with my Cuban Crafters Perfect Cutter, I was able to take a quick pull from the Gurkha Cellar Reserve. It drew easily and I was greeted with heavy pepper spice with a mild sweetness underneath.
Did I mention I love Perfecto burn? This was no exception. It lit easily, burned evenly throughout and never got too hot. After a couple inches, the wrapper did start to unravel, but never to the point of falling apart.
Despite the pepper spice in the pre-light draw, it’s only faintly present in the first third of the cigar. Initially, the dominant flavors are sweet, woody notes. In the second third, the pepper fades almost entirely and the oaky sweetness mellows out into a really pleasant descent. The descent continues as the cigar finishes and just gets smoother the closer it gets to the nub. The Gurkha Cellar Reserve is a lazy ride and it sets you down easy when it’s done.
Gurkha Cellar Reserve: The bottom line
I’ve already established an affinity for Liga Privadas, so it shouldn’t be any shocker that I’m a fan of a cigar that’s in that same vein. I’d be hard pressed to suggest that this little Gurkha is as full bodied as a T52, or even a No. 9, but as a standalone cigar, it sits well within a people pleasing medium bodied cigar. It definitely packs enough flavor to remain interesting. The 15 year old Criollo has really aged well. Seasoned cigar smokers will like this stick. Newer smokers who are starting to delve into more flavorful cigars will probably love this stick.
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