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Gurkha Ancient Warrior Presidente Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, October 29, 2013
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Gurkha Ancient Warrior Presidente Cigar Review

This 8.5×52 (actual 8.25×52) stick features a dark chocolate wrapper with a dry slight tooth, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, firm pack, double cap and rich cocoa manure aroma. First light reveals a slightly snug draw with good medium bodied smoke output showing a very dry tobacco and touch of sweetness just on the short finish. The first third holds the same flavor profile but gets pretty weak, down to a mild-medium body with thin whispy smoke. The burn line is just ok, with the filler going very fast and hot, already squishy to the 1/2 way point just 10 minutes in. The 2nd third burns much better after finding a slight hole in the wrapper near the cap that was causing a leak on the draw. Body is up to a medium with richer smoke but no more complex flavor. 55 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors finally shift, giving a deep coffee, cocoa and hint of cinnamon leaving a little tingle through the lengthening finish. Burning well and slow, the last third drops the cinnamon just leaving a smooth coffee and slight cocoa with excellent construction and no strength. Thank you very much to viewer Conrad Kaminski for providing me with this to review!

  • GrandNational

    Oh hey, burn issues with a Gurkha. Who would have thought?!

  • Marc

    How did I know you were gonna say; “there’s a joke in there somewhere.” because it’s one of your catch phrases?
    I’ve been meaning to ask you.
    What is it you mean when you say “modeled wrapper”?
    I can’t say I remember you having a glossary of such terms.

  • AngSolo

    I believe its “mottled” as in uneven color or blotchy spots.
    Also I was wondering about that hole. Could it have been caused by a tobacco beatle? I found a perfect small hole at the tip of one of my cigars and was concerned. I cut open the cigar and found nothing unusaul. I inspected the rest of the sticks in the humidor aand found no further evidence. It has been some time now and I haven’t had any problems. Perhaps a rouge beattle before packaging? Has anyone ever had any beattle problems?

    • Marc

      Okay. I haven’t heard of “mottled” before. Google got me there. Thanks. I vaguely remember him saying something about it being unified coloring. But I’m muscling through his Q&A vids now. There are some videos on cigar beetle infestation out there. I’ve only have had trouble with beetles when buying tobacco by it’s self to roll cigars, myself. Never when buying cigars.

      • Marc

        Not in Q&A.

        • Marc

          Found it. I thought to look in the text on this video for mottled or modeled and it wasn’t there.
          Then I hit search bar. …
          BAM! You were right.
          I think I was remember something about how when he did something on coloring of wrappers.

  • Robert

    These can be picked up on Cbid for $2 or less and as Bryan mentioned, can be quite tasty.


    Granted I’m new to the hobby, but I have yet to see a brand as polarizing as this one. Many of the other boards I participate in slam Gurkha, it seems the more seasoned folks detest them while noobs have found some they like. I personally liked the Warlord and the Beauty, but have hit a few duds in their line. Most recently one of the boards suggested that the online Gurkhas are not the same as B&Ms and while I know you have poo pooed that theory in your Q&A videos, they seem quite sure this is true for this brand .

  • AngSolo

    Gurkha has a ton of different cigars out there. They can’t all be winners. My favorite is Park Avenue great mild stick, I have yet to try the maduro. I don’t know if I believe that B&M and online are different. Seems like it would be difficult to keep track of shipping.

  • BArmstrongNY

    Just the tip Bryan, just the tip

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