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Gurkha Cellar Reserve Prisoner Churchill Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, January 14, 2012
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Gurkha Cellar Reserve Prisoner Churchill Cigar Review

This 7×54 stick features a dark chocolate mottled wrapper with soft spongy give, velvety texture, minimal veins, tight seams, double cap and very damp musty aroma. First light reveals a snug draw with minimal smoke output, mild flavors of a slightly sweet and oily grass with a long finish of the same. The first third opens up the draw a bit producing much better smoke output. The grassy flavor is still dominant, very mild all the way through the shortening finish. 35 minutes in the first third ash drops off and the 2nd third flavors shift slightly. Body is up a touch to mild-medium while the grassiness subsides replaced by a creamy nut. 1:05 minutes in at the end of the 2nd third, body comes up again to a solid medium while the nut flavor gives way to a deep earth and pepper. Burn is a bit wonky but has been self correcting. Ending at 1:30 where it got squishy and too hot for my taste, the last bit showed no further changes. Thank you very much to Gurkha for sending this sample for review!

  • Griff

    Bucanero pictures again Bryan

  • JJO

    It’s the band that was aged for 15 years, lol. Mediocre tobacco, like mediocre wine aged for that long, is still mediocre. BTW, why do they call this a Nicaraguan puro, when the tobacco comes from different countries? I would like to give Gurkha a fair shake, but they just make it difficult to do, considering the way they market (and price) themselves.

  • Jason

    I honestly might buy one just for the label…

  • alodus

    Let’s all admit to ourselves what we’ve all realized after smoking Gutkha cigars for the past year. They are a second-rate brand with fantastic packaging and great label artwork. Their construction is a joke, their aging is a lie, and their flavors are not well developed.

  • Andrewa17

    Hey Bryan do you know when these might reach online retailers?

    • I would imagine that will depend on each retailer and if they allow online sales. You would need to ask the retailer directly.

  • USA2ndAmendment

    I got this cigar from my local shop, in a smaller size. It cost $10, but was a great smoke. I would buy it again. Great review as always!

  • AngSolo

    Online retailers aren’t allowed to advertise this brand because it was intended as a Brick & Mortar only line. However if you call your online retail which happens to also have a B&M or two they will be happy to ship them to you.

  • AngSolo

    Cigar Journal claims the Prisoner in a figurado shape The Ciagr of the Decade and highest rated cigar of 2012 which they rated 97. Now I’ve had the Koi and I think its a mild-medium anytime kind of cigar and i have enjoyed a few of them but a 97 rating??? In my opinion its a good cigar, a bit pricey and no way near a 97 rating.

  • gumby_130

    Can’t find this one, can you get it online.

    • eric.hanson

      In most cases no, it’s a B&M only stick along with a few other recent Gurkha releases. But someetimes if you wait a few years the B&M only stuff turns up online.

  • jason

    I’ve been let down by most cigars by Gurkha, but I actually enjoyed this one. It could have been party because of the atmosphere I was in, but I enjoyed it. I will be buying another one.

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