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Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

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gurkbeautypic Welcome to another edition of cigar reviews on Puff.com. Today we have two cigars that sit on opposite ends of the pricing spectrum. We will review the costly Gurkha Beauty first, and it will be followed by the more affordable Romeo y Julieta Bully.

Gurkha Beauty

Gurkha's Beauty line is a milder companion to its full-bodied Beast, giving the brand its own “Beauty and the Beast” in its lineup. That's some pretty clever marketing if you ask me. While the Beast was created for fans seeking as stronger cigar, the Beauty was made for those in search of the opposite. Smooth is the name of the game here, not strength. Since I'm not looking to get overpowered today, the Beauty seems to be just what the doctor ordered. Now, that's enough of the small talk. It's time to give this Beauty a try.

The Gurkha Beauty is a large cigar that measures 6 ½ x 58. Staying with the whole Beauty and the Beast theme, those measurements are identical to the Gurkha Beast. The tobaccos used to make the Beauty were aged in Honduras for five years to ensure that a smooth cigar would be produced. The filler is made from Nicaraguan tobacco, while the binder is Dominican. The real highlight of the cigar, however, is its special seven year old Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper. As stated in the introduction, the Beauty is a cigar meant to soothe, and it is said to be medium-bodied in strength.

It's definitely safe to say that the Beauty lives up to its name in terms of appearance. The cigar's presentation is tough to beat. Of course, Gurkha is known for flashiness and stylish packaging, so this comes at no surprise. The cigar comes in an elegant glass tube and a cedar sheath. There are two decorative bands as well. The band near the head is large and shows the Gurkha name and logo. Its use of plenty of gold is eye-catching. The smaller band over the cedar sheath is black and has the Beauty moniker stamped on it in some fancy font. The cigar itself is a looker and has a nice light-brown wrapper. There is a bit of oil and a few veins. The Beauty appears to be constructed well, as it has zero soft spots and is firm to the touch. Before lighting, the cigar has a cold taste and aroma of tobacco.

While the Gurkha Beauty looks great, its burn is even better. There are absolutely zero negative issues with the burn at all. That's right, there's no re-lights or touch-ups to perform. The draw is excellent. Solid light-gray ash hangs on. The cigar burns slowly and produces a ton of smoke. If there is a better burning cigar, I want to see it.

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