The new Gurkha Expedition is an extension of the Gurkha Master Select line, which sold out at the 2002 RTDA tobacco trade show. “Sales were up 60% over last year’s show,” reports Kaizad Hansotia, president and c.e.o. of Beach Cigar. “We’re backordered three months on the new Master Select Cameroon maduro. It was designed to capture the essence of the 1957 Cuban Bolivar, a benchmark year for this pre-Castro Havana, notable for its power and opulent taste.
“Many compare the Master Select Cameroon maduro favorably with the new Partagas Black, with some saying the Master Select is stronger, with more taste.”
The Honduran-made Expedition comes in four classic shapes: Rothschild, Toro, Churchill, and Torpedo. Hansotia says the strength is “medium, with a subtlety to the flavor and aroma that requires meticulous blending of the three varieties of tobacco in the all-Dominican filler.” The binder is Indonesian, while the Connecticut shade wrapper is “a tawny natural, and is silky, with fine veins,” says Hansotia.
The Expedition can’t match the exquisite flavor and aroma of Gurkha’s ultra-elite His Majesty’s Reserve line, which is aroma-enhanced with $1,200- a-bottle Louis XIII cognac. But, it doesn’t share the $5,000 per box price tag, either. Suggested retail pricing for Expedition averages $90 per box of 24 cigars. This is half that of the other Master Select. The 100% long-filler, handmade Expedition is presented in a “safari packaging” design.