Gurkha Cigars are now producing affordable lines for all aficionados. When one thinks of a premium tobacco product, Gurkha cigars may be one of the first things to come to mind, and for aficionados it’s easy to see why. For more than a century, the company has produced high-end products for clients, developing a reputation as the “Rolls Royce” of the industry.

What makes this brand so successful?

A big reason is the tobacco itself. Gurkha is known for its high-quality blends of tobacco, using a process that dates back to the turn of the 19th century and continues to this day. They are also packaged creatively in rare limited release products.

In the past, these cigars were known for their exclusivity; their brands would routinely cost hundreds of dollars per box. One of its brands, also one of the most expensive cigars ever made, is the HMR (His Majesty’s Reserve), – a box of 20 can run about $16,000. However, in recent years the company has been committed to providing the same high-quality product at a more affordable cost.

Among the latest to come out from Gurkha Cigars is the Ghost, a medium-bodied cigar with a multi-layered taste. Wrapped in a dark Brazilian Arapiraka Maduro wrapper, and bound by an aged Criollo 98 binder, this product is filled with select tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It has a sweet and earthy taste, with hints of cocoa and cinnamon. It comes in four sizes: Shadow (5x52), Angel Torpedo Tubo (6x52), Exorcist (6x60), and Asura (6x54).

The company has also been celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a line of products that have been popularly received. Like the Ghost, the 125th Anniversary cigar is also medium-bodied, with a combination of carefully chosen tobaccos from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Brazil creating a sweet and smooth flavor profile. It has an oily Cubra, Habano wrapper combined with an Ecuadorian, Habano binder. It won the Golden Label Printing Award. The 125th Anniversaries are available in four different sizes: Robusto (5x52), Rothchild (6x54), Torpedo (6.5x54) and XO (6x60).

On the horizon, the company is looking to produce a group of regional releases under its Classic brand. The new Classics would feature a distinct blend for each cigar, depending on the region in which it is purchased – one for the East Coast, one for the West Coast, and one for the Midwest. Those products are expected to run between $8 and $9 per cigar.

Another release Gurkha Cigars has scheduled for 2014 is a high-end offering under its East India Trading Company brand. The last release to come from East India was the Rogue, a strong, full-flavored cigar with a special blend of three-year-old ligero tobacco bound by a rare Ecuadorian binder.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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