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.
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.
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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