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Monday, 21 January 2013

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altThe theme of today’s cigar reviews on Puff.com is smooth.  We will take a closer look at two smooth cigars, starting with the Gurkha 125th Anniversary Edition Robusto and ending with the Jameson Red Label Toro.

Gurkha 125th Anniversary Edition Robusto

The Gurkha 125th Anniversary Edition started to ship stores around the United States last November, but it was first unveiled at the 2012 IPCPR show in August.  The cigar was made to commemorate Gurkha’s 125 years in the tobacco industry since 1887.  Back then, colonial soldiers smoked cigars called Gurkhas that were made from local tobacco, hence the brand’s name.  The 125th Anniversary received high ratings, and, according to the official press release, also won the Golden Label Award for its decorative band’s design and innovation.  To see if the 125th Anniversary lives up to the hype, I decided to give one of its Robusto offerings a try.

The Gurkha 125th Anniversary Robusto measures 5 x 52.  There are three other sizes that are offered in the line, including the 6 x 54 Rothchild, 6 1/2 x 54 Torpedo, and the 6 x 60 XO.  The cigar’s filler is a blend of Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan tobaccos.  The binder is Ecuadorian Habano, while the wrapper is Cubra Habano.  The 125th Anniversary is made at the Tabacos de Leoncio factory in the Dominican Republic.  In terms of strength, the cigar is said to be medium-bodied.

I mentioned earlier that Gurkha won the Golden Label Award for the 125th Anniversary’s decorative band, and looking at the cigar, I can see why.  Of course, Gurkha usually makes large, attractive bands, so this is no surprise.  The band features the Gurkha label and logo surrounded by a ton of intricate graphics that really catch the eye.  The cigar itself has a medium-brown wrapper that features some oil.  A few medium-sized veins are present, but I detect no major imperfections.  The cigar feels smooth to the touch and has a little give when squeezed.  The pre-light flavor is sweet, while the aroma is of mild spice.

The 125th Anniversary Robusto certainly passed the initial appearance inspection, and it continues to impress with its burn.  The cigar lights with ease and has a perfect draw.  Thick smoke emanates from the Robusto and the burn stays even from beginning to end without the need for any touch-ups from my lighter.  The gray ash is solid, and smoking time is about 90 minutes total.

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