Personal Cigar Review: Gurkha 35th Anniversary Toro

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Cigar Details: Gurkha 35th Anniversary Toro

  • Vitola: Toro Extra
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 54
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98
  • Factory: Tabacalera El Artista
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $10.95
  • Release Date: October 2023
  • Source: Gurkha

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Gurkha 35th Anniversary Toro is light brown with some decently raised veins present. The seams are smooth and the caps well applied. There are two bands, both in a rose copper and white color combination. The primary has the company logo on the front with the name embossed on the sides while the secondary band denotes the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is slight damp wood and earth while the foot brings breadiness and cedar. The pre-light draw brings cedar and slightly perfumy floral notes along with a mild spiciness on my lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with stale, dry, toasted cedar and light amounts of earth and black pepper. At a quarter inch in, the black pepper is now very mild. At a half inch in, the black pepper is completely gone. The retrohale is dry, toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, a light floral note joins the profile. At an inch and a half in, some mustiness joins the profile. As the third comes to a close, the profile is lightly stale and dry, toasted cedar up front, with earth a fair bit behind and light amounts of floral notes and mustiness in the background. The strength was mild-medium.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the earth and floral notes increase a bit. At a half inch in, the toast level increases a bit. The retrohale remains dry, toasted cedar and earth. At an inch and a quarter, the mustiness picks up as the floral notes drop back a bit. As the third comes to a close, the lightly stale and dry, toasted cedar is up front, with earth now in the middle, mustiness just behind that and light floral notes in the background. The strength bumped up to slightly below medium.

Final Third

As the final third begins, a chalkiness joins the profile. The retrohale remains dry, toasted cedar and earth. At an inch in, the chalkiness, mustiness and earth are all in the middle of the profile. As the cigar wraps up, the lightly stale and dry, toasted cedar is up front, with earth, mustiness and chalkiness in the middle and light floral notes in the background. The strength remained at slightly below medium.

Burn

The burn was straight through the first half of the first third and then went off track a bit, but self corrected and then went back to straight from the middle of the cigar through to the end. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The cigar began with stale, dry, toasted cedar and light amounts of earth and black pepper. The black pepper disappeared a half inch in and a light floral note joined in a bit later and then some mustiness. The final third saw some chalkiness join and then migrate to the middle of the profile. The Gurkha 35th Anniversary Toro had an average flavor profile throughout. The stale, dry, toasted cedar was the main player and didn’t really set a tone for an exciting smoking experience. I appreciate the low cost for an anniversary cigar, but it just didn’t deliver on flavor, and that’s what I’m here for. I don’t see returning to this cigar.

Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.50

Cost/Point

$1.99

Scoring System

Aaron
GoodPre
Light
AverageFirst
Third
AverageSecond
Third
AverageFinal
Third
Very GoodBurn
Very GoodDraw
AverageOverall
Personal Cigar Review: Gurkha 35th Anniversary Toro

Aaron LoomisPersonal Cigar Review: Gurkha 35th Anniversary Toro

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