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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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gurkheleg1 A pair of medium-bodied smokes is at the center of today’s reviews. We will begin with the super smooth Gurkha Elegance, and wrap things up with the flavorful Carlos Toraño Loyal Robusto.

 

Gurkha Elegance

 

Whether you are a fan of the Gurkha brand or not, you have to at least give it credit for masterful marketing. The company combines edgy names, themes, packaging, and artwork to at least make you think you are smoking the best the cigar world has to offer. Of course, with all those additions comes a premium placed on the price tag, but some don’t seem to mind. The Gurkha Elegance carries a moniker that seems to match its brand to a T, at least in terms of style. This limited stick is said to be smooth, and, as expected, it’s far from cheap.


The Gurkha Elegance comes in a Churchill format that measures 7 x 50 and is the only offering in the line. The cigar’s interior layers consist of a Dominican filler and a Connecticut binder. Topping it off is a Connecticut wrapper that has been aged for seven years. With a name like Elegance you would not expect a strong cigar, and that is the case here, as the strength is listed as being medium-bodied.


As I mentioned before, Gurkha is a master when it comes to presentation, and the Elegance continues that tradition. Two decorative bands near the head are big enough to be seen from a distance and really spruce up the cigar’s already attractive appearance. The top band showcases the Gurkha name and logo in bronze. The black and gold band right beneath it displays the Elegance name in a classy font. The cigar’s wrapper could certainly be deemed “elegant” thanks to its beautiful golden color. The construction appears to be impeccable with no major flaws. Only a few miniscule veins are visible. Touching the cigar reveals a little bit of give, but no true soft spots are detected. Wrapping up the pre-light inspection is a sweet cold taste and an aroma of mild spice.


The Gurkha Elegance lights with no trouble at all and offers a superb burn. No touch-ups or re-lights are needed, and I would expect as much considering the price I paid. The draw is neither stiff nor easy. A nice volume of smoke is produced throughout the slow burn. No complaints exist with regards to the near-perfect white ash.

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