I was out of my mind suffering from my third case of the flu in 7 weeks. And I read in either a Cigar.com, or CI catalog, about this new Gurkha cigar called the Trident.
So I bid on a few singles on Cbid. While the retail online price is $3.50 for the robusto, I got a 5 pack for $9. If I didn’t like them, I figured I’d use them as tampons for our beloved dog, Chester.
We all know that there is a mortal contest between Hansotia and Patel to crank out the biggest bunch of crap cigars known to man. And here was one more; although, this will be the first time I’ve smoked any house cigar from these greed merchants in a long time.
If you want a heads up on a fine, fine house cigar; then go no further than Atlantic Cigars. They have My Father Overruns. In the last year, I’ve bought half a dozen bundles of 20. These are the real thing and average around $2.75 per cigar. If you do your homework, you can figure out, using the leaf stats, what mystery cigar is what. The Habano Oscuro, for example, is the Le Bijou 1922. I have a bundle marinating in my humidor right now. Only takes 2-3 weeks and they are ready to go. Best friggin’ house cigar deal. Period. Note: They have 8 different blends and sizes. And they do tend to come and go as they become available to Atlantic. Back to the review at hand….
Only the CI conglomerate companies are selling these little buggers. And they are already in trouble over the use of the blend name: Trident. La Sirena wants it back.
I looked and not a single review of this cigar anywhere on the, as W. called it: the internets.
So I will be the first, and probably last, to do so.
It is a very nice looking cigar. It is packed solid. Seams are beautiful. A few veins. The wrapper is a gorgeous reddish, dark brown. It is oily and feels toothy. The single cap is very well done.
Getting the correct leaf stats was a dumb ass chore as not even the CI bone heads cannot agree on what the ingredients are.
I clip the cap and smell a generous amount of spice, luscious, rich cocoa, coffee beans, ginger, cinnamon, sweet cedar, and toast.
Time to light up.
A lovely set of flavors pop up immediately: banana, cocoa, coffee, sweet tobacco, and fruit. The draw is spot on and the char line is clean as a whistle.
There is an unusual flavor. Too early to tell. Banana is the first for me. Add some creaminess down the line along with cherries and we have the first banana split cigar.
This stick is quite different and methinks it is one of Gurkha’s forays into the world of the New Breed Tattooed Ones territory. I’ve only had this cigar for a week and I thought I would gamble. The cigar has plenty of potential and isn’t just hay and barnyard like most Gurkhas a week in.
The body is a tad bit light of medium bodied. And I bet it is going to shoot for the stars and flavor bomb status by the second third.
That inexplicable flavor early on is banana cake. It is the baking spices I taste but did not recognize early on. I can taste vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and ginger.
The cap is disheveled and constructed poorly as loose tobacco takes a grip. I use a Cuenca back stop cutter and it always gives me a perfect cut. It seems this time, the cut is allowing the wrapper to unravel a bit forcing me to grab my trusty Kingpin cigar glue. It is fixed and we move on.
Cuenca Cigars has them for $20.
I come to the end of the first third and the cocoa moves to the front of the line with a sweetness and that banana right behind. I’m sipping water so there is nothing to distract my palate from tasting what it should.
I am surprised, being that this is mostly a Nicaraguan baby, that there is zero spice. Not even a hint of it.
Flavors become more exuberant in the beginning of the second third. The coffee flavor becomes stronger. My little banana cake is still there and comes in at third place in the flavor standings.
The ash is doing a nice job of hanging tough. So with all my pissing and moaning, apparently, the cigar is built well.
A little bit into the second third, the spiciness arrives in the form of black pepper. I know guys who like to use white pepper as an example; but I gotta’ be honest. I have never bought white pepper and have no idea what it tastes like. I keep telling myself I need to buy some but then that thought just vanishes in a wisp of old man memory broken synapses.
The cigar becomes a bona fide flavor bomb at the halfway point. Creaminess overtakes everything putting the flavors in this descending order: creaminess, cocoa, coffee, banana cake, sweet cedar, spice, and leather. Not bad for a $3 stick…even cheaper on Cbid. But as word spreads that this is a decent cigar, $9 five packs will soon disappear.
The banana cake, creaminess and cocoa really make this cigar something special. I have four more from my winnings and I intend to allow them to rest a couple of months and then report back to this review with an addendum.
The last third begins with no changes. As flavorful as this cigar is, it is not even close to being complex. It is a simple cigar. But again, I didn’t give it its due in humidor marinating time. And the strength has moved to a strong medium.
The cap is almost disintegrated now. Binder is exposed, on one side, down to the top of the cigar band. And what better time to discuss the cigar band. It is not the overdone, bill board sized Gurkha band. It is about half that normal size and has some nice scroll work and the background colors of red and black are done nicely. The trident is prominently displayed as is the word, “Gurkha.”
The cap is a royal mess. All of its disintegration is happening on the back of the cigar so it is not so noticeable in my photos. I hope it is a fluke as so far, construction has been sterling. The char line has been close to flawless the entire time.
Again, the last third is showing off. Flavors appear in the order notated above but are bold and bright. The finish is long and it has a nice balance. The cigar ends with a strength just shy of medium/full. No nicotine buzz. A good Wally Guse cigar.
I think that, while the getting is good, I will bid on a couple more five packs at Cbid. I believe this cigar has some nice potential by leaving it alone in my humidor for a couple of months. But even now, the cigar is delicious. I will wait, dear reader, another week and try another stick just to see how the cap reacts. And I will report back.