Since being named President and CEO of Gurkha Cigar Group, Inc. (formerly Beach Cigar Group), Gary Hyams (formerly of CAO), has overseen three new realeases: the Cellar Reserve (to be reviewed here in the future), the Royal Challenge (previously reviewed), and today’s cigar of choice, the Seduction.
Cigar Stats: The Seduction’s filler is a Columbian Corojo, surrounded by a Dominican, Olor binder and finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It is offered in four sizes: Churchill (7x55), XO (6x60), Toro (6x55), and with an MSRP of about $6.85 a stick, today’s selection, the Robusto (5x55).
Appearance: The wrapper is a rich, dark chocolate, with minor veins present here and there. There is a slight tooth to the wrapper but not much oil. The stick is slightly spongy but still has a good pack to it. The band, which is actually two bands, one layered on top of the other, is foil stamped in gold, and really quite attractive.
The Smoke: The Seduction starts off mild, with a slight, very pleasant buttery texture coating the mouth. An inch or so in we get some sweetness, very faint, bordering on floral. At the midway some nuttiness enters the mix and stays for the remainder, along with varying amounts of leather. The draw and burn line are perfect, with the ash holding until we tapped off, and the smoke is sweet-smelling and abundant.
Verdict: With a reasonable price tag and an abundance of flavors that will appeal to all palates, the Gurkha Seduction is a must try, and definitely box-worthy, in our opinion. For more information on the Seduction, or the multitude of Gurkha cigars, visit www.gurkhacigars.com.