Cigar Review: Gurkha Red 1887

Gurkha Red Rothschild

Gurkha Red Rothschild

I got this cigar as a gift, and to be honest I am not a big fan of the brand. So I passed it off to my friend Kristian and this is a his take on the cigar.

Cigar: Gurkha Red Rothschild
Size: 6 x 55
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Peru, Indonesia
Strength: Mild

Appearance and Construction (16/20): This light colored cigar was not what I expected being that most Gurkha cigars I have seen have a dark wrapper. The cap had a massive vein through it, and that turned me off. The band is eye catching and I like the fact that the cigar had a cedar wrap to it. There were a few soft spots around the half way point so that will take points from this section.

Flavor & Notes (25/30): I skipped over the prelight ritual that Barry does and lit the cigar up. On the first third of the smoke I got notes of cinnamon and woodl. There is a nice smooth creaminess to the cigar as I approach the second third. The second third of the cigar begins to pick up on the spice, gone is the cinnamon notes and replaced with a black pepper. There is still strangely enough a creaminess on the back end. The final third of the cigar picks up some leather notes but there is still that creaminess in the background that Barry says comes from the Peruvian tobacco.

Burn/Ash/Draw (24/25): The cigar gave me a hard time lighting, but once I got it all lit the burn was fairly even. The ash was tight, white, and held on very well. There was no flake and I never wound up with an lap full of ash. The cigar produced a lot of smoke and had a nice draw.

Overall (20/25): This cigar is OK. It’s nothing special, but it isn’t as bad as I expected from listening to Barry. I am not sure if it is something I would by, but it was an acceptable smoke.

Rating: 85
Price: $6.50 a stick