It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Gurkha Ninja in the Knife size. This 5×55 Robusto features a very oily Brazilian Maduro wrapper. Inside is a Dominican binder securing Nicaraguan long fillers. It appears to have been expertly rolled.
The wrapper gives off a rich coffee and leather aroma while I smell damp moss out of the foot. On the cold draw, I simply taste damp moss. Once lit, I find black pepper spice on the draw with coffee and a nutty flavor. The black pepper spice kicks up on the finish with leather. Through the nose, I get cedar with leather and black pepper spice.
After thirty minutes, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find some buttery cedar with black pepper and grass. Through the nose, I pick up a nice cocoa and bold earth. The finish is tasty with coffee, oatmeal, and more black pepper spice. The strength and body settles in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to one hour. The draw offers more grass with a dark cocoa. On the retro-hale, I pick up sweet earth on top of moss and cedar. The finish is simple with salty leather and black pepper. The strength and body both drop down to the medium mark in this third.
The final third comes to a close at one hour and thirty minutes. The draw sees the return of buttery cedar and black pepper with more grass. Through the nose, I pick up almond alongside a cinnamon graham cracker. The finish offers more salty leather with metallic earth and toast. Strength finishes at the medium mark, while body jumps back up to medium-to-full.
The Gurkha Ninja is a very satisfying cigar. It retails for only $5.55, but it offers a good array of delightful flavors. It’s not super complex, but the depth it does offer makes this stick a great deal. I definitely recommend it.
I’d like to give a special thanks to the Cigar Chairman for sending this to me for review. Thank you, brother!