‘Please be seated when smoking this cigar; not for the amateur,’ explains Hansotia. Still, the cigar never crosses over into harshness or bitterness, Hansotia says, adding, “it’s an incredibly smooth smoke.”
Gurkha G3 is available in a single 6″ x 52 frontmark and is priced at $178 for a box of 20. The box itself is a black genuine leather binocular-style case with edge stitching and a wrap-around strap with snap closure to secure the lid. Felt-lined tubes hold 10 cigars each.
Beach Cigar has also debuted the second release of two cigars originally introduced at RTDA 2005. Only 1,000 boxes each of the original Gurkha Beast and Gurkha Titan were produced and sold out within 10 months, prompting a second 1,000-box limited release. “We’re calling them Beast II and Titan II,” says Hansotia, “but the blends are unchanged.”
Suggested retail for the 6 1/2 x 52 Beast II is $700 per box of 35; the 6 1/2 x 50 Titan II is $750 for 31 cigars. Packaging for the Titan consists of a high-tech aircraft aluminum box with swing-up doors holding two trays of eight cigars each; a corrugated box holds another 15 for subsequent refilling. The Beast comes in a conventional black lacquer box with metallic magnetic closure for the lid and a metallic plaque inside the lid.
A new catalog featuring the entire Gurkha line is available to retailers directly or by contacting the company’s local representatives.