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Gurkha Crest

Gurkha Le Grande....otherwise known as Crest.

It's true. Gurkha has more blends than you (and an entire small country) could shake a stick at. Fortunately, they're all good. They're all made from superior tobaccos and top-notch quality control measures, producing some of the finest boutique cigars money can buy. However, even among the countless top-shelf blends beneath the Gurkha umbrella, few can compare to Gurkha Crest. Under constant demand, the Crest easily ranks among Gurkha's finest creations.

To craft this masterpiece, a thick and chewy Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper aged 9+ years conceals a vintage mixture of Cuban-seed long-fillers from Nicaragua's top growing regions. Each puff yields an exceedingly rich bouquet that's velvety smooth, delivering deep, roasted flavors throughout with softer hints of leather, oak, and toast. The finish is long, chewy, and sweet, completing a veritable work of art savored by the most critical of enthusiasts. If you're looking for a Gurkha blend that will really 'wow' you, look no further than Gurkha Crest.

Note: Gurkha Crest is now available in a limited-edition Churchill size. These cigars ship in packs of 6. 

Size
Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Churchill (7.0"x52)
Pack of 12 Backordered $336.00
save $236.0070% off
$100.00
Churchill (7.0"x52)
Pack of 6 Backordered $168.00
save $113.0067% off
$55.00
XO (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Pack of 15 In Stock $412.50
save $312.5176% off
$99.99
XO (Gordo) (6.0"x60)
Pack of 5 In Stock $137.50
save $87.5064% off
$50.00
Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5 Based on 54 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Gurkha Crest”

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5 out of 5
awesome cigar awesome price
awesome cigar awesome price
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Ok
Ok
3 out of 5
Good tasting cigar
I have smoked three, and all three were great until about half way through, and the filler has burned harshly. Cut off an inch and relight and it's fine, but there's been a problem with each one thus far.
5 out of 5
Great Cigars and Great Deals
Great Cigars and Great Deals
5 out of 5
Good timing. Good price.
Good timing. Good price.
5 out of 5
Good Cigar at Unbeatable Price
This is an eminently smokeable cigar at an unbeatable price.
5 out of 5
Great cigar!
Great cigar!
4 out of 5
good cigar for the price.
good cigar for the price. seems to run more than I'd like but otherwise I'd buy again
5 out of 5
Gurkha Crest
I’m a true Gurkha fan and this Crest is an excellent smoke. CI always make it a joy to order as well.
5 out of 5
always my favorite
This is my go-to cigar for yard work or garage work, even watching sports. Others tell me they like the smell ! Whenever they are on special, I stock up.
5 out of 5
Excellent smoke
Nice draw, excellent value for the money. Humidor quality wasn’t as nice as expected but still a great deal
4 out of 5
gurka crest xo
I thought they were very good. The smoke wise a little more than medium yet mild. I really liked it.
4 out of 5
Ghurka
Good draw from a tight wrap. Starts out with a light woody flavor and finishes bold
3 out of 5
OK but just OK
I've had good success with the Gurkha and view it as a solid and reliable choice. I've often ordered when CI has a special, and that's why I tried these. They were a solid value at the sale price but just weren't that good. Not bad, just OK. Decent flavor and consistency. The construction quality was OK but not quite as good as other types in this brand. I might order it again on sals, but just might not a for-sure.
3 out of 5
Good draw
Wrappers came loose on two of the four I’ve smoked and they had a uneven burn but they were pretty smooth and tasty
5 out of 5
Great
One of the best of the best
5 out of 5
Good smoke
I really enjoyed both the price and the quality of Girka I purchase. I would highly consider purchasing again.
1 out of 5
Uneven burner
Not impressed with the flavor - and the wrapper consistently burns very unevenly. Never again on this one.
1 out of 5
Never again
Lots of caving and to harsh for me!
5 out of 5
GOVENOR'S
VERY GOOD
5 out of 5
Thick and Tasty
A nice tasty smoke
4 out of 5
Great taste
Great taste
5 out of 5
Crest....One of the best.
I've been lucky enough to score a few of these gems recently. So far, all have been excellent. Light it once, smooth even burn down to the nub, satisfying, but not too "in your face" for casual cigar smokers.
5 out of 5
Perfect
Perfect
5 out of 5
The best....can't go wrong with
The best....can't go wrong with this one!!
5 out of 5
Excellent cigar.
Excellent cigar.
4 out of 5
Gurkha Crest
It’s fresh and smooth, and burns until the end!
5 out of 5
Excellent smoke, burns just right.
Excellent smoke, burns just right. Please run the special again and I am in
4 out of 5
Very mild
Good cigar
3 out of 5
Just ok
Wasn’t impressed
3 out of 5
Decent Cigar
Build is a bit inconsistent across 10 cigars but flavor is consistently good. Draw can vary based on the build
5 out of 5
Excellent.
Excellent.
3 out of 5
Gurkha Churchill
Not as good as other Gurkha's I have smoked. a bit disappointed.
4 out of 5
Smooth
Very smooth and tasty
5 out of 5
Great Cigar at a good value
The Gurka line of cigars are really great and to find them at this low price is amazing.
4 out of 5
Ghurka crest
Nice cigar~ very enjoyable! Set aside about 1 1/2 hours for this one. Not a razor sharp burn but no real need for touch-up.
1 out of 5
Not for me
I have become a Gurka fan, assuming there is only one Gurka Cigar Company, but these Churchhill's are unpleasently hot (Spicy) and burned very poorly. I think the formation of burn is called a Mousehole. Hope this helps.
5 out of 5
great
Great
5 out of 5
This is a great Cigar!
Great all around! Smoke em right down to the end with no problem.
3 out of 5
Good stick.
Nice barnyard smell. Beautiful dark oily wrapper. Great cigar, a few of mine were damaged by the foot but other than that it was a fantastic stick. Keep it up Gurkha and cigar international!
5 out of 5
Super Gurka Crest
These Churchills were well constructed, tasty and smooth as silk from start to finish. My new favorite. Get some before they are discontinued.
3 out of 5
It's just an ok cigar.
It's just an ok cigar. It doesn't have the nice rich taste that I get from a sun grown Fuente.
5 out of 5
Very good cigar
Very good cigar
5 out of 5
Solid smoke
Solid steady smoke
5 out of 5
can't go wrong with gurka crest torpedo
WOW!!! what a great smoke it came in my brown bag sampler. just enjoyed it yesterday it is the second gurkha i have had the pleasure to enjoy one of the best cigars i have smoked from CI since i got started...
5 out of 5
Good pull
Great pull on every stick.
5 out of 5
Love the quality of choices
Love the quality of choices
5 out of 5
Quality cigar at a discount price
Great cigars at a price I still can’t believe!
3 out of 5
Hollow draw
Trying to describe the hollowness of the draw. I was puffing, but the smoke was not coming through in a smooth manner. I would not buy those again
5 out of 5
Another Winner
Great taste, easy draw, smooth and quite satisfying. Like all the other Gurkhas that I have tried, it's a winner.
5 out of 5
Gurkha Crest XO
I always enjoy Gurkha cigars. They are consistently good tasting, well burning and not harsh. Plus they always are at a good price point. Crest xo is no exception a great smoke for the price and an enjoyable cigar that you look forward to.
1 out of 5
Bad cigar.....BAD!
Bad cigar....soft spots everywhere, pre light draw was way too loose. Harsh taste. Smoking it was not enjoyable. Burns uneven, ash would flake off easy. Did not smoke the whole thing, couldnt. Life is too short to suffer through a bad cigar. Have 9 more and dont know if I will ever smoke another one. Maybe I will try one in a few years if I keep em that long. Dont want to take up space in my humidor for such a horrible cigar.
5 out of 5
Good cigar.
Good smoke, mild and fresh.
Customer Testimonials
Ordered a huge sample pack. Got my shipment yesterday. Smoking the Crest on my porch while writing a school paper. Great taste, very smooth and cool smoke. Only problem I have(not huge at all and may just be the cut I made or this particular stick) is that the foot produces a nice thick cloud of smoke but the draw only has just a little bit. Other than that I am enjoying it and am glad I have a 5 pack.
Decent stick but not one of Gurkhas best by any means. Subtle sweetness with earthy tones. Uneven burn...gonna let them sit a while & see if they improve. Received in a sampler & would stay away from these @ normal price. I'm a $3 stick all day.
I tried this cigar because of the description and it was on sale, and I must say I was not disappointed. I love this cigar, especially the flavor at the end of the draw though I can't exactly describe what it tastes like. Just bought another box!
Gurkha Crest Salomon is a medium bodied cigar. Dominant flavor's are of earth , dry cocao, dark roasted coffee, and hints of creamed coffee. Finish was long which coats ure pallette with a dark roasted coffee and dry cocoa flavor. Draw firm initially but did open up to plenty of smoke. Construction was good, even burn line, required a minor touch up or two. Overall a good offering from Gurkha. I tend to fall back to Gurkha for their maduros, always hits the spot. I rate a 90 on my book
Just tried one of the XO version and what nice smoke. From the pre light to the nub, this cigar delivers hints of cocoa, and a sweet earthiness. I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar and can't wait to try the other 4 I have. One thing bad about the cigar is it did not burn even for me.
Overall scale 1-10? I'd give it a 7. Definitely one of the nicer smokes out there. Lit easily, a bit harsh on the light; fully expected. Toasty aromas, flavor ranging from pepper to dark toast. The finish left an arid feel in my mouth, not unpleasant, followed by a full-bodied, oily aftertaste. I burned this one with a whiskey on the rocks, a perfect compliment to the robust finish. These aren't cheap, so would I purchase a bunch? There's so much good product out there for less, but I'll tell you what, I'll never turn one down in trade!
Smoked a 5-pack after 4 months in the humi. Not a bad cigar.... Average flavor, slightly uneven burn. Positives: they look GREAT and are well constructed (note the aforementioned uneven burn, though). The Centurian, which has a comparable blend, is MUCH more flavorful.
Ok so there is a lot of Gurkha hate out there and it may but justly deserved but not on this cigar. I smoked this right out of the truck. Prelight it was very oily and had a very pleasant smell. I am a veteran living in New Mexico so I am very familiar with what a good ripe pepper should taste like. On my first draw of this cigar I gasped on my exhale with a WOW. It had a true green pepper taste as if it came from my garden. No spice just a sweet green pepper taste. I am half way through and some chocolate just exploded in my mouth. This is a very fine stick. Now I am a disabled vet and my money is limited so I bought mine on that (cigar bid)ding web site for 1/4th the price CI sells for on here. Very nice stick. I'll be buying more for sure.
I bought the Gurkha Crest & Blue Steel combo tin when CI was providing free shipping for the entire order (also bought a box of CAO Cameroon Anniversaries and a box of Hemingway Signatures, my all time faves). Recently pulled them out of the tin as I had some room on one of my loose cigar shelves and smoked one of the Crests. Absolutely wonderful smoke. Might not be worth the list price, but at $90 for a box of 10, I'll add them to the rotation with my Hemingways and CAOs. They are at least the equal of the CAO Italias and Brazilias and far superior to the Padilla Hybrids I smoke when riding the mower over the back half acre. I can't wait for it to warm up again so I can try a Gurkha Blue Steel.
I bought this from C.I. as a single. Very disappointed. I think it was a problem with that one cigar though. I took the cigar out of the wrapper and the leaf was practically falling off. No humidification problems on my end. I would love to re-try this cigar but will wait and see if I can pick it up for cheaper. My only negative review on this site so far, absolutely love CI!!
The Crest with it's price tag, well I guess I was expecting more. As one of the other Fans said it's a middle of the road at best. I'm currently on the last of the 6x60 I have. Great taste maybe medium in body, but I've had the majority of the ones I've smoked (20+) burn very uneven and had to keep the torch nearby to correct. If you catch it on sale give her a try.
I lit up a Gurkha Crest XO (6" 60 ring) honker after it had settled down a week or two in my standup humidor. Cut off just enough to have a nice tight draw. The first puff, second puff, third puff, with each puff my chin kept rising to where this classic cigar was vertical and I was smoking it like a PIPE !!! Nicaraguan not inlike CAO Brazilia complexity kept my head tipped back, especially that XO 60 ring - the only way to smoke this jem. The other feedback may be one of the 52 ring versions which obviously takes a weaker hand. The XO burned very well as one would expect a Gurkha to smoke. I thought the XO Beast was a classic Dominican fantastic smoke but this XO Crest provides mindboggling Nicaraguan complexity. Another absolutely TOP SHELF 60 ring Gurkha impossible to find any finer !!!
I smoked this cigar after it sat for 3 weeks in my humi. I didn't really get a lot of flavors out of this one, but it had a certain sweetness that kept me going all the way down to the nub. I have another one and will probably let that one sit for a long time before enjoying. I can't say it was great and I can't say it sucked, it was middle of the road enjoyable.