Steeped in legend and rich in history, Gurkha Cigars were named after Nepalese warriors whose bravery impressed the British soldiers. The company was purchased by Kaizad Hansotia in 1989 for all of $143 with the intention of giving the cigars as unique gifts to customers of his family’s watch business. The cigars were such a big hit that Hansotia realized he was on to something. 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.
Today Gurkha produces eight million cigars per year. They are sold in more than 200 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.
They are known to many as “The Rolls Royce of Cigars” and each Gurkha cigar provides a luxurious experience different from the last. Housed in a beautifully appointed facility in South Florida, Gurkha has core brands, limited edition brands and an entire line of innovative and affordable brands through its East India Trading Company line.
While Gurkha holds the record for the world’s most expensive cigar in its His Majesty’s Reserve that retails for $25,000 a box and caters to an elite clientele from Special Forces and Navy SEAL teams, A-List celebrities, and Fortune 500 CEOs to Monarchs and Sheiks, there are many facets to this “diamond” cigar company.
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. “The amazing aroma as well as the taste of ‘His Majesty’s Reserve’ is so unique, it’s something that you will never forget,” said Hansotia.
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.
Another popular Gurkha cigar is the Royal Challenge. This cigar is mild-to-medium bodied; smooth and complex. The blend is highlighted by an aged silky Connecticut/Ecuadorian shade wrapper, 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.
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.
The newest Gurkha cigar release is a collaboration between two companies with proud and long-established traditions: Gurkha and Ron Abuelo. Named the ‘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 filler with 20 different tweakings of the blend. It’s a medium bodied, full flavor cigar with earthy, nutty undertones made in Nicaragua. This cigar is a true ‘Classic.’
Also from the East India Trading Company is the Red Witch. Named after a famous trading ship from the 1800’s, the Red Witch is a medium- to full-bodied cigar, featuring a silky Ecuadorian, Rosado wrapper, paired with a selected Dominican binder and three-year aged filler from the mountainous region of Jalapa, Nicaragua. This attractive, box-pressed cigar offers tasting notes of spice, earth and sweet delicate undertones with a long and smooth finish.
Gurkha cigars with its reputation for unparalleled excellence, features 48 distinct brands of cigars. Most well known for its super premium limited edition cigars, including the His Majesty’s Reserve, its core brands and the East India Trading Company line, Gurkha Cigar’s future is brighter than bright.