Cigar: Gurkha Symphony
Perfect Pair: Espresso or Cuban Coffee
Time of Day: Lunch/Early Afternoon
Construction: Easy draw through the first third of the cigar, tightening slightly in the second third. The cigar finished again with a nice, easy draw with a good volume of smoke. Slight canoeing in the second third which was easily corrected by rotating the cigar.
Taste: Gurkha is, of course, very well known for their premium cigar line. The quality of the tobacco was very good, the flavor was mild, smooth, and the texture of the smoke was nice and creamy. I had difficulty discerning individual flavors, they were very well blended and subtle. There was just a hint of pepper throughout that cigar, which is why I make this a nice afternoon cigar. Before my palate is fully prepared for the assault of the spice bombs and complex cigars on my usual evening menu, this cigar gets me through a nice hour in the afternoon. It is definitely a Mild and Mellow cigar!
Recommendation: If you see this in the store, I’m not sure I’d purchase an individual stick. The reasoning behind this is simple: Price. I’ve seen this cigar in stores for around $7, and for $7 I expect a greater complexity of flavor. I’d be more than happy to get it in a sampler pack so that I could get the box-rate discount and work it into my afternoon rotation, and it definitely makes a good buy for someone with a palate leaning towards mild or someone new to cigars.
Review courtesy of Sam Mallikarjunan.Cigar Review: Gurkha Symphony by David Sabot