Size: 5″ X 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Origin: Dominican Republic
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Price: $5.25 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
Rarely do I hate on a particular cigar, and I always give them the benefit of the doubt, but after 3 tries of the Gurkha Ghost from 3 different places I can safely say that this review will be one of those rare times. The aroma has this weird, extremely pungent farm smell, an aroma that i have never really smelt before…at least not in such concentration.
Nonetheless, I cut it with my guillotine cutter and lit it with my butane torch. The firs thing I noticed was this weird lack of harshness, because the flavours themselves were very harsh tasting. I guess you can say that is a positive, however the flavours were actually kind of repulsive.
First Third (1/3) – 20 min
The flavours stayed relatively the same as they were on the first light, to my displeasure of course, given that they were not the most sought after of flavours. I was hoping that the flavours would change as it started to heat up, but as I saw it pushing into the second third I quickly gave up that fantasy.
Second Third (2/3) – 25 min
Final Third (3/3) 20 min
The final third unfortunately had the same flavours as the first and second third, however as the smoke began to heat up I got some molasses flavours which helped to mitigate the pungent and harsh tasting farm note that dominated the profile. The only real surprise that this stick presented me with was the fact that I was able to smoke it to the end rather than toss it out….oh the things I do for cigar reviews!
Total Smoke Time: 1h 5min (aka Too Long)
The Gurkha Ghost was all-in-all a disappointing cigar and it is a testament to the Gurkha stereotype that among their massive line of cigars you will always hit or miss! Nonetheless, I want to conclude this review as fast as possible because i already spent too much time on this cigar. That being said, I don’t want to give the cigar a number review because I think that any number might be either too high or too low, thus I will abstain on this occasion.
By: Steven Umbrello – Senior Editor