DESCRIPTION: The Gurkha cigar company has built a reputation as a luxury brand with extraordinary packaging and a wide range of cigars. But with uncertain financial times ahead, and a bevy of anti-tobacco legislative initiatives on the horizon, Gurkha, as well as every other cigar company has to be anticipate big changes in 2012.
After a successful run at CAO, Gary Hyams recently joined team Gurkha as the president and CEO. Since then, Gurkha has released three new cigars that represent the depth and breadth of the refueled company and that clearly mark the aspirations and new trajectory of things to come.
Today’s featured Gurkha is the Seduction, a dark and sultry stick with vintage Gurkha presentation and flair. The Seduction starts with a Colombian Corojo filler, nestled in a Dominican Olor binder and finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
The Seduction comes in four sizes: a 6 x 55 Rothchild, a 7 x 55 Churchill, a 6 x 60 XO, and at a MSRP: $6.80 per stick, the cigar I’m featuring today, the 5-inch by 55 ring gauge Grand Robusto.
FEATURED LIBATION: Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier
The Bonfire is a Rauchbier, which is the German word for Smoked Beer. Once upon a time, all beers were Rauchbiers, so to speak. With the ancient methods of drying green brewer’s malt over open fires, all grains picked up smoky flavors and passed them on to the beers made from them. So, the Rauchbier is a very ancient beer varietal.
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?
• Doc speaks about how manufacturers bring their cigars to the market from concept to delivery and talks about his participation in the process.
SPECIAL SF5 SEGMENT: Interview with Gary Hyams, President and CEO of Gurkha Cigars.
DOC’S CIGAR POSTSCRIPT: La Caridad del Cobre La Charada Maduro, No. 64 Muerto Grande
I featured this cigar in Episode 241 on Sunday, October 3, 2010. The remainder of my small batch of cigars has been resting in my humidor for 1 year, 5 months and I pulled out my last two samples for this review.