This Gurkha Special Release Beast cigar is made in Honduras. Outside, you'll find a Costa Rican wrapper. Inside, the binder is Nicaraguan, and the filler is Honduran. This is a Gordo cigar with a length of 6.50 and a ring gauge of 58.
The Gurkha Beast cigar is one of the company's ultra-premium products. These are blends that feature rare and often extensively aged tobaccos. While the Gurkha core offerings often are high quality smokes, and some of them have even been awarded by Cigar Aficionado, these ultra-premiums are built a little differently. By scouring the globe in search of the most outstanding leaves stored in aging rooms, Gurkha can serve up special smokes that you'll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
This one is simply called "The Beast".
(Gurkha also has a cigar called "The Beauty" that would make a nice companion smoke, but we'll stay focused on this description.)
The outside wrapper leaf is an oily and toothy 8-year-aged Costa Rican tobacco. Inside, there's a Dominican binder, and then a varied long-filler blend of Dominican, Honduran, and Columbian tobaccos. The aroma of the cigar can be quite spicy don't worry, though this blend is quite nicely balanced. Light it up and you'll get lush draws of medium-full bodied smoke carrying the flavors of sweet cocoa, a little red pepper, and warm cedar.
While many cigars can get monotonous as you go along, this one stays fairly steady, and then picks up in complexity a lot towards the end. The flavors really come in to bloom late in the cigar, offering an interesting development in the taste of the smoke. And because the Gurkha Beast cigar is a 6.5 x 58 Gordo, you'll have a nice long sit with this one.
Only a thousand boxes of these are made each year and they're really gorgeous black lacquered containers. Score one and you've got a handsome display piece to go along with your smokes.
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Amazing taste, but deceptive construction quality
The Gurkha line has never given me trouble in their Grand Reserve or Regent series, in fact I highly recommend them. However, Gurkhas Beast is, as the title says, beautiful, but deceptive. The wrappers are virtually flawless, but some slight imperfections were on the foot under the cedar wrapper for one or two. The issue here is construction. They look gorgeous and have an incredibly full bodied taste rich with flavors ranging from hints of cocoa and coffee to leather and some light nuttiness, but its hard to enjoy when the wrapper cracks. Shortly before I reached the second third on 3 of 5 cigars, the wrapper cracked substantially. It is very irritating, but you can hold it together for the better part of the two-hour smoke youll get from this stick, but for the price point that Gurkha cigars run, quality construction should be expected, but I havent found it. Dont misunderstand me, speaking merely in terms of flavor it is actually incredibly smooth for such a full-bodied and otherwise robust cigar, but the poor construction was frustrating enough to keep me from truly enjoying it all. If you do buy, just be prepared for the wrappers cracking at a certain point during your smoke. If youre like me and dont care to spend so much on a cigar that doesnt stay together over the duration of the smoke, go with one of Gurkhas other fine series.
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