Cigar Review- Gurkha Ghost

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Dominican Criollo ‘98
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Size: 6 x 54 “Asura”- Toro
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $7.00
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The holographic cigar band mesmerizes me as I hold it up to the light. Gurkha, back 5-7 years ago was known for huge, oversized dazzling cigar bands. They could not have been cheap to produce. And then they got with the program and normalized the entire line.

From Gurkha’s web site:
“The Gurkha Ghost is a sleek and alluring cigar that should make an appearance in anyone’s humidor. The Ghost blend showcases a dark Brazilian, Arapiraca Maduro wrapper, complemented by an aged Criollo ‘98 binder and carefully selected Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. Ghost is a rich, medium bodied cigar with a multi-layered flavor profile providing sweet and earthy undertones tones with lingering flavors of cocoa and cinnamon. Rated 93 by Cigar Aficionado.”

MSRP Price ranges from $7.00-$9.00

The Ghost has been around for a year as it debuted at the 2012 trade show and I am just now getting around to it.
Here are the sizes:
Shadow: 5 x 52
Angel: 6 x 52
Asura: 6 x 54
Exorcist: 6 x 60

There is a lot of background on this cigar and the line but I decided to pass on providing it to you. I don’t find it interesting and I don’t want you to snooze off in the middle of it. So you can go to any of the big reviewers, if you like, and get the whole back story of this cigar.
The good news is that this stick is made at Abe Flores’ PDR Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic.

I swear I see a triple cap. But the construction is so good, I could be wrong. I want to thank Jason Harding at BestCigarPrices.com for the sample. As the cheap bastardo only sent me one, I had no opportunity to try one before reviewing it. So here goes.
(Just kidding about Jason being cheap. He is one of the biggest hearted guys I know.)

The cigar is close to being the color of charcoal. There are lots of veins, big and small; but hard to detect due to wrapper color. The stick is very solid with the perfect amount of give. The oils just shimmer in the light and it feels very toothy.

I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, spice, leather, and wood. Very subtle notes.
Time to light up.

The first puffs are full of red pepper. A big Garcia type blast of spice. Smoke pours from the foot forcing me to remove the cigar from my mouth as it blinds me. There is a nice sweetness present. The flavors continue to join the party and it surprises me as these are normally Nicaraguan puro flavors, not DR flavors. But I am very early in the cigar.

A delicious creaminess appears along with a nice coffee element. Sort of like a Starbucks drink.
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An inch in, the burn line goes bad on me. I am forced to touch it up. The sweetness moves to the front of the line. There is a little fruitiness but it eludes me this early in the cigar. The creaminess is in the forefront as well. The flavor profile becomes very syrupy at this point as the cocoa, coffee, sweetness just ooze a caramelized component.

It reminds of when I worked at Knott’s Berry Farm not from Disneyland back in high school. Back then, they made all their own candies and preserves. And for a few days in the summer time, the whole park smelled of cooking candy. They were famous for their caramel chews and this taste brings back a memory. Of course, a few hours of treacle like sweetness is cool, but 8-10 hours, 3-4 days a week sent many an employee home sick.

This is a really big stick for me. The flavor components are compartmentalized and not as bold as a robusto would be. But this was a gift, so shut the hell up, Kohn.
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As I enter the second third, the spice diminishes. The sweetness moves back and allows the coffee and cocoa to dominate the flavors. The creaminess has moved backwards, as well.

Like all Gurkhas, they need months of humidor time. When are they going to join the 21st Century and start blending like the tattooed ones? The New Breed of blenders.

It seems the biggest explosion of flavor was in the first third. Everything is subtle now. The draw continues to be fantastic and I cannot get a decent photo of it.

I don’t think this is a triple cap as it turns into a mess.

At the halfway point, the pepper has resurgence, which is fine with me. Now we have a little oomph. The cigar body is classic medium.
The sweet caramel makes a nice comeback. The coffee turns into espresso. The cocoa is not very strong any longer. And that fruitiness is black cherry. Some nuttiness appears. And the cigar attains a nice rich earthiness. There is a long finish and the cigar uses its few flavors to become chewy.
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I’ve been puffing really hard to get some cool smoke/cigar photos; and that has been a total failure. I have to buy a good camera. And even with all that strong puffing, the cigar remains very cool…with no signs of harshness.

This might be a $7 cigar now. I had really crossed my fingers that this might be a new breed type of blend instead of the usual Gurkha process. My bad.

I begin the last third without seeing any change to the cigar’s flavors. The profile is very smooth and rich. But not explosive, or bold. I can think of a lot of $7 cigars I would rather have. If you have the patience for marinating this stick, you might prove me wrong.
The last couple inches change everything. The limited amount of flavors become emboldened. The strength swings for the fences and the nicotine begins to kick my ass as I start making a lot of typos.
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This isn’t a bad cigar. It just doesn’t make me happy. No surprises. The sweetness is pumping hard now and that caramel like flavor is way up front. The pepper has receded once more. The body moves to medium/full. But no nicotine buzz yet.

Clearly, this is a popular cigar. I check around several online stores and most of their stock is back ordered.
I should note that since that first problem with the char line, the burn line has been close to perfect this entire time.
I am conflicted about recommending this cigar. There is nothing really special about it. But that is one man’s opinion. I can recommend buying a 5 pack and see for yourself.
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  1. Now that band would make an excellent t-shirt-espeially if they could make the shirt holographi.