Cigar Review: Gurkha Havana Blend

Basic Information:

Name – Gurkha Havana Blend

Manufacturer – Gurkha Cigars

Size – Toro Box Press

Wrapper – San Andreas

Tobacco Blend – Nicaragua

Pricing – $3.50

Body – Medium


This Gurkha Havana Blend is a nice matte dark chocolate in color and sand paper to the touch. A nice shine beams off the wrapper as well. There are a few visible veins and invisible seams. 


Aroma – Smoked Wood

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Smoked Wood

After Toast:

First Third – This starts off with a salty nuts and spice like note followed by some smoky mesquite and cedar on the finish. A real nasty oil like note comes through right before the transition. Really turned off my palate at this point.  The burn starts off really wavy and the ash falls at the inch and half mark. 

Second Third – The nuts and spice mix with earth and a cedar like finish are all this third has to offer. No real transition and the intermittent nasty oil notes continue here. The burn sharpens up. 

Final Third – The spice amps up to the dominant note in the profile pushing the nutty notes to the back and earthy notes to the finish. No nasty notes in this third. The burn remains sharp. 

Suggested Pairing:

Bourbon – Bulliet 

Wine – Meiomi Pinot Noir

Overall Experience:

This Gurkha Havana Blend had some good things going for it until that nasty random oil note came to fruition that ruined the entire experience. Too bad this came out right in the first third, then intermittently in the 2nd. I can say I would not smoke this again even if it was given to me for free.

About Gurkha Cigars –

Gurkha Havana Blend