Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

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Cigar Details: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

  • Vitola: Grand Corona
  • Length: 6.25″
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade Hybrid
  • Binder: Mexican Sumatra
  • Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf and Undisclosed Habano Seco and Ligero
  • Factory: PDR
  • Blender: Abe Flores
  • Price: $13.95
  • Release Date: November 2022
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale is dark tan with some raised, knotty veins present. The seams are slightly raised while the caps are well applied. There are two bands, both in a white and gold color combination. The primary band carries the company logo and name while the secondary band denotes the line name. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar and bread while the foot brings cedar and Christmas spices. The pre-light draw brings airy cedar and mild Christmas spices.
Seth: Finished with a Claro colored wrapper, the Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale has a dark golden hay color. It is silky in texture and sports few veins throughout. It is firm in hand, and it has an aroma of hay, tobacco, cedar and spices.
John: The Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale comes in cellophane and has a UPC sticker with an integrated tear space so it remains intact when opened. Examining the wrapper, there is an obvious defect of a ‘frog’s eye’ or chlorophyll green spot on the wrapper where it has not cured to the same color as the rest. The cigar is double banded with a ‘Coleccion Especial’ secondary band, and an ornate white on gold Gurkha primary band. Aromas from the wrapper included green wood, hay and light barnyard. From the foot, I was picking up on sweet wood and hay.
Jiunn: The Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale has a Colorado claro wrapper shade. The wrapper is high quality, providing a velvety smooth and oily feel. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell barnyard, cedar and damp forest. Aromas from the foot give a mixture of white pepper spice and cedar. Cold draw reveals hay and metal.

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with toasted cedar, earth and chalkiness. At a half inch in, the chalkiness mellows and a light burning paper becomes present. The retrohale is toasted cedar and a lightly zingy black pepper. At an inch and a half in, mild black pepper makes it to the mouth draws. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar up front, with earth slightly behind and black pepper and chalkiness a little further behind and burning paper in the background. The strength was slightly below medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with cedar and white pepper notes. There are cinnamon flavors present with coffee, tobacco and earth as well. Balanced, and medium in strength and body.
John: Sweet creaminess opens the first third, with nutmeg and bread combining through the retrohale. Some light-plus strength pepper is building after a few puffs through the end of the draw. Some light chocolate develops on the retrohale, along with mildly musty wood. Sweet bread is largely defining the retrohale with wood finishing the draw moving towards the halfway point.
Jiunn: The first third has a set of easy going flavors. Buttered toast, hay, roasted nuts and a touch of dried red pepper spice. Retrohaling gives ramped up dried red pepper spice and hay. The finish is medium in length with trailing cedar and hay. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth becomes even with the toasted cedar up front and creates a bit of dryness to the profile. At a half inch in, the black pepper has now fallen to the background. The retrohale is now an even mix of toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, a light mustiness joins the profile. At an inch and a half, the burning paper note has departed. As the third comes to a close, the profile is toasted cedar and earth even up front with black pepper, chalkiness and mustiness in the background. The strength remains at slightly below medium.
Seth: The second third delivers that cedar, pepper, cinnamon and coffee profile. Bits of earth on the finish as well. Again, medium in strength and body.
John: Bread combines with mild wood to lead the second third off. Some mild, dry wood is present into the post draw. As it settles in, some dry hay joins the finish. The profile remains consistent through the second third, with no notable profile shifts.
Jiunn: The second third continues to be an overall mixture of buttered toast and hay, but the spice does creep up a little bit, which helps to add another dimension to the flavor profile. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the toast level increases a bit. The retrohale remains an even mix of toasted cedar and earth with some mild black pepper. At an inch and a quarter in, a slight wood bitterness joins the profile. As the cigar wraps up, the profile is toasted cedar and earth even up front with black pepper, chalkiness, mustiness and wood bitterness in the background. The strength bumped up to medium.
Seth: The final third is right in line with the second third. Notes of white pepper, cedar, cinnamon, coffee, tobacco and earth. Medium in strength and body, the cigar smokes cool to the end.
John: Creamy pepper and bread greets me on the first puffs, as bread and pepper combine into the post draw. As the last third settles, tannic wood finishes each puff. Approaching the halfway point, the profile is primarily driven by sweet wood. The tannins move up to medium strength as the cigar progresses through the bottom half of the last third.
Jiunn: The final third loses some steam, where it’s primarily stale cedar and hay. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Burn

Aaron: The burn was absolutely perfect, with a straight burn line and ashes that held on in two inch increments.
Seth: Perfect burn throughout.
John: The burn had some uneven points in the first third, but self corrected. The burn was slightly uneven through the second third and self corrected again. No issues through the last third.
Jiunn: Amazing burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Team Cigar Review: Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Perfect draw.
John: The draw is right in the ideal point between resistant and open.
Jiunn: Amazing draw performance as well, giving the best balance of air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with toasted cedar, earth and chalkiness. A light burning paper note and black pepper became present a bit later. The second third saw the components working well together and the burning paper note departed. The final third saw some wood bitterness join in. The construction was perfect, and quite impressive. The Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale had a slow start, but saw everything come together in the second third, with a drop off back to average in the final third. Overall, the cigar was a bit above average with a traditional Connecticut shade profile. The price point is a bit high, but I’d be OK coming back to this cigar from time to time and might be interested in checking out some of the other vitolas.
Seth: It’s hard to beat a good Connecticut with a great draw and burn line. With an enjoyable flavor profile, and a matching strength and body level, the Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale smoked wonderfully from beginning to end. Gurkha never seems to fail with Connecticut releases, and I am curious to smoke this offering in a different size. I loved the diversity in the tobacco blend, and I think that is one of the great things about Connecticut wrappers. You can apply the wrapper to almost any good blend, and the finished product is enjoyable and very approachable.
John: The Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale leaned towards a more classical take on a Connecticut Shade profile and manages to do so while providing balance and smoothing over some of the traditional flavor components you’d typically find. The draw and burn were perfect. The next time I’m in the mood for a Connecticut Shade profile, I think the Gurkha Colección Especial will be worked into my rotation. The price point is reasonable for the market and the construction was on point. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 52 minutes.
Jiunn: I’m unsure exactly the type of hybrid wrapper this is, but more please. The Gurkha Colección Especial Lonsdale essentially took everything I like in a conventional Connecticut shade and added more richness in spice. I haven’t had a PDR made cigar in a long time, so if this is a proper re-introduction of what’s being made nowadays, by all means sign me up for more.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$2.29

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$1.95

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.05

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$2.05

Scoring System

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