Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 22 February 2010

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Upon arrival to the United States in 1995, sales of the Gurkha brand were stagnant. Like all good businessmen, though, Hansotia adapted and decided to spruce up the brand in terms of its packaging. Hansotia created elaborate and ornate packaging for his cigars and created new exotic blends so that his brand would appeal to more of a sophisticated audience. This change in strategy worked like a charm and Gurkha is now known as one of the more premium brands of cigars available to the public. Gurkha has become so premium, in fact, that it boasts a couple of the industry’s most expensive sticks in the form of the $750 His Majesty Reserve and the $1,150 Black Dragon. It’s been rumored that even if you have the cash to buy these hidden treasures, you must be approved by Hansotia himself first to make the purchase. From the ornate bands that adorn its cigars’ bodies to the decorative boxes they come in, Gurkha has done a great job of representing the legendary warriors its brand is named after, and the company has even expanded its roots a bit to produce coffee beans as well as pipe tobacco.

Gurkha has definitely kept busy in its production department, as the brand has several lines under its umbrella. The Grand Reserve line comes in five different sizes and is infused with cognac and has a light finish. The Grand Reserve line is considered to be Gurkha’s flagship cigar. Cognac fans will also enjoy the extremely limited HMR line, which is aged in fine cognac and was previously only available to dignitaries around the world. The Legend line is a limited edition from the brand and is produced at a limited supply of 800 boxes per year. Its highlight is its seven year old Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The Master Select line comes in eleven different sizes and is a cigar intended for full-bodied fans.

The Status Maduro line comes in two sizes and lives up to its name, particularly when you look at its majestic glass tubing that simply screams “status.” Full-bodied fans will want to give the Signature Black 1887 or the Avenger G5 a try, while medium-bodied fans should opt for the Signature Red 1887 line. Another strong offering is the Beast line, and the aptly-named Beauty has more of a milder profile.


0 # Progress, NOT perfection!Tequila George 2010-02-28 11:00
I am happy to hear of this bit ourkhaf history as I have enjoyed Gurka's cigars, but, have always been a little spooked as to the label image and it's origin. It now makes me feel better to light 'em up. ;-)

I know I have certainly provided Kaizad Hansotia his investment back, over and over and over and... :D

I have not had any of the ultra high end sticks that were discussed, here, but, one of my favorites from Gurka is the Beast. The Beast has a bit of a premium cost over other average priced Gurkas, but I'll enjoy that larger stick over an entire little league baseball game, including the travel time. :-)

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0 # Mr.Paul LaBrie 2010-08-31 03:45
I'm smoking my first Gurkha, a gift, as I type. Wow! The first full bodied cigar without overwhelming pepper, very smooth. The only problem is that the band only says "Gurkha" without any other designation. It is red with gold. The soldier is all gold. What Gurkha am I smoking?

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