Monday, January 20, 2014

Gurkha Blue Steel Torpedo

This was my third attempt at smoking Gurkha Blue Steel cigar for the review and finally I was able to pull it off. The first two of these I tried smoking were rolled so tight at the shoulder that they were impossible to smoke--short of clipping them off below the shoulder. I've had draw problems with Gurkha's before but these were the worst I have ran into. So let's take a look at the good points about this Blue Steel!
Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 6.5  x 53 Torpedo
  • Wrapper:  Costa Rican maduro wrapper
  • Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Colombian
  • Cutting Method: Vertigo guillotine
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: $8.99

Gurkha Blue Steel Maduro Torpedo Cigar
At first glance this is a great looking cigar. The oily, dark maduro wrapper with fine veins has plenty of tooth, it's rolled on seamlessly and it has floral and cocoa notes to the nose. The cold draw on this cigar was firm but free and had flavors of semi sweet chocolate, toast and earth.

Once the cigar was burning it produced loads of slightly nutty smoke and the initial flavors were tree fruit, cocoa, toast and earth. As the burn progressed it left behind a firm light gray ash that held for about two inches before falling on my leg. A nice oil line developed just above the razor sharp burn line and a few other flavors started entering in to the mix. By  the time this medium to full bodied cigar was down to the nub, I had experienced notes of molasses, brown sugar, charcoal, barn yard, mocha and oak.

I would have to call the Gurkha Blue Steel a classic maduro cigar. This stick had a great wrapper, nice burn and great flavors. Gurhka only produced around 50,000 of these cigars so supplies could be getting scarce. Had the first two sticks not had draw problems I would have rated this cigar in the 93-95 range, but since they did I have to ding the score a bit. I have two of these left and I really hope they don't have draw problems so I can enjoy more of this good tasting cigar.

Rated: 90

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