Had this one taking up limited real estate in the humidor for too long. I don't smoke many Gurkha cigars. I purchased this one to see if it lived up to the hype of the scary warning "Not to be sold to amateurs".
Appearance-Very smooth, slightly oily but not shiny, very few small veins
Construction-Well filled with no soft spots
Aroma/Pre-light draw-typical stinky Gurkha with a maduro sweetness. The draw was just the right amount of resistance for me with strong taste of pepper and earth.
First third-Very quick light after my usual toasting ritual. The draw produced lots of smoke with rich notes of cedar and earth and a hint of black pepper from the start. Finish was full and left a light taste of coffee. Burn was slightly one sided.
Second third-The cedar taste intensified with a bit of coffee that would come and go. Finish left a strong black pepper feeling on the back of my palette that I really look forward to in ligero blends. Burn never corrected itself but did not pose a problem yet.
Final third-The pleasant cedar sweetness has become secondary to leather and earth notes. The pepper has become pretty dominant as well, but not strong enough too keep from snorking every other draw. I really enjoy modulation so this is very important to my enjoyment. Burn has evened out although previous issues prevented me from keeping a good ash going.
I put this one down with about 2 inches left. I was very sastified with the quality and flavor from this Gurkha. Much better than I had anticipated after the disappointment I have expererienced with the other blends I tried. I would definitely recommend it to Gurkha fans who have yet to try either of the Avenger varieties. In the future if I was craving a full bodied ligero, I would definitely buy an Oliva V for about the same price. Thanks for reading