Legacy blends from Gurkha tends to disappear as often as two more show up to take its place, but the Gurkha Crest XO cigar has aged gracefully into one of the brand’s top selling frontmarks. Released by K. Hansotia in 2008, this medium strength yet full bodied smoke is loaded with everything the discriminating enthusiast has been hunting whether they realize it or not. There’s the sultry Connecticut Broadleaf that covers each stick, truly a shining beacon of quality and class. Premium longleaf tobaccos from Nicaragua lurk just below the surface, ready to fire off a volley of deliciousness straight to the eager palate. Add to this a price that’s tough to beat, from a brand known for high MSRPs no less, and we’ve got a winner.
Each Gurkha Crest XO might as well be a cigar-shaped doughnut dipped in perfectly tempered dark chocolate for as glossy and oily as it appears, plus the aroma from the unlit stick will do nothing to dissuade from this impression. By the time the sweet cocoa and cream awaken during the opening of a newly lit stick, sitting alongside rich coffee and wheat toast, it’s like having a second breakfast. The leather, cinnamon, and clove that arrive during the second third will bring the smoker to a place of complete satisfaction, while the earthy, peaty finale will leave you both relaxed and ready to conquer what remains of the day no matter if it’s morning, noon, or night.
Whether new to the brand or if you’re ready to reacquaint yourself with Gurkha cigars now that their prices have come back down to Earth, there’s really no better place to start than with the Gurkha Crest XO. Perfect as a high-end daily treat for the accomplished aficionado or a special occasion smoke for the exploring beginner, you’ll thank yourself every time you light one up.