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Got one of these in a Gurkha grab bag. Nice cigar for the price. Burned well, pleasant flavor and aroma. An enjoyable mild smoke.
Love it! My favorite Gurkha. Wish CI would run a daily or weekly deal on these! How 'bout it, CI?
I've heard some not great things about Gurkha, but I've loved about every one I've had. That being said, I thought this was a bit of a let down. The draw was good and it burned smooth, but overall it wasn't an enjoyable smoke. I can't quite place it, but definitely in the bottom of this brand.
Fire proof. That's the best way to describe this'n. I've kept them at 65 for a month and even the third one of the bunch would not stay lit. A cigar is about relaxation so what if I haven't puffed in the last few minutes it should still be lit!!! Not the case with this one my friends.
Let me start by saying I am a fan of most every Gurkha I have tried...but this one was really a let down. I got a box and have smoked about 7 of them so far and I have barely made it through a half of one. They all have a very hard draw, even after being in the humidor at around 67 for about a month. The taste is what I can only compare to old damp soil. Not a pleasant smoke. I would pass on this one.
Got 2 in a grab bag, just smoked one while doing homework, It was very well constructed, good draw, and was very pleasant until it got down to the nub, then as a previous commenter noted, tasted like what I would imagine wet dirt to taste like... not what I would consider a celebration cigar... but it was a great homework cigar FWIW
First off I must say that I have only tried the Gurkha Beauty prior to this. I was at the local cigar shop today and was looking for something new to try. After a few choices, the owner sold me on a Gurkha viper. I was a bit hesitant because I personally did not like the Beauty.(BORING!) As I went out to enjoy my after Dinner smoke, I did a last minute switch between CAO Extreme to the Viper. I was VERY pleased! This is the first cigar that I have smoked down to the nub and Beyond! I was actually burning my lips.( I always thought that those reviews were
BS.) I do normally like full bodied cigars, but this is a solid medium bodied contender! Try it, you'll like it!
I like Gurkhas overall and this one was in a grab bag. I like full flavored smokes which is what most of the other Gurkhas have been (1887, Maduro). This one started off kind of harsh and like a few reviewers noted, wet-earthy, and to me a bit burnt tasting. Pleasantly surprised tho, it ended up smoothing out over the middle and became nutty, almost sweet by the end with a hint of coffee. Not bad, not great, but serviceable and decent overall.
Just got back from smoking my first Viper. The wrapper wasn't anything to write home about but with a box-press I feel that's somewhat acceptable. Definitely a medium to full body cigar with prominent spice and wood notes throughout balanced by a touch of earth and leather. End of the second third saw the earth and leather drop out to be replaced by an amazing creaminess that balanced the spice perfectly. Not the best Gurkha I've ever smoked but for the price I would say the value is strong with this one. Certainly a cigar I would keep in the humidor for a spot in rotation and sharing with friends.
This is a great smoke. Full of flavor and has a great draw. Never had to relight it. It will make my regular selection. Lots of cocoa/coffee and earthy tabacco.
I got a box of the Gurkha Viper Churchill from the make me a deal section of CI online. I loved the flavor and the draw. Past some around to some friends and we smoked them all while drinking Oban Scotch and watching football over the weekend. Fair deal from CI and worth the investment.
We love Gurkha cigars....but not this one. The Viper is not up to the standards of Gurkha as far as we are concerned. Very harsh, ashy tasting cigar. Bought 20, smoked 2, gave away 18.
The Gurkha Viper...well it is a Gurkha after all. I tend to enjoy Gurkha cigars very much; however, these were not as tasteful than I had previously anticipated. It was a good buy only being 3.50 a stick, but it could have been better. What you pay is what you get. If you want a premium, expect 8-9+. If you just want a nicer cigar to smoke in the evenings, this would be very comparable to either a Quorum, Don Jose or any cigars of those caliber. My rating would be a 3/5. Good buy none-the-less.
A very good cigar with a flavor unlike any of the Gurkha models I've smoked before, with Gurkha the make - viper the model. A 7 out of a possible 10, with 1 bad - 10 great.
Great smoke! Great draw, great light, great taste! Three great Canadians had this cigar one evening. We all decided to marry it. This is a cigar you can't go wrong with.
This was a great cigar; mild body with a good earthy aroma and flavor. Easy draw, even burn as noted by other reviews; the last bit when you get down to the nub the flavor does go bitter, but don't let that stop you from trying this cigar out. I definitely got my money's worth and will buy the Viper again in the future.
Smooth and tasty. I like it!