"Terrific Stick - Buy!"
Review: Gurkha Grand Reserve Torpedo
Many thanks to my buddy Lewis for gifting me this terrific stick!
Buy. Period. A unique stick with high 90s throughout, flavored but with none of the bad connotations that word brings up for many of we ?purists?. A terrific stick?
Subtle Cognac throughout, as expected, never overpowering. Slight spiciness came on in the second third but stayed in the background. Only the slightest white pepper came on at the very end of the smoke. This cigar has a most appealing, light aroma that is smooth even when inhaled into the nose. Probably even most cigar-smoke haters would like this lovely scent.
This expensive stick is worth all 1,400 pennies! If I had the money, I would always have a box of these on hand!
Just plain enjoyable! It comes on softly at first, but within a few minutes you know you have a winner in your fingers! This tasting reminded me how important the cut is to the experience; I undercut it first and was being disappointed with the cigar. However, when I cut off another 1/16 inch it exploded with heavier smoke and fuller flavors! Paired with White Mink Canadian whiskey, with a very slightly sweet taste ? it was a good drink with this stick to my taste. It?s said that this Gurkha Grand Reserve was the celebration cigar for Navy Seal Team 6 after they nailed Osama bin Laden.
Prelight %26 First Draw
Nose: Sweet, pronounced apple smell
Pre-light draw: Slight resistance on the draw, same tastes as nosing revealed
First Third: Start 10:45. Cognac taste but not overpowering as some have reported, nice smoke ? on light side, inhaling smoke through nose is very mild; unlike most sticks. Superb burn line, easy smoke to smell ? not rough or harsh. Excellent burn line, tight light gray ash. Toward end of 1/3, very smooth.
Second Third: Much the same as the first third, though the cognac has dropped back some. Still a pleasant draw and lots of light smoke, flavorful. Ash still on at 1.5 ?. I dropped the ash just after that and clipped off a bit more ? where I should have done it to start ? and both the draw and smoke improved perfectly. This cigar is really, REALLY nice at this point ? love it! Did a minor touchup just into second third? and then another. With new cut, smoke is more creamy %26 copious. This stick is seriously delightful; I?d give it a low 90 at this point for sure! Again, terrific 2? ash, medium gray now with some black. Great Construction.
Last Third: Again, there seems to be little change in either the flavor or strength, though the barest tone of white pepper is there. If you?re looking for a gar to do with someone who hates cigar smoke, this is the stick to do it with? just a great light, non-harsh aroma ? terrific! Just put it on the Carlito?s Stogie Nubber? I?m hating that this will have to end! Gonna put these puppies on my wish list for sure (I HATE you Lewis!!!). OK, I?m moving this up to a 94? at least as good as the best stick I?ve smoked even though I usually like a more full-body stick! Ended at nigh noon, one hour %26 45-minutes of great puffing!
Cigar: Beautiful, tight seams, light brown ? encased in individual glass tubos, copper-colored wax seals the tube? gorgeous
Band: More understated %26 simple that most Gurkha bands; OK, but not too exciting. Still, better than most bands with its red/orange, gold %26 black.
Just a gorgeous stick, only slightly darker than a full-on Connecticut shade-grown. Extremely tight seams, firm with no sponginess, yet has a terrific draw. The ash hung on to about 2 inches before diving and it was only slightly gray, not flaky at all.
Origin ? Dominican Republic
Format ? Torpedo
Size ? 6.5 x 53
Wrapper ? Vintage, five-year-aged U.S. Connecticut-grown wrappers flavored with genuine Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac
Filler ? Dominican
Binder ? Dominican
Strength ? Mild
Price ? $14.00 online ($11.20/per in five-pack)
Jack in Dallas February 19, 2013