Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Gurkha Blue Steel Torpedo (6.5x53) Revisited
After two attempts to review this cigar, both ending with major burn issues, I decided to let them age a bit. My final verdict is that they were too fresh to smoke when I first received them. After 10 months in the humidor I decided to give them another go. The original review can be found HERE . So let's see how the extra time in the humidor affected this stick. The wrapper is a dark and oily Costa Rican Maduro with only light veining. I couldn't find any information on the binder but the filler is composed of Tobaccos from Nicaragua, Columbia, and Honduras. The wrapper offers the scent of mildly sweet, rich tobacco and hay. The foot offers a mild sweetness. I straight clipped the cap with my Xikar MTX and found a perfect draw with some molasses notes. Toasting and lighting was an easy task with a handy single flame torch.
The initial third opened with some toast and earthy notes. There were a few notes of honey that came and went in the first third. There is a very delicate spice on the retrohale and a sweetness that lingers on the lips and palate. The finish is long and toasty to this point. The second third brought some light coffee notes as the honey notes pop in more often. There is a subtle spice starting to develop that leaves a light tingle on the palate as well as some woody notes. The sweetness is full swing in the second third. Going into the final third the coffee notes begin to pop and gain some depth. Notes of dark chocolate emerge as the honey notes fade away. The sweetness has calmed a bit and the spice has picked up just a touch. The coffee notes dominate the final third but are rounded out nicely with the dark chocolate and woody notes. This go around I only had to make one small burn correction, which made for a very enjoyable smoking experience. The ash held to over and inch at a time. The body remained constantly on the full side of medium-full and was very smooth. I hate that I had almost given up on these and will have to stick a few more in the humidor before the end of their limited run. You can find more information on Gurkha Cigars and their offerings at www.gurkhacigars.com and find them on twitter at http://twitter.com/gurkhacigars