“Our goal was to duplicate the 1957 Cuban Bolivar character as closely as possible,” reports Kaizad Hansotia, president and c.e.o. of Beach Cigar Group, producer of Gurkha cigars in the Dominican Republic. “1957 was a benchmark year for the Bolivar, for its opulent flavor and heady body. Connoisseurs and our retailers agree we have succeeded in closely approximating this classic Havana. Thompson Cigar Co. essentially promotes it as a ÔCuban cigar’ in their catalog.”
Gurkha Cigars, originally formed as a 19th Century British company in India, prides itself in being called the “Rolls Royce of Cigars,” having historically commanded the highest prices of any cigars worldwide.
This year’s combined output of the three new Master Select shapes is limited to 3,000 boxes worldwide. The filler and binder tobacco is Cuban-seed Dominican leaf and includes liberal amount ligero in the filler. The wrapper is an aged, tawny-gold Connecticut shade leaf. Hansoitia says that Master Select- like the 1957 Bolivar – are intense, powerful cigars, and are only intended for seasoned palates. The cigars are warehouse-aged for a full seven months.
Retail box pricing for 25 Robustos is $180; Churchills and Torpedos are both $210. All prices are at keystone. The cigars come naked and tied with an Indian linen sling. The inside box lid bears a cloth label, while the red cedar boxes are all numbered for authenticity and carry a guarantee seal.