Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

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gurkhagurkha viper robusto
viajeviaje satori nirvana

gurkvippic1It's the middle of the week, and we are going to try to get you over the hump today with two new cigar reviews. The Gurkha Viper and Viaje Satori are the cigars which we will focus on, and both exhibit some appealing qualities that should attract more experienced smokers.

Gurkha Viper

The Gurkha brand of cigars is usually associated with high prices and very intricate, and sometimes over the top, packaging. Gurkha's packaging and marketing efforts are definitely part of the reason why its cigars have high price tags. As a departure from the norm, Kaizad Hansotia created the Viper. This somewhat new release was introduced during the 2010 IPCPR show in New Orleans. Simple packaging and an affordable price tag characterize the Viper, making it one Gurkha that should appeal to a wider audience.

For today's review, we will be smoking a Gurkha Viper Robusto, which measures 5 x 50. The cigar also comes in the following sizes: 6 x 46 Grand Corona, 6 x 56 Grand Rothschild, 6 x 60 XO, 7 x 42 Fang, and 7 1/2 x 50 Churchill. The Viper's filler is composed of bold Nicaraguan tobaccos. It's binder and wrapper are both Dominican. Also worth noting is the fact that the Viper is the first box-pressed release from Gurkha since the introduction of the Regent line. The cigar's strength is listed as medium to full-bodied.

If you have smoked Gurkhas before, you might be confused when looking at the Viper. You may wonder if it's really a Gurkha, since the packaging and band are so standard in appearance. In fact, the Viper looks like a bundled cigar. Then again, that was the whole point of the release-minimize the decoration to minimize the price. The red and white band is small and displays the Viper moniker. Again, this is one cigar that won't win any awards in the presentation department, if that even matters to you. The wrapper is medium-brown in color and has a somewhat oily sheen. There are a few veins that are visible. Other than that, there are no major imperfections. The box-pressed shape is impressive as well. The cigar feels firm to the touch with no soft spots. Prior to lighting, there's a spicy aroma and a mild, sweet cold taste.

Once in action, the Gurkha Viper burns about as well as one could expect. The burn stays even from start to finish without the need for any touch-ups. The cigar also stays lit on its own. The draw is good and there's a nice volume of smoke produced. Solid white ash rounds out the satisfactory burn characteristics of the Viper.


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