Friday, January 29, 2010

Cigar Review: Gurkha Micro-Batch TPB1

I was very impressed with this Gurkha cigar. It was a bit small, as the picture indicates it is long but very thin. I think I would have preferred a thick fuller smoke. O' well still really impressive!

The construction was really good with a nice smooth Habano wrapper. It had very few imperfections and the wrapper had that nice oily look and feel typical of Habano wrappers. I botched another cut but I know it is my fault, not the cutter. The draw was light and fast but it still gave you enough time to thoroughly enjoy it because of that length. The actual cigar itself smelled dully of earth and sweet nuances. Upon burning it really started to kick in. The burn was average with some spots burning faster than others, once again probably my fault. Now to the taste! Ligero leaves have really started to grow on me and I loved the balance in this cigar. Its binders were Ecuadorian leaves with viso and ligeros leaves as fillers. It gave off a very easy to smoke, balanced, and complex taste of earthy and musty sugarcane. It picked up in intensity upon the first third and actually mellowed out after the half. Then ending picked back up as the cigar started to heat up. Overall I was very impressed and wish I smoked more Gurkhas. I will definetly be buying more of these to a see if it can rival my favorite brand Graycliff! I give this fine cigar a 9 out of 10!
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  1. I'm a big fan of Ghurkas, but never had the pleasure of the micro batch TPB1.

  2. Thanks for the review. For the most part I have to agree with you. But I've had 2 so far, and they both have had burn issues close to your description. Your spot on in the flavor department, for a ligero based cigar the size is intestingly both quality and novetly at the same time. Since you're into ligero, I reccomend trying Cu-Avana Intesno or Joya de Nicaragua Antaño if you haven't tried them yet?

  3. I have tried the Joya and like it alot. The earthy-ness of the Joyas are really a nice treat!