Gurkha Cellar Reserve | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 (Aged 15 Years)
Binder: Dominican Olor (Aged 15 Years)
Filler: Dominican (Aged 15 years)
Size: 6 x 58 “Hedonism-Gordo Perfecto”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $10.50



Today we take a look at the Gurkha Cellar Reserve gifted to me by buddy, Doug Nelson.

The price point ranges from $8-$13 per stick so shop around but not until we finish the review.

I rarely review anything by Hansotia. But this cigar is supposed to be something special. We shall see.

“The vintage Cellar Reserve uses the finest quality 15 year-old aged tobacco, comprised of an oily Criollo 1998 wrapper, that combines an aged Dominican, Olor binder with a 15-year old Dominican filler. Housed in unique wooden boxes that aesthetically evoke a maturing wine barrel, the Cellar Reserve is a delicious medium to full-bodied cigar that is full of flavor and complexity. Rated 97, Top 10 Cigar of the Year.”

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve made its debut at the 2011 IPCPR trade show. And it is mostly found at B & M’s locally. But if you hunt around Google, you can find them online.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve comes in 5 sizes: 4 x 58, 5 x 58, 6 x 58, 7 x 54, and 6 x 60.

Doug told me this stick has been nicely aged in his humidor so there are no excuses. From the few reviews I read, they either loved or hated this cigar. No gray area.

It is an impressive perfecto. Virtually seamless. A lot of veins and even some spooge that looks like a roller went crazy with the cigar glue. The stick is jam packed with tobacco. The wrapper is a slightly oily medium brown. There is toothiness in some parts and smooth in others. There is a slight orange tint to the wrapper’s color.

I’m not sure what you call the cap. Is it a pig tail or something else. It looks like the hairdo of Princess Leia.

The resume of the cigar is on the giant cigar band. This is a Dominican puro according to the band but the Gurkha web site says it has Nic tobacco in it. There is a Nic puro line of the same cigar.

It says 97.6% blend strength on the cigar band. I’m not quite sure what that means.

I carefully remove the entire pig tail and find aromas of pepper, cedar, earthiness, and apricot.
Time to light up.

I don’t like nipple feet. They never start off correctly and usually need an immediate touch up.

The draw is tight. But then I am drawing smoke through a hole only ¼” in diameter. It should get better soon.

I just reviewed the Don Collins Lonsdale. I rarely do two reviews in a row. But my back pain is feeling better giving me a lift of the spirit. And I had a toasted bagel with butter and jelly on it to cleanse my palate.

With ½” burned, the flavor profile is bland. Not much of anything going on.

The earthiness of the tobacco is the most prominent flavor.

And then some red pepper emerges.

I have a devilish side and was sort of hoping that this $10 cigar would be a dog turd.

As I wrote those words, flavors being to blossom: Sweetness, strong cedar, leather, citrus, and a nice earthiness.

The sweetness is composed of something fruity, powdered sugar, and peach jam. I didn’t have any of those in the jelly I used on my bagels.

The strength is medium bodied. And the stick is very smooth.

But then, with the PR pushing how aged this cigar is, I expect nothing less than a very smooth smoke.

This cigar is not the usual drek associated with Gurkha cigars. The Gurkha Cellar Reserve reeks of well-aged tobacco and accompanied by a nice smooth quality.

Hansotia has a habit of sending his best blends to the B & M’s. The crap you get online is just that: crap.

You can buy a Beauty for $4 online but in a B & M, you will pay over $10. It is a different blend entirely.

I had a construction job in Sacramento I was running and I found a great B & M in Loomis. The owner was good friends with Hansotia and the Gurkhas were his most popular cigar. I spent hours each day in there. I should have been on the job site but at this point in the project, I was merely babysitting and standing all the time. My back couldn’t handle all that standing on concrete slabs. So off to the cigar shop I went.

I think it is a total rip off that Hansotia would keep his good blends of the internet and save them for his favorite B & M’s.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve is a slow burner. I’ve smoked 1-1/2” and it’s taken me 30 minutes.




But still no real flavor. What showed up earlier is gone now. This stick is schizophrenic.

I am the point now I will just settle for any kind of flavor profile. Let alone a flavor bomb.

The second third begins and it moves up to medium/full and tagging along right behind is some nicotine.

Well, by this point, I am beginning to realize that the reviewers that shit all over the Gurkha Cellar Reserve were on the money. And the ones that liked it have no palate.

The flavors are so subtle that they are close to being nonexistent.


I don’t know if I have it in me to spend another 90 minutes with the Gurkha Cellar Reserve. I’ve given enough to the cause.

With halfway to go, I throw in the towel. This cigar is a fucking joke. It has all the qualities of a $2 cigar. And I mean no insult to the $2 cigar.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve is more proof that Hansotia hasn’t a clue how to blend cigars. $10 for this cigar? Give me a fucking break.

All those nice pretty photos I got for nothing.
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3 replies

  1. Still loved reading it though.
    Thanks for the warning.
    I think thats the shortest review with the most pictures I’ve ever seen.
    My favorite was the last one :-))
    Thanks for the sacrifice Uncle!
    Onward and Upward!!!!


  2. I burned it’s humi twin about a month ago Uncle. Your review as usual is spot on. It was no different for the one I had,and didn’t even make it halfway before tossing it. They were just as blah and flounder like ROTB, at 3weeks, at 3&6 months. I was hoping you might pick up on something I was missing,but turns out the only thing missed is the coin they cheated me out of.
    My apologies for subjecting your omnipotent palate to such disappointment.

  3. Wow. Cigar Aficionado got theirs from CI and still gave it a 90… and they’re never wrong 😉