Cigar Review | Gurkha Ghost Angel Torpedo Tubo

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
Vitola: Torpedo
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Criollo
Filler: Dominican/Nicaraguan
Price: $8.00

Gurkha Ghost Angel Cigar Review

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.

Transition Alert

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.

Final Thoughts

Gurkha Ghost Flavour WheelThis 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.

You can watch the Gurkha Cigars Official Release Cask Blend on YouTube as well as many other iROBUSTO cigar reviews there too.

Cigar Review | Curivari Reserva Limitada Cafe Noir

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this go around, I check out the Curivari Reserva Limitada Café Noir in the 56 size. This 6×56, slightly box-pressed Toro features all Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan tobacco. The wrapper is velvety smooth, and it looks to be rolled very well with a dense pack.

Curivari Reserva Limitada Cafe Noir

The wrapper gives off a mild tobacco and grass aroma. Out of the foot, I find a cinnamon smell with more tobacco. On the cold draw, there is a slight wood and black licorice flavor. Once lit, there is a noticeable smokiness with black pepper and leathery wood. Through the nose, there is a bomb of black pepper spice with an espresso and coffee mix. The finish is very spicy and earthy.

After twenty-five minutes, I finish the first third. On the draw, I find a cherry and chocolate mix alongside some espresso and rich earth. Through the nose, there is spicy cedar and a nutty char note. The finish is long with fruity leather, black pepper, and cinnamon. Both the strength and body fall in the medium-to-full range.

Curivari Reserva Limitada Cafe Noir

Fifty minutes in, the second third closes out. The draw gives me toast on top of coffee and a nice mix of sweet hay and chocolate. The retro-hale has some spice to it with cayenne pepper and cedar. On the finish, I find black licorice with smoky leather and some earth. There is no change to the strength or body of the smoke.

Curivari Reserva Limitada Cafe Noir

The final third gets me to one hour and twenty minutes. On the draw, there is more coffee and chocolate with the addition of some bitter char. Through the nose, I pick up some floral cedar with a spicy vanilla note. The finish is still long with more smoky leather on top of a grassy earth and black pepper mix. Both the strength and body jump up to the full mark in the final third.

Curivari Reserva Limitada Cafe Noir

The Café Noir is a tasty cigar with a wide range of balanced, complex flavors. It’s got a decent amount of strength in the final third, topping off the smoke, and performance is spot on. In the $8-9 range, it’s not a terrible price, either. This one is worth a try if you get the chance.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)