Gurkha Cellar Reserve Platinum

I have always admired Gurkha’s ability to market their product. I remember their cigar boxes looking like some sort of treasure chest. It was obvious they wanted to make an impression with their cigars and I think they accomplished just that. Their namesake is that of Nepalese soldiers that fought with the British army during the Anglo-Nepalese War. They had a reputation of carrying a large curved knife (khukuri) and rolled their own cigars. Needless to say, they were pretty badass so it is no wonder why someone would want to name their cigar company after them.

When I first noticed Gurkha cigars I immediately noticed that they looked like very bold cigars with dark Maduro or Oscuro wrappers which meant that I would typically steer clear of them. Over the past few years I have noticed that their product line has become quite diverse and have found quite a few offerings that I enjoy immensely. I will say though, that they do tend to be a bit on the expensive side which means I cannot enjoy them as much as I would like. The make no apologies for being considered a luxury cigar and even their website cites that they are the “Rolls Royce” of cigars.

A few years ago, I went to a Gurkha sponsored cigar event and got to experience how much of a fan base they actually have. Some of the attendees at that event that I spoke with are diehard fans that only smoke Gurkhas. They had a raffle for some of their rarer (read: uber expensive) cigars that had some attendees foaming at the mouth and squealing like little girls if they won one. One cigar allegedly could sell for $1000+.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve Platinum, which I smoked for this review, contains Nicaraguan tobacco that has been “expertly” aged for 12 years. It is the fourth installment from their Cellar Reserve line, but the first to be made in Nicaragua. The wrapper is stated as being an Ecuadorian Oscuro but it is not as dark as one might expect from an Oscuro.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: Presidente
Ring Gauge: 58
Length: 5”
Price: $10
Overall Rating: VG (Very Good)

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve Platinum, which I smoked for this review, contains Nicaraguan tobacco that has been “expertly” aged for 12 years. It is the fourth installment from their Cellar Reserve line, but the first to be made in Nicaragua. The wrapper is stated as being an Ecuadorian Oscuro but it is not as dark as one might expect from an Oscuro.

Pre-Light
The cigar in my hand felt really well constructed. It was tightly rolled, a little veiny in the wrapper, and smelled like barn and hay. The cigar had a little spiraled pig-tail cap that, I guess, you could pull off. I was not aware of this functionality so I cut mine with my Xikar scissors. Upon cutting it, I noticed that the cigar was a little dry. I thought my humidor was well humidified so I am not sure if the cigar was just extremely dry when I got it or just an anomaly. Regardless, I proceeded enthusiastically.

1stThird
Within the first few minutes I knew this was going to be a fun cigar. The flavor profile changed quickly on me after lighting it. The first few minutes I detected some spice with a peppery feel on the tongue. The body of the cigar was consistently mild-to-medium throughout this third. Towards the end of this third, I got more notes of bread with subtle spices. The peppery feel on the tongue had almost completely subsided.

2ndThird
The notes of bread began to become more of a toast flavor. This third was the most pleasant by far. The taste of pepper on the tongue started to come back in and complimented the toast flavor really well. The body of the cigar become more of a medium-bodied cigar.

Final Third
The cigar became a little more earthy in flavor with some big notes of coffee and spices coming through. The body was trending more away from medium towards strong. It never was an overpowering bodied cigar like some Gurkhas tend to be with me.

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Platinum Overall


I would definitely recommend this cigar to others. Especially those who tend to think Gurkhas are too strong for them because this would surprise them. I also do not think that it is priced out of many people’s budget at roughly $10/cigar. It might be a splurge for some who tend to smoke $6-$8 cigars but I definitely think it worth it.

by Jeremy Dixon

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