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Staff Reviews for Gurkha Symphony

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by Steve R

Those of you that know me are well aware of my love for Gurkha cigars. I can easily look you straight in the eyes and say that I’ve yet to find a disappointing Gurkha. Granted, I haven’t smoked them all (yet), but I’ve definitely had my fair share. Kaizad Hansotia, the man behind Gurkha, came out with some new lines with K. Hansotia secondary bands. Of course, I had to try them all. The mildest of these is the Symphony, and since I prefer medium to full, I tried this one last.

Ok, let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. This cigar is gorgeous. It has a pale, silky Connecticut shade wrapper that’s been flawlessly applied. The initial light produces a pleasant aroma. A little woody, and very mellow. Right off the bat, the smoke fills my mouth with a thick, velvety texture that seems to coat my palate. The flavors are creamy and light. I notice a cedary-ness that’s complemented nicely with some spice. Not too much though, not as much as your ordinary Kaizad handmade. Considering his Centurian is one of my favorite cigars, I am not used to this. It uses a powerful, all-Dominican blend of filler leaves, which makes me expect a rich, rich flavor. It’s rich, yes, but not Perdomo or Indian Tabac rich. Truth be told, it smokes like an Avo or Davidoff, and I actually forgot what I was smoking halfway through. It’s pretty mellow, with a distinct creaminess that offers hints of wood and nuts. I think I found a new mild recommendation for my ‘not so price sensitive’ customers. Just one recommendation though. Store them at about 65% percent. The thick filler leaves absorb a lot of moisture that can lead to a funny burn. Other than that, this pretty girl gets the homecoming crown!

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