Cigar: Gurkha Red Witch
Filler: Ecuadorian Jalapa
Storage: 1 months 65%rh
This cigar had a moderate construction. Nothing too special but no flaws either.
It has a nice box pressed shape. The Red Witch gives off a slightly sweet pre-light aroma.
The draw is nice and easy, I did a punch cut. It has a haylike taste to it.
The inital flavor to hit my pallet was pepper and it had plenty of smoke. It had a slight coffee aftertaste.
The pepper is present for a for a while before transitioning into a stronger coffee flavor that intensifies as it progresses.
A very spicy after taste also developed.
The second third starts by backing off any lingering pepper from the pallet and replaces it with a pleasant nutty flavor similar to a mild pecan. When this happens I found it to have a nice woodsy aftertaste. These flavor are complimented towards the end of this third with an earthy finish.
The final third is like an after dinner drink. Not that it tasted like a mint but it was a nice creamy finish.
The nutty flavor remains prevalent but little to no hints of pepper or spice.
Wow, I had have to say given the description of the cigar I was not expecting much from it but I was gladly mistaken. There were plenty of smooth transitions with no bitter or harsh tastes. It burned nicely, no issues at all. Of the 3 East Indies Cigars, the Wicked Indie, the Rogue, and the Red Witch, this is hands down my favor followed by the Wicked Indie. Give it a try it is worth every penny.
Appearance: 9/15 Nothing to write home about, but nothing to dock it for either
Flavor: 20/25 Plenty of flavors and smooth transitions
Smoking characteristics: 25/25 Nice Medium/Full body smoke and no burning issues.
Overall impression and value: 30/35 Sure there are better sticks out there but for the price I think everyone should give it a chance.
Total: 84/100 Great budget stick that I look forward to having again.