The Gurkha Ghost is a highly rated cigar that was released in 2012. I have heard a lot about how people either love this cigar or just simple hate Gurkha Cigars in general. Having heard all of the hype and all of the hate, I had to give the Gurkha Ghost a try.
Kaizad Hansotia, the owner of Gurkha Cigars, stated that, “The Ghost is so popular, that I made a 7 X 70”.
I have had my share of big ring gauge cigars and I haven’t been overly impressed. The cigar I reviewed, the Gurkha Ghost Angel Torpedo Tubo, is in the following size and construction:
Gurkha Ghost Angel Torpedo Tubo
Size: 6 X 52
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Dimensions, Zest & Flavours
What are the flavours? The Gurkha Ghost has a zesty black pepper spice on the tip of my tongue and a long finish in the back of my mouth. The Brazilian wrapper provides more earthiness and the salty licorice. I described the flavour in the video as Egyptian Absinthe as from what I know it’s a salty licorice type spice and can be used to create the alcoholic drink of the same name.
There was an unexpected transition to flour and earth. It was a welcoming chalky taste that really accentuated the dry feeling in the mouth.
Draw, Smoke Output & Finish
The cigar has dry smoke with little smoke output. The draw is medium and became tighter right after the cold draw. The finish is long and medium body.
Strength, Vim & Vigor
This cigar is medium+ in strength and I wouldn’t recommend it to a beginner. I did get a slight buzz from the cigar before I put it down. But I really smoked this cigar passed its flavour wheelhouse as I just felt like puffing it welled passed its beautiful band.
Time of Smoke & Value
I ended the video review at 90 minutes, the cigar went on for another 35 to 40 minutes down to the nub.
This is not a cigar taste that I expected from Gurkha after having the Royal Challenge Maduro. The cigar didn’t burn well the whole time and I had to do a touch up. I admit, after the touch up and the halfway point the smoke picked up and the cigar leaned more towards full body with the flavours noted above picking up in strength.
Did I enjoy?
Yes and No. I don’t know if I like the flavour profile. Though I did enjoy trying something in a different profile. Overall the cigar worked for me, I think I enjoyed. The burn issues were not pleasant and the lack of sweetness is not something I expected so I think that confused me. Why not ask me and find out more. You never know if I changed my mind.