Ghurka Raider Introduction
The Gurkha Raider is made exclusively by the renowned Gurkha cigar company, specifically for the coronacigars.com retailer. Kizad Hansotia, the owner of Gurkha, wanted to create a full flavored cigar with a mild to medium body.
This particular stick today has a soft colored Connecticut wrapper, with a Dominican Criollo binder and Nicaraguan Corojo fillers.
The cigar-band/ring has the typical Gurkha soldier and cross-sabers. with a nice Scarlet and Gold backdrop and some fancy chrome trim around the entire band. The Gurkha brand name placed center and bottom with the name Raider done in gold multiple times on the very bottom, left to right.
Enough about the design of this nice, yet very inexpensive cigar. At only $3.75 per stick (as 7.50 BOGO) Let’s fire this Gurkha Raider up!
Pre-light and 1st/3rd
At pre-light, there is a slight hint of oak and walnut. About 5 minutes into the cigar, unfortunately the burn is starting to take an odd direction, burning unevenly
As I enjoy this cigar, I continue to receive a walnut and slight almond creaminess during the pleasure of the smoke. I am sitting back and watching television in my living room and the amount of smoke is just about the right amount in my opinion; not too much, but an obvious white cloud of a successful smoke.
2/3 of this Gurkha Raider is staying true in consistency. It is continuing to be a more mild bodied cigar than I typically go for, but still a very pleasing smoke. The ash remains solid and firmly attached as a gray with slight black veins during the burn. Unfortunately, the cigar burn itself, continues to burn at an angle. That could be because of the initial lighting, or the way the filler is packed. I have had a few of these, and this is the second one it has done this type of burn. However, out of about 10 of them smoked… that is not bad. The flavor profile seems to be the same with the entire batch.
While smoking this cigar, I am able to set it down on a regular basis to just rest a moment, and pick it back up with no needs for relight. I even set it down for 15 minutes at one point, fully anticipating that a relight would be required. However, I was very surprised that none was necessary. Impressive by any standard.
The Gurkha Raider smoked true for the balance of the smoke all the way to the nub.
Overall, For a mild cigar, I would say that this stick earned a very good rating of 7.5 in my book.
Always remember, Smoke what you enjoy, because YOU like it.
The Cigar Commander
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