Gurkha Warpig | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Costa Rican, Nicaraguan
Size: 5 x 54 “Robusto”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $5.50 by the 5 Pack; $4.00 by the box of 12
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The Gurkha Warpig is probably produced for the Cigars International conglomerate only. Why? First, I checked the Gurkha web site and the cigar is absent from its list of cigars. And second, the only place I can find it is on the CI companies.

I lost interest in Gurkha several years ago due to the assembly line processing of the blends. Only Rocky Patel can compete with the sheer mass of house blends produced.

On top of that, Gurkha saves its good cigars for the B & M’s. Try a Crest from an online store and then try one from a B & M and you will be shocked at the difference. Unfortunately, the B & M versions are extremely expensive.

I saw the Warpig on Cbid and was intrigued. Something about it reminded me of the type of cigar that the New Breed Tattooed Ones would make. I bid on it. Instead of paying $50 for 12, I paid less than $40. Unless they were dog rockets, it seemed like a win/win.

The cigar is gorgeous with a dark Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. Construction is superb with few veins, packed solid, the perfect amount of give, an impeccable single cap, the wrapper is the color of very dark coffee beans, and there is a very oily sheen with a very toothy feel.

There are two cigar bands. The main band harkens back to traditional Gurkha styling of a giant, aluminum-type shiny billboard. And the foot band is an ominous pair of red colored eyes above an ugly snout and horns. Very striking.

So striking that the bands cover up over 50% of the cigar.

I clip the cap and find aromas of cocoa, mint, coffee, cedar, and cinnamon.

Time to light up.

I immediately get a wave of cocoa and sweet cedar. And then momentarily after that comes the red pepper. Smoke is pouring from the foot like a 5 alarm fire. The draw is perfect even though the cigar is so densely packed. The char line is a bit wavy.

This ain’t your house brand Gurkha. Clearly, marching orders were given to the heads that wanted to build another boring blend; and instead, the blenders gave heed to what is current. I’ve only had the cigars in my humidor for a little over 3 weeks. And the cigar is bursting with flavor.

The spiciness becomes quite potent. The body is immediately medium. Espresso appears and makes a fine combo with the cocoa. There is a slight fire cured flavor in the back ground. It gives the cigar quite a boost.
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The char line becomes razor sharp at the one inch mark.
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As the first third ends, the cocoa really takes off. This has all the characteristics of a Nicaraguan puro. I assume the creaminess will appear by the halfway point.
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This cigar turns into a chocolate bar. That fire cured flavor comes from the blending, and not actually being fire cured or it would have been hailed in the advertising. So kudos to Gurkha for achieving this unique flavor.

The second third begins with the addition of extreme sweetness. The cedar ramps up as well.

This is a cigar I will buy again. The price point is great. The box price is barely over $4 a stick and if you do what I did and get it on Cbid, you can pay as little as a bit over $3.00 each.

The creaminess does appear just shy of the halfway point. It smooths out the entire flavor profile. A leather component arrives. And it is here where the cigar becomes complex. Cocoa, coffee, spice, sweetness, cedar, fire cured flavor, and leather makes this an interesting cigar.

The cigar has a long finish. Lip smacking good. But that sharp char line goes awry and I must correct it.

The red pepper does an Evel Knievel and leaps to the forefront. It is more potent now than anytime earlier. My tongue tingles and lips are becoming numb. Lidocaine, maybe?

And then the creaminess moves into play and almost smothers the spiciness. The cocoa has been the only constant in this cigar. Everything else comes and goes. But in a good way that keeps you interested in taking the next puff.

The last third begins. The body begins to move up. I have been ill and have not eaten a thing in four days. So when this cigar hits full body it will be interesting to see if it slams me to the ground and I begin whimpering for my mommy.
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The wrapper at the cap begins to unravel. I grab my Kingpin cigar glue and fix it. I find Kingpin works the fastest due to its viscous state. It dries very quickly as opposed to the liquid cigar glues. And it’s cheap. You get enough to last a year for about $2. It comes in flavors; which is off putting when you have to pick a flavor, worrying whether it will affect the flavor of your cigar; but it doesn’t. It merely gives off an aroma while applying it. Once it is dry, there is zero flavor hindrance. I use white chocolate. Google it.

I wait three minutes and we are good to go. No flavor from the glue.

The last couple of inches see the flavors explode. It is everything I described, but on steroids.

The last of the cigar is not harsh, bitter, or hot. The body hits almost full in the last inch.

I am conflicted about this cigar. Truly, the flavor profile is superb. But then the construction is lacking coherence. The char line, loose tobacco at the cap, and the wrapper unraveling concerns me. I smoked one cigar before this and had none of these problems. Did I just get a bad stick or are they inconsistent?

I think the flavor profile wins out over the inconsistent construction. Mainly due to the price point. If you’ve stayed away from Gurkha, this is the cigar to reintroduce yourself to the brand. At $4 a stick, you can’t go wrong.
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9 replies

  1. would you please tell me what you mean by B & M
    vs online. I prefer a better cigar
    thanks Mark

    • Hi Mark,
      A B & M is a Brick & Mortar store; in other words, your local cigar store. The biggest difference is cost $$$$
      The B & M has to add the state taxes to each cigar and that tax is different in each state. An online $8 cigar in Wisconsin goes for about $10-$11.
      As far as quality, there is no difference.
      The biggest plus for shopping in a local store is the camaraderie of other smokers. Unfortunately, at least here in Milwaukee, the B & M’s are going belly up like crazy. Money is tight. So it is no longer like before 2009 when smokers had a lot of discretionary money. Now we have budgets and wives who harass us.
      So online is just plain more affordable. Plus online stores will have a much bigger variety of cigars. As well as the new cutting edge stores.
      I stopped going to my local stores because no one is there anymore. I buy a cigar and sit down and I am by myself. Well, hell…I can do that at home and save a few bucks.
      On the other hands, there are B & M’s that are flourishing.
      It’s your call but don’t worry about the freshness of cigars in online vs. B & M.

  2. On your recommendation I tried this cigar. I have never been a Gurkha fan because there cigars are to mild for me. I love med full to full strength cigar’s and the few G’s I had although flavorful didn’t have the muster for me. I also like a little nicotine kick in my cigars, I like getting mellow as I smoke. Yes I do inhale my cigars. I know it’s bad for you but what can I say. Now I picked up 10 sticks and I couldn’t wait to try them so I smoked a few the first week. I was greatly disappointed. Still to mild and and so so in the flavor dept. But after a couple of weeks, Holy Shit, what a nice smoke! The flavors you described where all there and the body had ramped up as well. And the burn was razor sharp! Needless to say the strength was still med at best but this cigar is a great way to start the day. Had one this morning with my coffee and I was a very happy camper. Will definitely be stocking up on these. BTW no construction issues on my end.

    • I was reading your comment with the same trepidation I do with every comment. I wonder if this is the time that some smoker tells me I’m full of shit.
      And then I read that you smoked yours while they were still a little green and was disappointed. Oy vay.
      But then you continued with giving them some humidor time and you liked them. Whooo.
      I have no idea why Gurkha is still blending Old School style. Which is making you wait, sometimes, months in your humidor for them to be ready. The New Breed Tattooed Ones have got it down by working with Pepin Garcia and the cigar can be smoked as early as a week.
      BestCigarPrices.com sent me some samples of a new Gurkha called “Blade.” It is made especially for BCP. I tried one and all I tasted was hay and barnyard. So now I have to wait weeks and weeks before I can review them.

  3. Actually, I’ve come across a good number of your reviews when I’m smoking a new cigar and find them spot on — including this one.

    The WarPig is a really great smoke at an incredibly generous price point.

    In my experience with Gurkhas (the online market ones) is that they are delicious byt do require a certain level of care to live up to their potential. Chief among the requirements are humi time to balance the moistue, and ensuring that you smoke them slow. I’ve had more than my fair share of Gurkha’s blow up around the mid-point, but none since I figured out what they need.

    Keep up the great work on your reviews, I find them among the best I have read, in terms of both accuracy and completeness.

  4. Love this spot on review.