So Gurkha is kind of a hit or miss in my honest opinion and the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged Cigar Review swung and missed. I have had some amazing Gurkhas before..this is not one of them. The Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged is really all about the marketing and less about the stuff that actually matters. You know like the taste. But let me digress. This cigar was not horrible. That being said it wasn’t good either. It was a little less than middle-ground-quality wrapped in a nice bow.
The Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged uses the 15 year old Dominican filler tobacco as the major selling point and attraction to the consumer. The graphic design on the label is well done. I am sure they spare no expense. The wrapper is made up of a 1998 Criollo and a Olor binder. The Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged is a Dominican puro that is over hyped and super expensive. Oh by the way, the box is really nice as well.
You see Gurkha cigars comes from watch makers (fun fact) so that is why they are going to have the nicest boxes on the block. My favorite feature about this cigar is the greasy wrapper and spiral pigtail cap. There is no doubt about it. On the outside of the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged looks like an A+ cigar. It is when you light it up that everything goes down hill.
The pre-light puff of the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged is extremely … and say extremely earthy. It felt like I was pulling grass out of my teeth. There were also very small hints of pepper. Once I spark the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged up it does not impress and proves to be fairly un-complex. I do not know for sure but if I was a betting man (which I am) I would say the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged falls between medium to full strength. The tasting notes are earthy as well with a mild tobacco smoky taste. The after notes bring some spice and a bad harsh taste that made me very mad that I spent $10. I will admit the burn was balanced and the smoke actually smelled pretty good. Also after sampling this cigar it did get better. Perhaps, I got a bad batch the first time around.
Not very happy for the price. However, the cap is one of the coolest out there (spiral pigtail) and there is no doubt the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged wrapper is absolutely beautiful. Everything else is kind of a dumpster fire. Sorry Gurkha, I loved the Beast, Gurkha Xtreme, Black Beauty, Ghost and many others you make but the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged is not good.
I gave the Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Years Aged a 7.6 and that is me being nice. This all being said, I still like Gurkha. I just don’t like this particular over priced cigar. I promise I will have better things to say about Gurkha in other reviews. If I was going to pair this cigar with a bourbon that would bring out the best in it. It would probably be 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon or Angel’s Envy Bourbon.