Gurkhas are certainly a polarizing topic around here...well, I finally tried one.
Wrapper: Costa Rica
Filler: Colombia, DR, Honduras
Pre-light: I typically smoke robustos, so this is a fairly large-looking cigar to me. It has a pretty walnut brown wrapper with small veins and a couple of lighter spots. Faint maduro-like aroma, with a pre-light draw that reminded me of honey/molasses and dark fruit.
Construction: Sigh. I fought an uneven burn the whole damn time. I would get it even, then watch as it canoed for half an inch before I would fix it. Slowing down didn't change anything, speeding up didn't change anything. Lots of smoke, though.
Tasting notes: Mostly reminded me of medium-strength coffee with cream that got progressively darker in body. I picked up faint hints of dried cherries a couple of times, but honestly I was so frustrated with the burn that I didn't pick up much else. Very little change in flavor profile for the duration of the smoke. I tossed it with about two inches to go.
I think this cigar would be a decent smoke for the money if it had an even burn. It certainly looks nice, and the pre-light and first few draws were very promising. From what I've read, Gurkhas suffer from consistency issues, and I guess that's what I'm dealing with here. I'll give it another shot in the future.