Friday, January 2, 2009

Gurkha Black Dragon (robusto)

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This review is sponsored by Fumee e-Store.

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The Gurkha Black Dragon was introduced in 2006 when the economy wasn't in shambles like it is now. A special edition of five chests of one hundred cigars, each priced at $115,000. (What have they been smoking?) In 2007, they introduced a more affordable version which came in three sizes: a Robusto (4 and 1/2 by 52), Presidente (8 and 1/2 by 52), and Grand Especial (7 by 56). Prices range around $7.50 to $12.50 a stick.

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The Gurkha Black Dragon is hand rolled with a five year aged dark Cameroon wrapper, a Dominican binder, and long filler tobacco from Nicaragua and Peru. My sample cigar was tightly rolled, with a few medium sized veins, and visible tooth along the surface. The robusto felt firmly packed and coarse to the touch. Gurkha's "dressing up" of this cigar went a tad overboard for a just over four inch long cigar. It reminds me a scene I saw in the movie "The Dutchess" where the Duke (played by Ralph Fiennes) was trying to undress his new wife(played by Keira Knightley) who was wearing layers of clothes and a laced up corsett... While undressing this cigar's three layers of ribbon, cedar sleeve and gigantic band, I kept mumbling to myself, "This better be worth it".

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The cigar had a strong cedary/leathery aroma, and when lit, gave off a nice aged tobacco room note that I would imagine most cigar lover's would appreciate. The initial flavors were tart but not bitter. Cedar, roasted nuts and dark coffee notes were detected with very little sweetness. The second third developed a little bit of sweetness to go along with the toasty cedar and leather flavor, while the last third showed some saltiness which got the juices flowing in my mouth.

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The ash on this cigar was a nice bright white color. It was tightly compact and held on well until I was ready to tap it off. The burn line was slightly wavy to down right un-even in the last third. The draw on my sample robusto was just perfect, free and clear with some slight resistance.

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Overall, I enjoyed the Gurkha Black Dragon robusto. It is rich in cedary flavor without a lot of peppery spice. It will definitely grab your attention and the short size is perfect for a quick flavorful smoke. Check out Fumee's website for availability of this cigar. (I think it's cool that Fumee is owned by a woman.)

1 comment:

Sherry said...

I enjoyed your review! I received the Gurkha Black Dragon as a gift and it was really enjoyable! ; )