Both the orange band Sherpa and the green band Sherpa Diablo are made by the same Honduran craftsmen as the company’s extremely rare and costly Gurkha cigars. “Gurkha has set a level of consistent quality and performance with the His Majesty’s Reserve, the world’s most expensive production cigar,” says company president Kaizad Hansotia. “Smokers of the value-priced Sherpas deserve the same value for their dollar as those who spend $250 for an HMR.”
The Sherpa is medium-bodied, made with an Indonesian-grown Sumatran wrapper and Dominican filler and binder. The medium-full bodied Sherpa Diablo has a Brazilian wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaraguan filler. Both are offered in five shapes: Presidente (8 1/2 x 52), Churchill (7 x 50), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52), Toro (6 x 50), and Robusto (4 1/2 x 50).
Packed in bundles of 25, Sherpa’s suggested retail prices range from $39.95 (Robusto) to $55.95 (Torpedo), at keystone. Retailers may order Sherpa at wholesale from Cigars International (888-244-2780, www.cigarinternational.com), which purchased the entire initial production run of both cigars.