Gurkha Regent Toro
Gurkha Regent Toro cigars are blended to satisfy the most discriminating cigar epicurean. Aged five full years, Gurkha Regent Toro cigars are made in limited edition, making them some of the rarest Gurkha cigars to find. Rated '90' by Cigar Aficionado, the box-pressed blend is composed of Dominican Piloto & Cuban Ligero, an Indonesian binder and an exquisite, Nicaraguan Havana 2000 wrapper. The smoke is medium-bodied with a creamy-smooth, complex mix of sweet 'n spicy delights with a fabulous, toasty aroma.
The stogies in the 15-pack bundle are different than those that come with the Gurkha 6 Pack #1 3x2 . The bundle sticks have a dark brown wrapper as opposed to light brown, are loosely packed and taste earthy and one-dimensional. I was terribly disappointed and returned the remaining 14 sticks to Famous for a credit.
Two months later, I see this great deal on a bundle of 15 and decide to light up my last Regent. The construction is excellent, and the ash holds great, but the flavor profile turned out to be a little of a let down. The first third was bland and slightly bitter. The second third turned into something akin to a Plesancia Reserva Organica, and then the vanilla creaminess which I now attribute to the cognac infusion I was looking for finally emerged, as well as white pepper on the retrohale. Unfortunately the sweet spot didn t last very long and the last third was similar to the Elegancia, showing mostly cigarette-like tobacco flavors that are a bit harsh on the retrohale. By the end, this stick still left a pleasing almond-like taste in my mouth, while the nicotine felt like a medium+ on an empty stomach. I wonder if these are best consumed fresh.
I didn t get much out of this at first, having tried it after a full cigar that had dark chocolate and coffee notes. Upon revisiting the next day, I am very impressed with how smooth and light this is, yet with medium flavor reminiscent of good ol Cuban tobacco that leaves a sweet aftertaste with hints of almond. The cigar wasn t too tightly packed, so I am surprised by how tight the draw came through a bullet punch , but it s no biggie. Wonderful white ash, which held better at the beginning than toward the end, but the creamy smoke was cool throughout, with pleasing nutty almond aromas on the retrohale. My only complaints would be that the Habano wrapper is too fragile, almost like a Connecticut, while the burn could be more consistent, especially toward the middle where it goes off easily. Great mild Cuban tobacco flavors overall, which are certain to make this a crowd pleaser.