Not too long ago I was gifted some cigars from the Gurkha Godzilla Pack. I’ve mentioned many times in the past that I’m a big fan of manufacturer’s making samplers so that a consumer can try a variety of their offerings. 

The Gurkha Assassin is blended to be a full bodied cigar. Available in Dagger (Wedge) (4”x58), Robusto (4.7”x50), Torpedo (6”x52), Toro (6”x52), Churchill (7.2”x52),  Gordo (6”x60).

The Godzilla Sampler Pack includes the Beast, Beauty, Evil, Ninja, Vintage Shaggy Natural & Maduro, Assassin and Seduction.

 

Vitola: Gordo

Size: 6” x 60 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Peru, Nicaragua

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point:  $10.00 / $57.75 Sampler MSRP

Cigar Purchased: Gifted Godzilla 8 Cigar Sampler

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

“The Gurkha Assassin is a solid choice for cigar smokers looking to move from medium bodied cigars into something in the full bodied category.”

 

 

 

Check out my video review here:

 

Surgeon’s Rating: 82 AKA “If I had them”

The nose on the Gurkha Assassin has lots of cedar on the nose, with hints of spice but the cedar dominates.

Using a single v-cut the draw on the Assassin was almost wide open. That’s not altogether unexpected as I find a lot of 60 ring gauge and up cigars tend to have a fairly loose draw.

My initial flavor impressions are creamy cedar, with some toasted nuts on the retrohale. As the first third settles in I’m picking up a strong mesquite scent from ambient smoke. The creaminess intensifies as the first third progresses, and I’m not finding the flavor profile to be in the full bodied category. Some pepper and leather starts to show up on the post draw at the halfway point. As the first third winds down the retrohale picks up a spicy cedar that lingers nicely with hints of pepper.

 

 

The profile stays consistent moving into the middle third. The only thing I can comment on here is that the cedar that was quite light has now become medium strength, and carries into the post draw mixed with leather. Some notes of chocolate, finishing with leather and earth as the middle third hits the halfway point.

Going into the final third, the profile doesn’t undergo any changes.

Total smoking time 1 hour 58 minutes.

The Gurkha Assassin is a solid choice for cigar smokers looking to move from medium bodied cigars into something in the full bodied category. For my palate, I found the profile to be a bit underwhelming.

 

Surgeon’s Pairing Recommendation:

Bourbon, coke, Dr. Pepper, cream soda, or a strong green tea would go well with the Gurhka Assassin.

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