52 Gauge, Torpedo
Sitting here on a lazy Sunday afternoon, It is time to fire up my grill for some early dinner of burgers, chicken and potatoes. I think I will have a cigar while everything is heating up and cooking.
I reach into my humidor and grab me a dark wrapped torpedo, Gurkha Ninja! Images of the classic Chuck Norris movie “The Octagon” start to run through my head. I give this Ninja a good toasting and fire ‘er up. It is seriously a smoky stick.
This particular cigar was obtained through Cigar Harvest
In the typical fashion of the Gurkha brand, it is a complex mixture of flavors. It has Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers, a Criollo 98′ binder, and a Brazilian wrapper. Wow! Quite a mix of countries all coming together for a bold and enjoyable medium to full bodied smoke.
A couple of the cool names that are issued to the different sizes of this Gurkha cigar are the Knife, and the Spike, along with several standards to include Churchill, Torpedo, Perfecto and Gordo.
I am smoking the Torpedo today.
I have moved from my usual smoking lounge chair in my living room, to outside on the back porch while grilling. It is a bit on the hotter side this Summer day, but I am enjoying the peacefulness along with my Gurkha Ninja cigar.
The foot of the cigar, seems to have a very uneven burn, that may be (but not necessarily) because of my double hole punch stile in the side of the cap, rather than a clean cut.
But it has a really nice strong flavors of oak and a butter cream. I know that sounds odd, but it is the best way I can describe this current 1st third I am smoking.
The Gurkha Ninja band is a flat black with gold writing of the name NINJA in the center face of the band with some nice scroll work underneath the name of the stick all in gold, while there is some additional scrolling in a grayish silver to the right and left. The brand / trademarked name Gurkha is at the far end of both the silver scrolls. The entire band is outlined in a soft gold line. A simple, yet nice cigar-ring in appearance.
I am half way into this cigar now and about an hour into this tasty stick. The flavors have been steady and with a nice draw it makes it a little bit of a slightly “heady” stick. Meaning, catching a slight “buzz”.
This Gurkha Ninja stick has started to take on a black peppery flavor as I move into the final third of this cigar, I think on the back end of each puff, I am getting slight hints of a licorice taste. The ash has since the first third moved into a clean burn line and holding on very well.
I have moved back inside, as the heat is getting too uncomfortable outside. I will still be checking on my grilled dinner regularly while working on the final third of this delicious cigar.
The cigar finished off with a strong black pepper taste along with the constant woody flavor that was the base flavor of this stick. It has been a very enjoyable smoking experience for me, and I can honestly say, that I would recommend this cigar for those of you who enjoy and trust in the Gurkha brand. These individual sticks have a MSRP of $6.99, only $5.40 each in a five pack, and all the way to the low price of $5.05 per stick in box quanities at the link provided here. If you are interested in obtaining these I can recommend you check them out by clicking here, for some of the better prices online. CIGAR HARVEST
As always, regardless of what you choose to smoke, Smoke what you like, because YOU like it.
Cigar Commander signing off… Peace.