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Gurkha Ancient Reserve Toro

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Reviewed by: Matt Sackmann & Larry Watkins

Cigar: Gurkha Ancient Reserve Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: : Nicaraguan

Size: 6″ X 50

Construction/Appearance (10 points):

Matt » The Ancient Reserve is a rustic looking cigar with a slightly splotchy chocolate brown wrapper. The pre-light aroma is pleasant, offering earthly/leathery notes.  Construction is literally solid, consistently firm the whole length of the cigar vente de cialis en ligne. Tiny veins are visible, but aren’t anything out the ordinary.  Finally the cap is a bit rough, but does the job. – Points 9 of 10

Larry » Dark evenly colored wrapper with a slightly oily appearance.  There are veins, but not near the head of the cigar. A good looking cigar. – Points:10 of 10

Draw, Ash Quality, Burn Quality (20 points):

Matt » Draw: Considering how hard the cigar felt during pre-light, I am very satisfied with its medium draw that offers a bit of resistance.  / Ash Quality:  Solid bright white stack that fell off at the half way point. / Burn Quality:  Everything was going perfect through the first inch and a half, but suddenly started burning really hot and seemed to core, even though it didn’t appear to be.  – Points:  17 of 20

Larry » Draw: Slightly firm draw, but it allows a lot of smoke. / Ash Quality: The ash was light gray and held on fairly well. / Burn Quality:  Clean even burn with not touch ups needed. – Points: 19 of 20

Smoking Characteristics (30 points):

Matt » Start:  Being a Nicaraguan Puro, I anticipated a spicy start to this cigar, but instead it offered a lot of pine wood and almost filbert nut like bitterness. The draw produced a lot of smooth smoke.  The flavors tended to stay concentrated in the front of my mouth with a clean finish. About a quarter of an inch in the flavors became more robust and filled my pallet.  The bitterness subsided a bit more of the Nicaraguan characteristics came through: wood, leather, earth, a hint of sweetness, and a smooth pepper spice in the background that brought it all together.   / Middle: Suddenly the cigar took a drastic turn.  It started burning really hot and required several draws to keep it lit.  The flavors went bitter and harsh. It seemed to just stop and go dead.  I slowed down even more between draws, but was afraid it would burn out.  Trying to keep it lit only flooded my mouth with harsh bitter flavors, so I decided to put flame to it to get rid of the coring and catch the outside up with the inside.  That seemed to get it over the hump. Suddenly the harshness went away and the good flavors came back, but unfortunately the bitterness stayed.  / Finish: The finish was harsh and bitter.  It had a lot of potential, which is why I would like to smoke another one, but for this review, I can’t give it good marks  – Points:  20 of 30

Larry » Good medium to full bodied flavor with some pepper spiciness right from the start. As it progressed the cigar became more full bodied and complex offering rich and heavy smoke. – Points: 26 of 30

Overall Impression (40 points):

Matt » I really think this cigar has a lot of potential.  When the flavors hit their sweet spot in the first inch, I was really enjoying it.  It was balanced, flavorful and smooth with at clean finish.  When the sudden coring problem came about, that really hurt the cigar.  I have to say that I while this particular cigar didn’t work out, I do want to try another one because the flavors are there. – Points:  35 of 40

Larry » A good quality, well made cigar with a definite spiciness to the flavor that lingered after the cigar was done.  There was a few changes to the flavor as the smoke progressed.  – Points: 35 of 40

Matt’s Total Points:  81 out of 100

Larry’s Total Points: 90 out of 100

Average Score: 85.5 out of 100

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