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Gurkha Widow Maker Natural Churchill Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in Cigar Reviews

Gurkha Widow Maker Natural Churchill Cigar Review

This 7×52 stick features a 10 year aged tan wrapper with a few stretch marks, a thin soft paper bag like feel, firm dense pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, double cap and rich hay aroma. First light reveals a smooth slick oily bitter grass on the draw with the same through the short clean finish, and a big foot smoke that smells like pot. The first third quickly drops the bitterness and most of the body to boot. Going down to a mild, the body just shows a smooth slightly sweet wood with a short clean finish. Construction is excellent with a perfect draw, good burn and great smoke output. Hitting the 1/2 way point at 45 minutes, the ash held on for the first third, performance is flawless but the profile is still mild and one dimensional. Winding down the 2nd third flavors finally take on a bit more action adding a smooth nuttiness to the draw, bringing the body up to a medium and growing the finish longer and fuller. Ending at a very long 1:35 the last third showed no further changes. Thank you very much to viewer Jonathan Bishop for sending in this one for review!

  • gumby_130

    I like Gurkha but not a big fan of this one. Knowing the price of it may have little something to do with it.going it to this cigar had high expectations.

  • towboat Joe

    Just re-tried the Gurkha seduction the flavors have improved you may want to revisit this one

  • Pokesfan

    I think I might have this one in my humidor. One thing about it, I do enjoy a mild cigar, because I am somewhat of a light weight. However, I do enjoy some transitions in flavor. Hope this one won’t disappoint…

    • MaxDuo

      I think you may be confusing strength with body. It sounds like there is no strength but also only a small amount of one dimensional flavor until the end.

  • Jared

    I have had exactly one Gurkha, the Doble Maduro (nice taste, medium strength), but with the reviews I read, they tend to be WAY overhyped and therefore overpriced (though CI’s ~$7 a stick for this one isn’t TOO bad). Question is then, since I’m new to them, IS there a Gurkha that lives up to hype? Either now, or in the past? Or should I just pick up a brick of Joya del Jefe and save my cash?

    • Jared

      And yes, I did actually already buy a brick of Joya del Jefe, but only because my son-in-law, Jeff, is finishing his Master’s in May and I thought they would be funny, and they review reasonably well. I gravitate to Torano, myself.

    • PAG

      I’ve had a couple of special edition Gurkhas that I liked, the 125th Anniversay and the 15 Year Cellar Reserve. I remember liking the Red Witch well enough. Still, none of these have bubbled up to the level of “gotta’ keep a stash in my humidor.”

      • Jared

        I’m not quite yet at the “gotta” stage. I’m still at the “try lots of different ones to see what I like” stage. I’m also, however, in the “there isn’t a decent B&M within 2 hours, so I have to rely on reviews and sampler packs, or otherwise I’ll blow too much money paying retail when I finally make it to the shop” stage, so I take what reviewers say to heart.

        • PAG

          Sounds like I’m all of 6 months ahead of you. My humidors (yes, it’s plural now) have what I think is an overly high percentage of future experiments, but there’s a handful of things that hit me so well that I always want to have them on hand. Casa Magna, Genesis, A-B Tempus & Tempus Maduro, La Aurora 107, CAO Italia, and Liga Undercrown just have to be there. 5 Vegas Cask are my current cheapy of choice.

          I recently smoked an A-B Family Blend my brother gave me. Crap! Another “must stock”.

        • PAG

          I feel for your distance from a good cigar shop with lots of variety. In addition to having dozens of good cigar shops within an hour, I can make it to Cigars International in Hamburg in under an hour. The CIs and Famous shops in the Allentown-Bethlehem are even closer.

          • Jared

            Luckily (again, a bit of distance to travel), I have the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic the first week of June, and La Aurora is on my list of “need to try” (and anything else I can get my hands on). Lots of little shops that roll their own and give out freebies, and I’ll hit as many as my wife will tolerate!

    • Jefferson

      The Gurkha Ghost Shadow has got to be one of the best sticks I’ve ever set fire to.

  • neocigaro

    It looks good but too pricey.


    If only they lowered their prices to reflect on some of their sticks.

  • superdutyal

    sounds a bit to mild for me but a great review

  • Freddy62

    Once again thankful for the review before I spent the money on this stick. I do not care much for an almost flavorless or in-complex smoke.

  • eric.hanson

    I see these all of the times in daily deals for super cheap, but Gurkha’s so hit or miss for me that I don’t like to take chances even on the cheap ones. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had some great Gurkha cigars, but I’ve had some really bad ones too. After watching your review, it seems like I have a few sticks in my humidor that are similar in flavor profile so I’ll pass on these.

  • weimerad

    Never been much of a Gurkha fan and that includes the Widow Maker. I barely finished half of the cigar when I smoked it, at it was bitter and sour. Not a good smoking experience.

  • david121

    I’ve always wanted to try this one, but now i dont think I will lol too mild and boring for me! The gurkha triple ligero is nice if anyone wants a recommendation. Great review Bryan

  • curtpick

    Name is a bit Misleading. Was thinking it would be a fuller more complex smoke. Thanks for letting me know not to buy this one. And what is Pot ? ;)

  • irratebass

    Great review as always, not really a Gurkha fan, and this one doesn’t sound like it would be in flavor profile (I prefer more stronger smokes) I would try this if it was given to me though….thanks again for the review.

    • JJO

      irratebass!- I’ll try anything if it was given to me. That damned Mike@stogiereview sent me a Swisher in an otherwise great bomb he sent me (as a joke, of course), and yeah, I will smoke it sometime just so I can say I did smoke one. After several disappointments and a couple of decent experiences (I would definitely smoke the Evil again), I would have to say the same thing about Gurkha.

  • Dirk

    You have to hand it to Gurkah’s advertising.. cigars.. some are great.. .most are average.. I have tried this in a trade with a friend.. I gave him a RP Vintage 92 second.. He is a big fan of mild sticks complaining of the “strength” of the RP.. I complained of the mildness.. I call it a draw.. everyone has their tastes.. great review.. very accurate as usual Byran

  • smokethis

    Nice review B. I got a 5 pack of these in Maduro . I had to use a drawpoker on 2 of them but the flavor was ok, tasted like a typical maduro.

  • Kace

    Looks like you were trying really hard to stay non biased about this one. Seems a bit if a shame that they would put all that in into aging the wrapper just to put it on a such a plan blend. I’m sure these will find a good home. Lol.

  • samgiroux42

    With the name Widowmaker, I would have expected a stronger, more full bodied stick. How did cigar companies decide on their names?

  • pclose93

    just smoked this one last night, i have to agree that it was very one dimensional, i found myself almost forgetting i was smoking a cigar.

  • Sinsandman

    So I had a bid on these that I had forgotten about until they arrived out here. Though your review of them was less than great, I feel you may have given them too much credit still. This cigar is gross. There is no other words I can use for it…just gross.

  • Ole

    Just smoked one during a quick round of golf. Decent smoke but I was too worried about my golf game to think about it.