Gurkha Red Witch CigarAmong the many cigars unveiled in 2012, the Gurkha Red Witch was one of the more anticipated line-ups at the annual IPCPR Trade Show. While it is just the second release for the notable East India Trading Company, their history and recent success in the tobacco industry has proven the quality they produce. From its pristine construction to the flavorful blend packed inside, the Gurkha Red Witch is a stogie for a diverse arrangement of aficionados and settings.

Currently a subsidiary of Gurkha Cigar Group, Inc. the East India Trading Company originally planted its roots during the 1600’s under the rein of Queen Elizabeth. Legend has it that during this British control the expatriate soldiers in India practiced the trade of cigar making utilizing the native tobacco. The business eventually enabled the successful exchange of goods, especially tobacco, between India and Great Britain. While many years have passed, the India based legend has returned with the rebirth of the trading company under the control of the premium Gurkha brand. Now officially conducting business under the historic name it has begun to make a fresh footprint in the industry. Wicked Indie was a successful first smoke from this company, making the instant recognition behind this recent addition almost expected.

Named after one of the British ships used for trading during the 1800’s the Gurkha Red Witch is a medium to full bodied, box pressed stogie. It is made up of a beige Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper. The binder is created from fine Dominican tobacco while the filler is a complementary aged Nicaraguan tobacco originating in the Jalapa mountain environment. A large yet sophisticated band encircles the stick and displays a depiction of the original trading ship in embossed red, gold, white, and blue. This line-up is available in three substantial vitolas including the Robusto, Rothchild, and XO and packaged in hefty, yet affordable boxes of 50.

Right out of the box, reviewers compliment the Gurkha Red Witch cigar on its appearance and pre-lit feel. It is said to appear rustic with a small amount of veining apparent. There is said to be an immediate scent of spice, leather, and forest landscape. Once effortlessly ignited with a quality lighter, the flavors begin to come together. The beginning third of the journey has a bit of sweetness, yet a wood and soil mixture is said to take the lead. A minor hint of fresh leather is detected as well. During the second third the spiciness described during the pre-light evaluation has made its way to the surface. It is said to increase as the burn continues, while the earthy notes have mellowed at this point. Reviewers agree that in the final third the spicy taste has grown considerably without becoming unbearable to the smoker. The sweet woodsy undertones remain subtle. While the strength fluctuated in the flavors were consistent from start to finish.

Reviewers found the experience to be satisfying as the burn was described as even and the draw nice and stable all the way through. The dark grey ash was said to have held firm while each puff gave off an adequate amount of creamy white smoke. The superior construction allowed the stogie to be smoked right to the nub.

The ultimate objective for the East India Trading company is to provide smokers of all types with unique flavors and blends at a price within their means. By remaining true to their past and the meaningful traditions integrated within it, they have succeeding in doing just that with their latest Gurkha Red Witch cigar.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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