Gurkha Castle Hall Sumatra is a vibrant cigar that gives off a wonderful crisp aroma of well-aged tobaccos. I love the texture of the wrapper – coarse, thick and a little oily. The cap is applied perfectly and helps lead to a flawless cut. As I toast the foot I instantly pick up on a pleasantly mellow aroma that seems to have a little bit of zest to it. The cigar opens with a blast of creaminess, unloading clouds of thick grey smoke throughout the office. After each puff, a subtle hint of nuts remains, almost like peanuts - a sign of Cameroon. Other than the initial creaminess, the flavors seem relatively tame - smooth sailing, right up to the midway point, where the cigar seems to progress into a robust, fuller-bodied smoke. The Cuban-seed Honduran leaves start to shine through with that lovely ‘Habano twang’ hitting the back of my palate. Now, Brandon classifies this cigar as medium-bodied, but I beg to differ. I’ll agree that it is nice and mellow, but that’s just the first half. The second half has gotten me every time with a big, powerful finish, leaving me glassy-eyed and satisfied. More unexpected than overpowering, Castle Hall is a classic representation of well-balanced strength. Whereas many fuller-bodied cigars focus primarily on strength, Castle Hall was crafted to grow stronger as it burns, while keeping the flavor proportional to its power. Me likey.