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If you like mild cigars, the Beauty is just ok. I can think of a hundred others that are better (EPC New Wave, Oliva Connecticut, Man O' War Virtue Mini Salmon, Rocky Patel Signature, San Lotano Connecticut....just to name a few). But if you like Gurkha, you'd probably like this cigar. Me? A lot of air and little flavor, not for me.
Wonderful! Smooth, mild, consistent all the way through! Lots of pleasant smoke with each draw.
Buy these when they are on sale, (my regret is that i didn't purchase a lot more). Excellent medium bodied cigar. It rates an A in all categories, except standard pricing which shows these at $595.00 /25 which puts them out of reach for most. As a very acceptable alternative try the Stratus or Blue Steel from Gurkha. Both a lot less money and real close to these.
Too mild and bland for me.
After wanting to try a Beauty for about 2 years, I finally got my hands on a 5 pack of the Beauty XO 6 by 60.
Started out very mild, and worked it's way to a medium by the halfway point. First cigar I have smoked that I have removed the band before loosing the ash. Very well made, and a perfect burn. Couldn't ask for a better cigar. When you get ready for a Beauty, sit down with a nice drink, and get ready for a 1.5 to 2 hour commitment. Take your time, and don't rush it, or Beauty will get a little harsh.
I didn't care for this cigar, but after a couple more I decide I really do like it. It's mellow and will burn harsh if you draw fast but other then that it's amazing.
After burning 2 sticks I have to agree with others who say it is quite bland (even for a mild). I would venture to guess if you're a Gurkha fan and like very mild cigars (and I do like them in general) then you will probably be somewhat satisfied. I say somewhat because for the price for these, there are indeed better to be had (Oliva CT comes to mind).
Not to pick nits or anything, but is there more than one variety of blend offered of the Gurkha "Beauty"? I pick up a box of salomons every couple of months for when the mood strikes to have a nice mild blend. They easily hit the mark in that area for me. If you catch a sale you can get the box for 50 bones - WAY more than fair, again, i.m.h.o...
The first non-Acid cigar that my wife has ever claimed to enjoy the smell of! Excellent flavor (I consistently get a hazelnut taste) and nice, mild body.
Just my opinion...When it comes to a Connecticut Wrapper, this it what it should be. The Beauty is so creamy it is like using heavy whipping cream in your coffee or tons of butter on your toast. Your mouth fills with a light, creamy taste and never stops all the way to the nub. The wrapper is smooth like a baby's behind. A real pleasure to hold and smoke anytime of the day or night. I would rate this cigar a 94, just about as good as you can get.
This is a really good cigar. Buy'em up in the samplers or if they go on sale.
After smoking the Gurkha Titans, Centurions, Beasts,etc. I expected a little more from the Beauty XO with all the hype I read about. Don't get me wrong, the Beauty is a very mild, smooth, even burning smoke, but lacked the flavor I am used to from Gurkha. So I ask myself, would I go out of my way to order these, no...but I would be glad to get one or two in a sampler pack once in a while. On a scale of 1 to 10 it's an 8 in my book.
I'm smoking my third Beauty....all three that I've smoked have an intense biting spiciness from the start that I find to be a bit severe for what is said to be a mild smoke. It's good, I love the draw, I love the ring size and the long, tight ash on every stick....it's consistent, but it isn't a mild taste and that's not a bad thing, it just isn't wasn't I was led to expect from this Gurkha. Enjoy!
Good morning cigar, light on flavor, lots of smoke, great aroma. Creaminess goes good with coffee
To me, this was a creamy, mild, mellow smoke. The wrapper was a true beauty, and , of course, smoked perfectly. The result was a tasty treat for me, even though I usually prefer something heavier with hints of pepper, chocolate, or coffee. In all, obvious quality and very pleasant mild cigar. Would I pay retail price for 1? Not as long as I could buy a Gurkha Ninja for just a few bucks
Wasn't impressed. rolled way too tight, nearly impossible to draw. flavor was mild, but I barely got a taste because I had to draw so hard for a little bit of smoke, eventually I just gave up on it and lit a different Gurkha.
this is a great mild smoke the taste is creamy wit a sweet after taste.It is a bit pricey but the folks at CI make them easy to get in sample packs .Into this cigar the flavors hint up a bit of spice but stay sweet through out.I like to smoke Camacho corojo ,cohiba,ava maria,punch and victor sinclare maduro .I like fuller flavor smokes, but for a mild this tastes awesome!Nice tight ash ,draw is a little tight but not all that bad,mouth full of flavor on every pull .I liked the gurkha blue steel but cant find them any more .Foe me this is the mild smoke I have been looking for .Hey CI ,like allways you guys rock .If this samplers still on sale at end of the week ,Ill be ordering more!!!
Bought the 20 bundle on sale expecting a mid grade cigar. They were way to tight to even smoke and zero flavor when you pulled like crazy. I am not a high end smoker (Flor De Oliva) so when I say you cannot smoke them they are not very good. 14 of the 20 were traded away for 5 Olivas.
Bought 20 thought they might be a steal @ 3$ ea. three out of five were plugged so tightly
I could not light them. Will leave them for one more month in humi. Then in the garbage
they go! Live and learn. Would not recommend.
I got these for $2.50 a stick in a weekly special. I like them better than most mild smokes, especially for that price. They are well constructed, tasty and they burned great. I won't complain about them being "bland" because they are a mild smoke. They aren't supposed to overpower. I would definitely not purchase these at anything over $4 per stick. If you are looking for a great mild smoke and these are on sale buy them up, but if not its hard to beat rocky patel connecticut at the $3-$4 price range or some oliva connecticut reserves.
I completely agree with MH. I'm almost universally full or med-full smoker, so wouldn't touch this simply based on the mild description, but after trying the Black Beauty, I have to say I prefer this stick. Can't believe I said that! Goes to show that taste is individual, sometimes even by the person AND the stick. I didn't take this out of my mouth until 1" and really enjoyed it's creaminess, hazel nuttiness, and increasing spiciness. I am also very leery of Gurkha due to marketing over-hype and pricing, so was quite surprised to enjoy this stick as much as I did. Excellent first stick of the day...as long as not at the regularly listed prices.
Love these but they tend to have burn issues....
Love the Beauty! It's a creamy, nutty, and mild treat. Great taste all the way through. Be sure to buy if there's a sale!
Gurkha Beauty XO (6 x 60)...CI describes this as "A Work of Art"...maybe, but I'm not going to hang it on the wall or put it on a pedestal. I'm going to burn it! The first 3rd was very dry, grassy tasting and left a cotton mouth finish. The second 3rd transitioned to a slight spiciness and the dryness diminished. Still somewhat grassy in taste. The burn went lopsided and required two touch ups because it would not self correct (3/4" difference from side to side). At the start of the last 3rd it began to tunnel and required a further touch up....
Just received a 10 pack yesterday and lit one up before putting the rest in the humi. Same experience as a few others regarding the draw. Almost like a thick milkshake...mmmmm...milkshakes are great but made the overall experience a bit meh. Nice mild flavors but minimal smoke (due to the draw?). I'll let them marinate a while and try again. Cheers!
Bought these on sale. They're ok, but age poorly. Same problem with Titans. After aging the draw is poor, and the wrapper falls apart while smoking. Buy on sale and smoke them quick.
I am a newcomer to cigar appreciation. I bought a sampler that included a Gurka Beauty. The first thing I noticed was it was wrapped in plastic as were the other nine. It was a smooth smoke, but continued to burn unevenly. I re-lit it three times before giving up....
Very mild at the start, the draw is great. I tend to like mild cigars and this one was not bad at all. Q: Would I try it again? A: Yes, without a doubt.
Bought a 10 pack of these on special about a year ago and split them with a buddy at work. The first had burn issues and wouldn't stay lit. The second did much better. Now, a year later, I'm enjoying the third. Halfway in, perfect burn, good mild flavors like a bread. The ash holds on for days. The only negative I have is that it requires a double or triple puff to get good smoke out of it. If you're a fan of milder sticks, give these a try. Don't pay full price though.
I normally go for a heavier smoke, but the Connecticut wrapper was calling to me today from my heavily Maduro favored humidor. Smoked about as advertised, butter & toast for the first third, then a pleasant spice developed up to about the half way mark then remained constant. Ash held well almost to the first ring, then began to burn a little uneven, but self corrected. Slight sweetness came in & out thru the entire smoke. All in all a pleasant offering with no harshness I've associated with other Gurhka offerings. Not sure I'd buy at msrp, but well worth picking up a few if they can be got on sale.