The Gurkha Grand Reserve is the cognac-infused cigar that started it all! Imitated, perhaps, but never duplicated. When you want a cigar that’s more of a drinking buddy than tobacco product, this is your stick. Of course, this drinking buddy is severely French and super-traditional. (But, you could do worse than drinking along with the people who practically invented entire categories of alcohol.)
The cigar itself has a 5-year-aged Connecticut Shade wrapper around a Dominican binder and 3-year-aged Dominican long-filler tobacco. But that’s not the star of the show here. The flavors of tobacco don’t come to the forefront when Louis XIII Cognac is in town.
The Gurkha Grand Reserve is not dipped, sprayed, or injected. Instead, a secretive method of infusion is used. Like the good folks at Drew Estate who make the ever-popular ACID cigars, the exact method of infusion is a secret. What we can tell you is that these things bring the cognac big time.
They come in glass tubes sealed in copper colored wax. If they didn’t, your whole humidor would quickly be smelling like a French aristocrat who just got rolled out of a bordel at first light. Pop the top on one of these tubes and you’ll get a potent whiff of rose nectar, honey, and fruit. These cognac flavors will follow you throughout your smoke, so if this doesn’t sound intriguing to you, this cigar probably won’t be your new meilleur ami.
For those who are curious, Louis XIII Cognac is a Rémy Martin spirit. Cognac in general is a kind of brandy made in the Grand Champagne region of France only. Since we’re talking about it, we might as well explain things all the way and say that brandy is distilled wine that has been aged in oak barrels in accordance with longstanding methods.
So the journey goes like this: 1) French wine is 2) distilled into fine brandy, which is then 3) aged and turned into Louis XIII Cognac. Meanwhile, across the seas, 4) tobacco is growing in Connecticut and the Dominican Republic. This tobacco is then aged and turned into 5) a premium Gurkha cigar. The Cognac and the cigar then finally meet, marry, and produce the joyous union known as the Gurkha Grand Reserve cigar.
À votre santé (to your health!)
Please browse our selection of Gurkha Grand Reserve cigars at your leisure.