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There must be one good Gurkha?
Llado1 Offline
#1 Posted:
Joined: 11-17-2013
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Everytime I go on Cbid, at least half of all the auctions that day must be Gurkha cigars and they always go for a reasonable price. Now I haven't done my homework on Gurkha and with the avalanche of different blends they have it's tough to figure out which blends are bad and which are good. There must be someone that can help me sift through all the Gurkha crap for the few Gurkha cigars you would recommend? Or is my bidding time better spent somewhere else?
KingoftheCove Offline
#2 Posted:
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PM JadeRose, he is the resident Gurkha expert.
He tends to downplay his Gurkha expertise, so don't believe him when he first ignores your inquiry, or tries to tell you he doesn't know Gurkhas.
Just be persistent. You may have to PM him a few times.
gummy jones Offline
#3 Posted:
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i have a couple gurkha ghosts in my humidor that i am sitting on
plan on sitting another 6 months or so
Llado1 Offline
#4 Posted:
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KingoftheCove wrote:
PM JadeRose, he is the resident Gurkha expert.
He tends to downplay his Gurkha expertise, so don't believe him when he first ignores your inquiry, or tries to tell you he doesn't know Gurkhas.
Just be persistent. You may have to PM him a few times.



Hahahaha nice try but I know an azzhat when I see one. Frying pan
shaun341 Offline
#5 Posted:
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Stay away from the Bangkok Bang Bang and the Trinidad Tranny they make, the descriptions are deceiving.
ZRX1200 Offline
#6 Posted:
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http://robustojoe.com/cigar-blends/
danmdevries Offline
#7 Posted:
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No. There are none anybody can recommend.

Main problem being gurkhas aren't anything more than packaging. The cigars within aren't going to be the same cigars across the same model line. They'll just be cheap poorly made cigars from who knows where, and they'll get the same ring band and box art.

I had a Gurkha back in the day from a cheap sampler and didn't hate it. It burned halfway decently too. Saw a fiver on here, won for under $5 and when they got here, compared to another and it wasn't even similar visually or by touch. Didn't smoke the same either. Cut em both open, different colors and textures from each other on the inside as well.

If I told you I liked a Gurkha xxxxx and you went and bought one, no guarantee it would be like the one I liked.

So, no. If you want to smoke gurkhas you're going to just have to buy a bunch n sift through em. Or, just dont.
SMOKEYOU Offline
#8 Posted:
Joined: 10-14-2015
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I've heard the Rubicon and the cellar reserve were ok
clickbangdead Offline
#9 Posted:
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The old Blue Steels were very good, but they changed too and the quality fell off drastically. Then there was the Microbatch Lancero, which was really good, because it was actually just an AJ Fernandez stick. This were a limited release, so good luck on that. I don't bother with the brand anymore, they just aren't a good value, and you never know, once you found a good line, when they will "cost optimize" the blend so the bundles you are getting are nothing like what was before. My advice would be not to stock up.
Burner02 Offline
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Mandoman Offline
#11 Posted:
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Lotsa Gurkha love on CBid.
If they look interesting to you. give 'em a try. Only you can decide if a cigar is for you or not.
INMHO, most Gurkhas aren't worth the coin. In fact, one of the very worst cigars I ever had was a Gurkha Vintage.
However, I usually have a few Legend Aniversarios and Centurians in my humi.

So, try 'em. If you like 'em, great. If you don't, at least they didn't cost too much.
tonygraz Offline
#12 Posted:
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There are some good Gurkhas, but sometimes a good one is made later under license for a big cigar outlet and they may be a lot worse. The Blue Steel was one that some people liked, but the ones I got were lousy. Like many other cigars some of them need a rest to get better.
Llado1 Offline
#13 Posted:
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Burner02 wrote:
http://www.cigarbid.com/FORUM/c/posts/648608/Gurkha



Hahaha yep guess from all the advice I won't be stocking up on Gurkhas anytime soon. I think I'll stick with my Puro authenticos
Llado1 Offline
#14 Posted:
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danmdevries wrote:
No. There are none anybody can recommend.

Main problem being gurkhas aren't anything more than packaging. The cigars within aren't going to be the same cigars across the same model line. They'll just be cheap poorly made cigars from who knows where, and they'll get the same ring band and box art.

I had a Gurkha back in the day from a cheap sampler and didn't hate it. It burned halfway decently too. Saw a fiver on here, won for under $5 and when they got here, compared to another and it wasn't even similar visually or by touch. Didn't smoke the same either. Cut em both open, different colors and textures from each other on the inside as well.

If I told you I liked a Gurkha xxxxx and you went and bought one, no guarantee it would be like the one I liked.

So, no. If you want to smoke gurkhas you're going to just have to buy a bunch n sift through em. Or, just dont.



Same thing happened with me. My first Gurkha wasn't to bad, but ever since I joined this forum a lot of people talk about gurkha's inconsistency and I never got around to trying another. Thought I'd ask just to make sure I wasn't missing a hidden gem.
dharbolt Offline
#15 Posted:
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Llado1 wrote:
Hahaha yep guess from all the advice I won't be stocking up on Gurkhas anytime soon. I think I'll stick with my Puro authenticos



Good move. Better than any Gurkha by a long shot
99cobra2881 Offline
#16 Posted:
Joined: 11-19-2013
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Anyone try the PA belicoso vitola yet?
Buckwheat Offline
#17 Posted:
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I've heard that the only good ones are the ones that you don't smoke. ram27bat
0824 Offline
#18 Posted:
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Buckwheat wrote:
I've heard that the only good ones are the ones that you don't smoke. ram27bat

I guess all Gurkhas are excellent cigars then. lol
Mr. Jones Offline
#19 Posted:
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wayyyy
backkkkk
whennnnn
in 2006?-08???
the Legends were o.k.

recently , I like the SHAGGY END Lancero's

the best advice is what everybody has said
already....
they are inconsistent as heck...
and not very good....
WAY TOO MANY VITOLAS
frankj1 Offline
#20 Posted:
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Mr. Jones wrote:
wayyyy
backkkkk
whennnnn
in 2006?-08???
the Legends were o.k.

recently , I like the SHAGGY END Lancero's

the best advice is what everybody has said
already....
they are inconsistent as heck...
and not very good....
WAY TOO MANY VITOLAS

around that time or close to it, I smoked Regents and Symphonies and enjoyed them.
Mr Roso Offline
#21 Posted:
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There are only two good Gurkas around...
tonygraz Offline
#22 Posted:
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I've got a few good ones that they don't seem to make or sell anymore.
thurson Offline
#23 Posted:
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There was ONE. I smoked it Jan. 1st 2005. fog
QMPASH Offline
#24 Posted:
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Stick with the Shaggy or Beauty but even then, it is still a crap,shoot.
dstieger Offline
#25 Posted:
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A few weeks ago I had a 7 year old Titan (or was it Titan II?....not certain.) It was very, very good. The day I smoked my last TPB-1 was a little sad. That said, I haven't had a Gurkha bought/made in the last 6 years that I enjoyed. Back in the day, there were others that weren't terrible, but they were mixed in with a lot that were. Like looking for a nickle in a friggin minefield.
mkurt Offline
#26 Posted:
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Posts: 1,967
Some are good...most are bad...kinda like people. I find the regent torpedo to be the best gurkha. Ever, comma I mean period.
bsadler Offline
#27 Posted:
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I am part of a special tactics unit at work and we train at least once a month. We end every training with cigars and rotate who brings them. For some horrible reason Gurkhas are very popular with about a third of my team. They are constantly trying to convince the rest of us that gurkha makes good cigars. A a result I have smoked a lot of Gurkha and they have mostly been horrible.

There are a few that I have tried that were really great. I mean really really great, but I am not sure they would be good now based on consistency. For the record they were beauty and European selection maduro.

To be fair I have had plenty of cigars from other makers that were also bad. If you want to smoke some Gurkha cigars and you can get them cheap enough go for it. If you want a safe bet go for something else.

Think of it like the lottery you spend a few bucks on tickets knowing you probably will not win but IF you do get lucky it makes for a nice surprise.

ON the other hand you can get Arturo Fuente Curly Head Natural Lonsdale for $2 a piece and they are better than most gurkhas I have had. Not to mention they are very consistand
bgz Offline
#28 Posted:
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Gurkha... nh
Speyside Offline
#29 Posted:
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I like the seduction and the ghost, but think there are better cigars for the price.
cacman Offline
#30 Posted:
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According to many on other boards/forums - Over-priced Gurkhas from the B&M are much better than the same Gurkha purchased cheap on the internet.
Mithrandir Offline
#31 Posted:
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Does anyone remember the gurkha aged maduro torpedo? That was one fine cigar. had my last one around 2006 i think. Nowadays I may smoke a khan or an anniversario perfecto.Herfing
jjanecka Offline
#32 Posted:
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My experience with Gurkha ended when I first started smoking. I bought a 10-Pack of Gurkha Grand reserve perfectos from a daily special site. I saw the MSRP and was like wow $20! What a steal! Plus there was that allure in the description that the blend was soaked in some Louis. There's a sucker born every minute. Long story short I gave 5 to my cousin and his humidor got mold in it a month later. Never Again.
NoisyTutor Offline
#33 Posted:
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Posts: 258
I have a box each of the OR Empire series and they are actually pretty decent considering the brand is inconsistent. If you are interested in trying a few send me a PM and we will see what I can do.
tonygraz Offline
#34 Posted:
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The empire series was just OK, IV seemed to me to be the best of them, but I would be unlikely to buy any more. I may still have a couple buried somewhere.




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SmokeMonkey Offline
#35 Posted:
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bgz wrote:
Gurkha... nh


+1
Propadope61 Offline
#36 Posted:
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there all good after 3 to 5 years of age on them
tamapatom Offline
#37 Posted:
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Had the 125 th anniversary.....it was nice but not impressive enough to repeat or to explore brand further.
fenderbendertex Offline
#38 Posted:
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What everyone says about inconsistency is true - tried a 6-pack of the Centurians once. First one really nice. The next 3 or four pretty much exploded like joke shop cigars. The last one my buddy said was good. (Of course, the wonderful customer service team here made it right as always. ) Only other time I bought Gurkha was a fiver for 5 bucks, I think. Still some left.

And these were good enough for a President?
Cptbeard Offline
#39 Posted:
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https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-10-best-rated-cigars-in-the-world-300278667.html
RMAN4443 Offline
#40 Posted:
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Well, there ya go....it says it on the Internets, so it must be true....I can't believe how far wrong I've been.....Brick wall
RMAN4443 Offline
#41 Posted:
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Where's Cameroon, or opel(opel's been slipping)....

Welcome capt beard, do you mind if we call you captRitz?...because you seem to be something of a crack snacker...Drool
Cheno Offline
#42 Posted:
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Has a few, they sucked, although my friend enjoyed one of mine, so I guess if I have any left I will save them for him haha
midmofan Offline
#43 Posted:
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Answer: Nope, as far as I can tell. Offered a number of them over the years golfing, parties, etc. and never had a one I would buy outright. They range from bad to not-so-good. On occasion, I will buy a sample that has one in it, buy I just discount the sampler package by one cigar (if it is 8 for $10 with one Gurkha, I treat it as 7 for $10 and decide if want to buy) If I do get it I put the Gurkha in the mooch box.
Sunoverbeach Offline
#44 Posted:
Joined: 08-11-2017
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"....each of these, a must-have for the serious collector."

Guess I'm a touch less than serious. Weird collection of blends
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