Selecting and blending rare tobaccos is a grueling process, a skill desired by many and perfected by few. A true master of such tobaccos is K. Hansotia of Gurkha Cigars. His appetite for crafting the most interesting cigars in the world is not easily satisfied, as he continually produces distinctive small-batch blends. Case in point: the Gurkha Elegance.
Utilizing an extremely rare 7-year Connecticut wrapper, the Elegance is limited to a mere 800 boxes per year. Now that’s what I call boutique my friend. This near flawless wrapper houses a balanced core teeming with Dominican long-fillers and Connecticut binder. But don’t judge this book by its cover, as this seemingly mild creation delivers a well-rounded medium-bodied bouquet of buttery smooth nuances, highlighted by a creamy finish. From time to time expect a dash of spice to enter the fray, perfectly accentuating the intoxicatingly smooth blend. Highly enjoyable and smooth down to the nub, the Elegance is an ultra-rare indulgence worth partaking in.
“The Elegance Churchill is part of the Gurkha Mild & Mellow Sampler II which seems a great value even at its standard price. All in all this is a very nice relaxing smoke with solid construction, an easy draw and good flavor. It's slow burning, if a bit uneven at times, with a white flaky ash. Leans more toward mild than mild-medium in my opinion, and is VERY smooth with just a slight pepper burn toward the nub. Perhaps because of its mellower Dominican filler, I prefer Elegance over the Symphony (Nic filler), but after just one cigar I'm not yet convinced that it's worth its usual 5-pack or box price. It's definitely one to grab when on special if you like a smooth, mild but flavorful Connecticut without a strong aftertaste. I'm anxious to smoke the last two after a bit more aging, along with the other three blends in the sampler. Please keep up these great deals on premium cigars, CI!”
CP of Monument, CO
“Gurkha Elegance Churchill is a mild to medium bodied cigar. Dominant flavors was of cream vanilla molass n tobacco. Finish was semi long which left a nutty cream flavor on your palette. Construction was good with good burn n plenty of smoke output. Overall I rate a 92”
VF of margate, FL
“As with the other Gurkha cigars ive had from CI, I found the elegance to be overly dry and the wrappers had imperfections that I havent seen in other top shelf cigars. Tasted the same as the symphony that i had, bitter and bland. Another disappointment from CI's Gurkha line-up.”
MN of Chesnee, SC
“I got this cigar in a Gurkha Grab Bag.... Let me say, this cigar was worth every penny for the cost of that grab bag deaL. EXCELLENT Cigar. I would recommend it to anyone. I am a Gurkha fan but this one just hit the spot.
RG of Tupelo, MS
“I have had a couple of these in samplers and they are ever bit as good as the other reviewers say they are. They last fairly long and have a definite creamy aroma throughout the smoke. My only small critique is that the balance of spice towards the end of the stick is not as even and toned as I would expect for such a premium stick. It's not harsh, so much as it was from almost nothing to "bam!" spicy...the wrapper stays strong to the end, as something as rare as this wrapper should. I will continue to get them in samplers and grab bags when I can, as I don't feel it is worth $14 a stick but I like that the quality makes them want to sell it at that price...”
“I would say it's a mild smoke. Almost at the end it tends to get a little spicy. There is a lot of smoke from the start to the end. It's an ok smoke all the way. 7/10 in my list trying to be fair.”
RM of Arroyo, PR
“Just finished my first Gurkha Elegance and honestly I was impressed. I had it sit in the humidor for about 2 months before I smoked it. I'm glad I did it was mild without any hints of medium but the flavor was good and creamy. I smoked mine with a buddy who doesn't smoke often but he enjoyed it as well. He took a long time between puffs and his didn't burn even at all. I kept chugging away on mine and it burned razor sharp for a good 90 mins. It is not my everyday cigar but if you are looking for something mild yet tasty this should fit the bill.”
JB of Colorado Springs, CO
“This was hands down the smoothest cigar I have ever smoked. It was deliciously mild and tasted of butter and unsalted cashews. Occasionally, there would be a delightful hint of cream as well that kept the palate engaged with the cigar down to the nub.”