Cigar Review: Gurkha Special Ops

Basic Information: Gurkha Special Ops

Manufacturer – Gurkha Cigars

Size – Presidente

Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf

Tobacco Blend – Nicaraguan and Dominican

Pricing – $6.00

Body – Medium


The Gurkha Special Ops is a matted chocolate brown in color with a few minimal veins and some slightly lifted seams. 


Aroma – Wet Earth and Damp Leaves

Type of Cut – Straight

Cold Draw – Wet Earth and Cedar

After Toast:

First Third – The Gurkha Special Ops brings earth and subtle spice followed by espresso start this smoke off. Few minutes in a damp wood note comes in with the spice. Also have had this acidic note pop in and out sporadically that’s not so pleasant. The burn is wavy and ash fell at the inch and half mark.

Second Third – The earth, espresso and spice carry into this third with that smoked wood finish. Not much in the change department. The burn remains wavy.

Final Third – Same profile carries into this third with the earth, espresso, spice and woody finish. The burn turns sharp.

Suggested Pairing:

Bourbon – Bulliet 

Wine – Emmolo Merlot

Overall Experience:

The Gurkha Special Ops is a decent smoke experience. The flavor profile when not being interrupted by that sour acidic note is very nice on the palate. The turn off for me was that random acidic zing, which just reminded me of something sour. Would I smoke this again, probably note as there are a lot of better options in this price range.


Cigar Aficionado – (Corona Size) 87pts.

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