The Gurkha Xtreme Cigar Online ReviewThe Gurkha Xtreme cigar was announced prior to the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, and though it slipped under the radar as the show approached, it has picked up attention again for its bold appearance and flavors. The company has long billed itself as the “Rolls Royce” of stogies, so it’s no surprise that some of the blend details are kept secret, and that it is premium all the way. Still, even without the blend details, it is clear that this is a stronger stick crafted with a number of Nicaraguan tobaccos.



The stogie is made with a Nicaraguan wrapper and binder, though the fillers are kept secret. The company claims they will release the specifics in the future, but all that’s known at this point is that they are proprietary tobaccos. The Gurkha Xtreme cigar looks like a monster, with a rough wrapper the color of freshly brewed coffee, some prominent veining, and visible seams. The band is in your face as well, with black, gold, and red colors displaying a cobra lashing forward to strike. The sticks also come in a loud looking box, with a red and black futuristic design that is all lines and angles. It is rolled in three formats, including a Grand Robusto (5 x 54), a Toro (6 x 56) and the XO (6 x 60). The cold draw brings out some grass and earth notes, along with a feisty spice flavor.



Reviews stated that a combination of flavors is what the Gurkha Xtreme cigar launches with, though they are a bit stronger than the cold draw. The spice soon dies down some and shifts to the back of the palate. By the end of the first third, it moves to the retrohale and takes on a peppery taste. The earth is a primary flavor, and it is soon joined by a coffee note that offers a jolt.



Going into the middle third, the earth and coffee flavors are still the primary notes, with the grass in the background and the spice on the retrohale. Around the halfway mark, the stick makes a significant flavor shift, bumping the sharper earth and coffee flavors back a bit. In their place, a leather note and a flavor that reviewers described as sweet jerky take over the profile. One aficionado likened it to teriyaki with its sweet and meaty mix.



The final third is more of the same, though the spice makes a return and heats the profile back up. This produces a mouthwatering sweet, savory, and spicy mix that may leave the smoker’s stomach rumbling.



Although the packaging and marketing are bold, bold, bold, the Gurkha Xtreme cigar tops out at medium full. The flavors aren’t overly complex either, but are put together smartly. Together, the package makes for a premium stick with premium flavors and premium performance, which is what the brand is known for.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017

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