Size: 7.50″ X 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Dominican Republic
Machine or Hand-rolled: Hand-rolled
Age: 1 Year
Price: $5.95 USD
Where to Purchase: Atlantic Cigar Co.
Gurkha is an interesting brand that causes a lot of contention online when people either bring them up in conversation or in reviews. Some people say that they are categorically band, some say that have a few favourite lines, but others are dismissible and others stand by them generally. I would fall into the second category where I find that i love a few sticks and the rest are hit or miss. For example, I love the Gurkha Park Ave Maduro and 15 Year Cellar Reserve, it is one of my favourite cigars; but I despise other Gurkha’s like the Ghost, the Grand Reserve and a handful of others.
I think that this Gurkha Evil churchill falls into a grey area. It isn’t one that I would necessary dismiss wholly, nor a cigar that I would crave. Regard;less, lets hit the review before I give my final thoughts.
I purchased this Gurkha in a Gurkha sampler pack from Atlantic Cigar Co. over a year ago and it has been sitting in my humidor since. Please keep that in mind during this review because of course age has a noticeable effect on flavour. The aroma of the cigar was a mellow hay and chocolate. I snipped the cap off with my table cutter and toasted the foot with my Lotus table lighter. The initial notes were bold earthy notes and a slight anise seed on the finish. The draw was perfect, with only the slightest bit of resistance; likewise, the smoke output was very voluptuous.
First Third (1/3) – 30 min
The first third was as expected. It continued from the initial light with bold tastes of earth, and a finish of hay and a light note of dark chocolate. It was thoroughly enjoyable, but it didn’t have an pungent notes that were particularly distinct enough to be distinguishable as original.
Second Third (2/3) – 35 min
The smoke volume was amazing at this point, and the end of the cigar would certainly categorize this stick as a ‘stinker’. The flavours changed slightly; the flavours of earth dissipated into a more mellow and complex profile of coffee, toffee and cedar. I loved this portion of the cigar and it was definitely the most notable portion.
Final Third (3/3) – 30 min
The final third was very different to the first two. The flavours unexpectedly changed drastically to a very mellow and indistinguishable profile. The smoke output was still very good, however there was not individual flavours that could be picked out in the profile. Unfortunately, this was disappointing given how long this third lasted, with little-to-no distinguishing characteristics.
Total Smoke Time: 1 hour 35 min
The Gurkha Evil churchill follows int he shadow of the typical Gurkha inconsistency. Some of their cigars are good, some mediocre and some entirely dismissible. This cigar definitely falls into the middle category. The aroma, smoke output and smoke time were all top notch, however the drastic changes into unoriginal and boring tastes at random times creates a stick that moves from delicious to disappointing like a rollercoaster. Taking all of these factors into account the Gurkha Evil churchill gets on the Leather Library 10-Point Stogie Scale a:
By: Steven Umbrello – Senior Editor