Monday, January 27, 2014

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Koi

I picked this Gurkha Cigars Cellar Reserve Koi  up during one of my weekly trips to Cigar Train to smoke on the way home. 
Once the cigar was free from the cellophane, I could see it was a well constructed short and stubby cigar. It was tightly packed from head to foot, the oily wrapper contained only very fine veins and it had a seamless wrapper. Putting the cigar to my nose I could smell notes of spicy cedar and brown sugar. The cold draw spicy and had notes of cedar and brown sugar, with a touch of oak on top. Since this was a perfecto, lighting the cigar was a breeze.

The first few draws yielded nearly the same mild flavor mix as the cold draw and left a nice bit of spice lingering on the palate. As the burn moved toward the middle, it left behind a medium gray flaky ash with a wavy burn line, but not to worry, the burn line didn't get bad enough to need correction and it straightened itself out before reaching the nub. There was also a nice amount of oil that developed just ahead the burn line. Near the middle the flavors shifted to a mix of mild peat moss and earth. Into the second half the strength had built into more of a medium to full and the flavors shifted again to a bit of hay, buttery sweet cream and leather. The hay only lasted for a bit leaving a nice finish of sweet cream and leather.

Like I said, at 4 x 58 it's a short and stubby little devil, but it sure had big flavors. I just wish it would have been a larger size so the enjoyment would have lasted a bit longer.

Rated 93

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