Steeped in legend and rich in history, Gurkha is to cigars what Marilyn Monroe was to motion pictures: an internationally coveted symbol of sensuality capable of overwhelming the senses. It’s why under the Gurkha name the tagline reads “World’s Finest Cigars.” Gurkha is the standard of super-premium luxury cigars -- a smoke for those who not only expect excellence but demand that standard of quality every time.
“Gurkha Cigars are sexy,” said Gurkha CEO Kaizad Hansotia. “The amazing aroma of Gurkha’s super premium His Majesty’s Reserve, the cigar that sells for $1,500 a stick, as well as the taste, having been infused with France’s finest Louis XIII Cognac, is something that you will never forget.”
Even the name “Gurkha” is significant. The Gurkhas were the courageous Nepalese warriors who fought alongside the British, during England’s reign of supreme power. Hansotia kept the tributary name when he purchased the company in 1989 and began to give out the cigars to customers of his family’s watch business as gifts. The cigars were such a big hit that he began to expand the line into what it has become today, one of the most famous brands of luxury cigars in the world.
Gurkha continues to make a name for itself among connoisseurs not only for using the finest tobacco in its superb blends, but for the artistically creative packaging it wraps around its cigars. With an impressive array of flawlessly handcrafted, premium cigar lines in a variety of strengths, tasting profiles and price-points; no matter what your taste, there's a Gurkha cigar that's perfect for your palate.
While the popular Gurkha brand has many different lines, there are still some cigars available only in limited editions. The most famous of which is the above mentioned His Majesty’s Reserve. The HMR is a blend of a 15-year Connecticut Maduro wrapper with 12-year-old Dominican binder and filler that’s aged with one bottle of the world’s finest cognac: Remy Martin’s Louis XIII that retails for $2,400 a bottle. Only 75 boxes are made in any given year, adding to its exclusivity along with its price tag of $30,000 per box.
The HMR is only one of the reasons Gurkha’s are known to many as the Rolls Royce of Cigars. Each Gurkha cigar provides its own unique luxurious experience.
The flagship Gurkha cigar is its best-selling cognac-infused Grand Reserve cigar. It has a silky five-year Connecticut wrapper with an aged three-year binder and filler that is packaged in a gorgeous glass tube. It rates a 91.
Another groundbreaking cigar came out on the anniversary of Gurkha putting its name on cigars, which dates back 125 years. Using a carefully chosen blend of selected tobaccos, the 125th Anniversary cigar is a blend of an oily Cubra Habano wrapper accompanied by an Ecuadorian Habano binder and a complex combination of Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Dominican fillers. This intriguing medium-bodied cigar encompasses a very smooth and complex taste profile with flavorful notes of rich tobacco and subtle hints of sweet spice, vanilla and chestnut. It was rated 96 and won the Golden Label Printing Award.
Another innovative brand is the vintage Cellar Reserve cigar. It uses the finest quality 15-year-old aged tobacco, comprised of an oily Criollo 1998 wrapper that combines an aged Dominican, Olor binder with a 15-year old Dominican filler. Housed in unique wooden boxes that aesthetically evoke a maturing wine barrel, the Cellar Reserve is a delicious medium- to full-bodied cigar that is full of flavor and complexity. It was rated 97 out of 100 and named Top 10 Cigar of the Year.
Gurkha’s Royal Challenge is also a popular cigar. It has a mild-to-medium body that’s smooth and complex. The blend is highlighted by an aged silky Connecticut/Ecuadorian shade wrapper and a Habano/Honduran binder that is perfectly complimented by Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It is rated 91 out of 100 and also a winner of the European Printing Awards.
One of the newest Gurkha cigars released is a collaborationbetween two companies with proud and long-established traditions: Gurkha and Ron Abuelo. Named ‘Private Select,’ this cigar is medium bodied with hints of cocoa and nuts. The Maduro wrapper is the perfect marriage with the sweetness of the seven-year aged Ron Abuelo rum. The fullness of toffee and cocoa flavors are accentuated from the rum, while hints of leather and earthy undertones come through with the Nicaraguan cigar. Paired with Ron Abuelo Rum or standing alone, the Private Select is inviting to any palate.
As for the East India Trading Company line, the Classic Cigar: Havana Blend is a popular choice. It has a San Andrés wrapper and the blend was tweaked 20 different times before settling on the perfection of the finished product. It’s a medium bodied, full flavor cigar with earthy, nutty undertones made in Nicaragua. This cigar is a true ‘Classic.’
More than a century ago, Gurkha cigars became one of the most famous luxury cigar brands in the whole world. The great quality and the extraordinary tobacco mix used, made these cigars an exclusive product with a balanced and stable success.Today Gurkha produces five million cigars per year. They are sold in more than 25 countries worldwide. Their Cellar Reserve was named in the Top 10 Cigar of 2012 and their 125th Anniversary cigar ranked as number 9 in 2013.
Gurkha cigars are appreciated by former President Bill Clinton, Captains of Industry such as Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, royal families, sheiks, global dignitaries, world leaders, Hollywood’s most famous celebrities and even the ultra-elite special forces, including SEAL Team Six. It’s safe to say that Gurkha’s have made a mark in history and belong carefully housed in any serious collector’s humidor.
Having extraordinary quality, premium blends of tobacco and a reputation for unparalleled excellence, Gurkha now offers 48 distinct brands. These include its core brands, limited edition brands and an entire line of innovative and affordable brands through its East India Trading Company line.
The International Headquarters of Gurkha Cigar Group Inc. is housed in a beautifully appointed facility in South Florida at 6600 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL 33321. For information, visit www.gurkhacigars.com