Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Review and the Gurkha Royal Challenge Review
Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 28 May 2012

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In terms of its looks, the Royal Challenge Robusto is very easy on the eyes. The wrapper has an attractive tan color and has a good amount of oil on the surface. There are a few minor veins, but no major flaws that are noticeable to the naked eye. As is usually the case with Gurkha sticks, this is one cigar that comes nicely decorated. Depending on your taste, you might actually call it overkill. The top band is large and features the Gurkha name and logo with some ornate graphics in gold and black. The band right beneath it is also gold and black and showcases the Royal Challenge moniker. The cigar feels firm from head to toe with zero soft spots. I pick up a grassy aroma before lighting. The cold taste, on the other hand, is earthy.

Once lit, the Gurkha Royal Challenge Robusto burns like a charm. The draw is excellent and there is plenty of smoke that has a pleasant woody aroma. The ash is gray in color and stays firm. The burn stays even from start to finish with no help from my lighter. The cigar requires just one re-light.

So far, the Royal Challenge Robusto seems to be passing the test. What about its flavor though? Although it’s advertised as being complex, I’m not really feeling that notion. The cigar is enjoyable in the flavor department, however. The first third begins with cream and mild tobacco. The creaminess continues for most of the second third, until tasty coffee and nuts come into the mix. The final third is a blend of more mild tobacco, sweetness, and wood. The cigar seems to be medium-bodied in strength, just as advertised.

In the end, I would call the Gurkha Royal Challenge a solid cigar overall. It was not exactly memorable, but I cannot think of any complaints. With a single going for around $5 to $6 each, it’s not a bad option if you want a tasty medium-bodied cigar to enjoy with your cup of coffee in the morning. You can find the Gurkha Royal Challenge Robusto in packs of five or boxes of 20 as well.

The Gurkha Royal Challenge Robusto earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

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