Review: East India Trading Co Rogue Rascal

This cigar came to me by way of a ‘USA Freedom’ Bomb from the /r/cigars Redditor /u/UnofficialGhost.  For the month of April /r/cigars was split into a USA and Russian faction who battled by means of cigar bombs for point domination. 

It was a fun little game, and I got a great selection of cigars to review as a result.  There will be many reviews coming out of that package soon.

Payback for this bomb was appropriately swift and disproportionate in response.

 

 

Nose:

The nose off the Rascal was an intriguing mix of cedar with spicy tobacco.  My interest is piqued.

 

 

Construction:

The Rogue Rascal measures 5.5” by 46 ring gauge in a corona vitola. The Rogue line was first announced almost exactly a year ago., featuring filler tobacco from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. 

The Rogue line is also available in a Tyrant (5” x 52), Bamboozle (6” x 60), Ruthless (6" x 64)  and finally an Armageddon (6” x 66).

In case it wasn't apparent by this point, Rogue and East India Trading Company fall under the Gurkha Cigar Group.

 

 

Flavor:

First Third

It has a sweet nutty flavor profile to start.   I’m quite impressed.  The sweet and nutty combination develops after a few draws to include some spices with an extremely light leather finish. 

I found the first third to be quite tasty.

 

Middle Third

The spice and leather from the first third drops off completely and you’re left with a nice medium profile of the sweetness and nuts. 

 

Last Third

Quite a bit of leather as the Rascal transitions into the last third.   I’m actually disappointed here as the first and middle third seemed to be leading up to a big finish and instead I get predominantly leather with some bitterness to close out.

 

Burn/Draw:

I did a cold draw with a single v-cut and found the draw to be right in the sweet spot.  Great burn from start to finish with a smoking time of 1 hour and 29 minutes.

 

Value:

The Rascal size can be found as a single around $5, a 5 pack for $24 or the 20 count boxes as low as $80.   The pricing level on these is outstanding, as most cigars I’m reviewing these days tend to be well above the $7 mark.  Significant value to be had here.

 

Final Word:

Some of you are going to be incredulous at my summary, but the Gurkha Rogue Rascal was a decent little smoke.  I like the fact that it’s a 46 ring gauge, which means you don’t need 2 hours to smoke one.  Although the last third was a bit of a let down, I was won over with the first two thirds.  

One of the big things that can’t be undervalued here is the price point.   At a time where cigars continue to push towards an $8 – $10, the Rogue Rascal absolutely delivers an option for the sane aficionado's among us who have budgets.

Pick up some Rogue Rascals for yourself and let me know what you think.

 


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Comment by Generally Useful Jared on May 1, 2014 at 10:10am

I saw a some of these in one of the shops I hit, and considered it for a minute before getting the Gurkha Ghost instead... while the Ghost was decent, this sounds like it might have been more my style.

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