Good Morning Everyone!!
This mornings review is a Thompson Exclusive by Gurkha. Its the European Selection; Connecticut.
Size: Churchill 7" x 52
Price: Just over $2 a stick
Upon Initial Punching I realized that the wrapper and Binder was very very thick. Thicker than I am used to seeing at least.
Upon first light I noticed a strong leathery taste and it was very very smooth. I am normally a maduro smoker so I am used to more of spicy start, so this is a nice change for my morning.
The draw on this stick is awesome. I think that it is partly due to the thickness of the wrapper and binder. Though first ash ended up on the ground unintentionally it was ok.
Through the 1 / 3 of this stick the burn has been very consistent and the flavor is still very leathery. I am waiting for a possible twist in flavor, but I don't think its going to happen.
I just realized half way through the 2/3 of this cigar that Gurkha double banded this stick. I wonder what the story behind this is..
Now entering the final 3/3 the flavors haven't changed one bit but the burn has been smooth and consistent all the way through. On another note too, I am smoking this on an empty stomach, well except for coffee, and I havent gotten a nicotine buzz at all!
Coming in the the finish of the cigar I ended up pulling the top band off still experienced no change in flavor, but the burn has been nice and smooth with a light draw.
All in all, I liked this cigar, it was a great start to my Sunday morning. I would certainly add this to my recommended cigars especially for someone who is newer to smoking for its mild flavor, smooth and consistent burn. It was a very pleasant hour of my morning.
On a scale of 1 - 10, 1 being trash and 10 being a cigar that I would go out of my way to get, I would give this an 8.
I hope that you get the chance to try it out!