Manufacturer Spotlight – Gurkha

Gurkha, the Rolls Royce of Cigars (self proclaimed), has an interesting history.  Gurkha (Beach Cigar Company) is helmed by Kaizad Hansotia, who is a man with a penchant for the flamboyant and luxurious.  Gurkha is known for the intricate humidors and product presentation, almost more so than their cigars.

But Gurkha is a Jekyll and Hyde-type company.  It boasts two of the most expensive cigars made today (His Majesty’s Reserve and the original Black Dragon), and yet is known to be a wholesale brand with many, many internet “exclusives”.  I  personally think that between Rocky Patel and Gurkha, there must be over a 100 Internet Exclusive lines out there.  The MSRP on Gurkha cigars is very high, yet you can always find massive discounts on them online.  This has always rubbed Brick and Mortar retailers the wrong way and to this, Gurkha has found it hard to get their “regular” product into cigar shops across the country.

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Below is a list of the brands available from Gurkha.  Because Gurkha products are so heavily wholesaled, it is hard to determine if anything they make has been discontinued, so I will not include that designation in the descriptions.  Most are internet exclusives and begs the question; can one really make that many blends (94 currently)?  Are many rebanded and renamed?  You be the judge.

Gurkha

  • Gurkha Ancient Reserve - available in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan wrapper.
  • Gurkha Ancient Warrior – available in 4 sizes with a Brazilian wrapper.
  • Gurkha Archive 1887 – available in 3 sizes with a CBL wrapper.

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  • Gurkha Assassin – available in 5 sizes with a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.

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  • Gurkha Avenger G5 – very strong, available in 2 sizes with a dark Nicaraguan wrapper.
Gurkha Avenger G5

Gurkha Avenger G5

  • Gurkha Black Dragon – initially a several hundred dollar cigar, it has been reblended with a CT Broadleaf wrapper in 3 sizes.
  • Gurkha Evil – available in 4 sizes with a Brazilian wrapper.
Gurkha Evil

Gurkha Evil

  • Gurkha G3 – a triple ligero blend in one size with a dark Nicaraguan wrapper.
  • Gurkha Grand Age – available in a beautiful trunk humidor in one size with a Cameroon wrapper.
  • Gurkha Havana Legend – features a Nicaraguan wrapper in 4 sizes.  New in 2009.
  • Gurkha Master Select – available in 11 sizes with a Habano 2000 wrapper.
  • Gurkha Master Select Maduro – available in select sizes with a Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Monogram – available with a Connecticut Shade wrapper in 4 sizes.  New in 2009.
  • Gurkha Nautilus – in 4 sizes with a Nicaraguan H2000 wrapper.  New in 2009.
  • Gurkha Regent – available in 5 sizes with a H2000 wrapper.
  • Gurkha Signature Black 1887 – available in one size with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Signature Red 1887 – available in one size with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • Gurkha Vintage Shaggy – available in 4 sizes with a 8-year old Dominican wrapper and a shaggy foot.
Gurkha Vintage Shaggy

Gurkha Vintage Shaggy

  • Gurkha Warlord – presented in an exquisite treasure chest, available in one size with a Nicaraguan wrapper.
Gurkha Warlord

Gurkha Warlord

Gurkha Limited Releases and Small Batchestrue limited releases from Gurkha.  Several come from a limited edition humidor.

  • Gurkha Art Deco – released in 2007, this 2 size blend featured Pre-Embargo filler and Louis XIII Cognac infusion to a 12 year-old Cameroon Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Beast – only 1000 made annually, finished with a dark 8-year old Costa Rican wrapper.
  • Gurkha Beauty – tubed, available in one size with a 7-year old Ecuadorian CT wrapper.  Only 500 boxes made.
  • Gurkha Black Dragon Tubo – made with a 5-old Cameroon binder and an 8-year old CT Broadleaf wrapper.  Only 300 boxes made per year.
  • Gurkha Blendmaster’s Vintage 1991 – part of the Gurkha Commemorative Warrior’s Chest Humidor, this cigar features a vintage Connecticut Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Chancellor – part of the Gurkha Commemorative Warrior’s Chest Humidor, this cigar was supposedly rolled in 2001 with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Crest – aged 8-years featuring a triple ligero blend and a CT Broadleaf wrapper.
  • Gurkha Crest L’Grand – only 250 boxes produced, this Double Corona is made with a 9-old Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.
  • Gurkha Dragonfire – available in one size with a shaggy foot featuring a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Dragon Fury – a strong blend with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.  Available only in the Double Corona size.
  • Gurkha Elegance – only 800 boxes released, available with a 7-year aged Connecticut wrapper in the Double Corona size.
Gurkha Elegance

Gurkha Elegance

  • Gurkha Elite Maduro – these nub shaped cigars offer a tweaked Black Dragon blend.
  • Gurkha Factum – this “accomplishment” is available in one size with an aged Cameroon wrapper.
  • Gurkha Legend – only 800 boxes available annually.  Available in 3 sizes with a Cameroon binder and a 7-year old Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.
  • Gurkha Ninja – features a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha NY Para la Gente – a New York State exclusive offered in three sizes.
  • Gurkha Rare Breed – part of the Gurkha Commemorative Warrior’s Chest Humidor, this cigar with a vintage Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • Gurkha Red Dragon – one size with a Cameroon wrapper and binder.

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  • Gurkha Seduction - features a Brazilian wrapper in 3 sizes.
  • Gurkha Special Ops – this one size line features an aged Costa Rican wrapper.
  • Gurkha Status – mild, available in two sizes tubed with a Connecticut shade wrapper.
  • Gurkha Status Maduro – available in 2 sizes with a 5-year old Broadleaf wrapper.
  • Gurkha Titan – only 1000 boxes a year, same blend as the Beast but with more ligero finished with a dark 8-year old Costa Rican wrapper.
  • Gurkha Triad – the natural version retails for 50 bucks…
  • Gurkha Triad Platinum – but the maduro version retails for twice that!
  • Gurkha Viper - one size in a Dominican wrapper.
  • Gurkha Warrior’s Legacy 1995 – part of the Gurkha Commemorative Warrior’s Chest Humidor, this cigar features a vintage Cameroon wrapper.

Gurkha Internet Exclusives – Gurkha seems to be most friendly with Cigars International/Cigars.com but other exclusives have appeared at other online stores as well.

  • Gurkha Aged Cameroon – the original internet exclusive, this perfecto featured an aged Cameroon wrapper.  It was a very good cigar.
  • Gurkha Ancient Warrior LTD – an odd Double Corona with a huge foot band, it featured a Brazilian blend with a light CT wrapper.  This is not to be confused with the current Ancient Warrior.
  • Gurkha Black Puro – a “small batch” cigar made with a jet-black Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Blue Steel - limited to “50,000″ cigars, this come sin 3 sizes with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Boer – available in one size with a Cameroon wrapper.
  • Gurkha Centurian – originally made for the Sultan of Brunei, these perfectos feature an 8-year old Connecticut wrapper.
  • Gurkha Colorado – a seven size blend with a Nicaraguan wrapper.
  • Gurkha Connecticut Reserve – a very mild smoke, made by the Toranos, featuring a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • Gurkha Empire Series I – one size featuring a Honduran Habano wrapper.
  • Gurkha Empire Series II – one size featuring a dark Connecticut wrapper.
  • Gurkha Empire Series III – one size featuring a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Empire Series IV – one size featuring a Brazilian Aripiraca wrapper.
  • Gurkha Empire Series V – one size featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • Gurkha Empire Series VI – one size featuring a Brazilian wrapper.
  • Gurkha Expedition 1887 – available in 4 sizes with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • Gurkha Doble Maduro – features a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Enigma – a special edition barber-pole torpedo.
  • Gurkha European Selection – available in either Habano, Connecticut or Maduro wrappers.
  • Gurkha Fuerte – features a ’96 Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.  Only 50,000 cigars made.
  • Gurkha Gold – available in the Toro size with a “dark” Connecticut wrapper.  Formerly the K. Hansotia Gold Blend.
  • Gurkha Grand Envoy – available in two sizes with a dark Connecticut-seed wrapper.
  • Gurkha Grand Master Dos Capas – a large barber-pole style cigar.  Very mild with Connecticut Shade and Broadleaf wrappers.
  • Gurkha Green Dragon – available in one size with a Cameroon wrapper.
  • Gurkha Havana Selection – comes in 3 sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • Gurkha Havana Selection Maduro – comes in three sizes with a CBL wrapper.
  • Gurkha Holy Grail – available in one size with an 11-year aged blend in a spectacular little, uh, box thingy.
  • Gurkha Legend Anniversario – available in a perfecto only, an extension of the Legend line, this blend has been aged 8 years and capped off with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.
  • Gurkha Marqueza – available in 5 sizes with a Brazilian wrapper.
  • Gurkha Micro-Batch C-10 – available in the Churchill size with a ’02 Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • Gurkha Micro-Batch TPB-1 – available in the toro size with an ’04 Nicaraguan Habano wrapper.
  • Gurkha Micro-Batch S-2 -available in the torpedo size with an ’04 Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.
  • Gurkha Micro-Batch VH-7 – available in the lancero size with an ’04 Nicaraguan Habano wrapper.
  • Gurkha Pre-Embargo – another exclusive, sold unbanded with supposedly pre-embargo Cuban tobacco in the filler.
  • Gurkha Raider – available in 3 sizes with either a Connecticut, Maduro or Habano wrapper.
  • Gurkha Rare Breed (Bundle) - available in 4 sizes with wither a Connecticut or Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Regent Nepalese Warrior – available in one size this is the Regent blend with a Cameroon wrapper.
  • Gurkha Royal Brigade – a combination of two cigars, the filler of the Centurian and the Cameroon wrapper from the Nepalese Warrior.  Made by the Toranos.
  • Gurkha Royal Reserve Corniche – same blend as the cognac-infused Royal Reserve except without the Cognac.  Available in 2 sizes with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.
Royal Corniche

Royal Corniche

  • Gurkha Signature ’101′ Maduro – available in one size with a Costa Rican Maduro wrapper.  Formerly the K. Hansotia Signature 101 Blend.
  • Gurkha Special Edition Connecticut – available in two sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • Gurkha Special Edition Maduro – available in two sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.
  • Gurkha Symphony – available in one size with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.  Formerly the K. Hansotia Symphony.
  • Gurkha Titan II – supposedly a new blend from the original Titan with a Dominican Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha Triple Ligero – now bundled, this is available with a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.  Formerly the K. Hansotia X3 Triple Ligero.
  • Gurkha Turk – a bundled cigar featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Turkish (pipe) tobacco in the filler.
  • Gurkha Vintage – yet another special edition with a “vintage” Connecticut-seed wrapper.

Gurkha Flavored – the cigars listed below apparently all seem to be flavored with Louis XIII cognac, yet all vary in price from 15 bucks to over a thousand for the HMR.  Go figure.

  • Gurkha Grand Reserve – cognac-infused, available in 3 sizes with a Connecticut Shade wrapper.  All are tubed.
  • Gurkha Grand Reserve Black Diamond - quadruple infused with cognac, available in 3 sizes with an aged Connecticut wrapper.
  • Gurkha Grand Reserve Maduro – cognac-infused, available in 2 sizes with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.  All are tubed.
  • Gurkha Grand Reserve Platinum – triple-infused with Louis XIII cognac, only 6000 cigars are made per year topped with a Dominican Maduro wrapper.
  • Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve (HMR) – only 75 boxes made this year, available in one size, tubed, with a 15-year old Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.  The most expensive cigar sold today.
  • Gurkha Royal Reserve – cognac-infused, this torpedo is made with a 5-year old CT Broadleaf wrapper.

Other Brands – most of these are also Internet exclusive brands, with the exception of the Genghis Khan and the K. Hansotia line, which was originally distributed to B&Ms.

  • Castle Hall Connecticut – an internet bundle with a Connecticut wrapper.
  • Castle Hall Sumatra – an internet bundle with a Sumatran wrapper.
  • East India Ltd – reblended and repackaged in one size with either a Connecticut Shade or Broadleaf wrapper.
  • Genghis Khan – a Cameroon wrapped cigar in one size presented in a beautiful treasure chest.
Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan

  • K. Hansotia Signature Collection Blend 101 – available in one size with a CT Broadleaf wrapper.
  • K. Hansotia Cuban Legacy – Available with a Nicaraguan wrapper in 2 sizes.
K. Hansotia Cuban Legacy

K. Hansotia Cuban Legacy

  • K. Hansotia Signature Gold – was available with a “dark” Connecticut wrapper.
  • K. Hansotia Symphony – available in 3 sizes with a 5-year old Connecticut Shade wrapper.  Smooth and creamy.
  • K. Hansotia X3 Triple Ligero – debuted in 2005, this limited production cigar featured a strong blend and an oily Brazilian Maduro wrapper.
K. Hansotia X3 Triple Ligero

K. Hansotia X3 Triple Ligero

  • Park Avenue Serie 44 – bundled and available in an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, made in Nicaragua.
  • Sherpa – this was a large line but has been scaled back to one size with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper.
  • Sherpa Cafe – this comes in the Toro size with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.
  • Sherpa Diablo – featured a Brazilian wrapper and was available in 5 sizes.

Small Cigars

  • Gurkha Black Dragon Tins – a proprietary blend in a tin.
  • Gurkha Exotica de Oriente – these tiny torpedoes are made in 3 blends.
  • Gurkha G3 Tins – the G3 blend in a tiny torpedo size.
  • Gurkha G-Series – these cigarillos are available in these wrappers – Maduro Dark, Havana Selection, Mild & Light, Natural Lights, Classic
  • Gurkha K-Series – these cigarillos are available in these flavors: Ancient Warrior, Black, Caffe Tabac, Chocolate, Cognac, Passion Fruit, Tiramisu, Dulce Vanilla, Exotic Orient, Kiwi Vanilla, Mango Cream, Orange Spice, and Passion Mint.
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17 Responses to Manufacturer Spotlight – Gurkha

  1. doc8466 says:

    I always knew Gurkha made a lot of lines, but DAMN!!!
    I’m a fan of the Fuerte, Beast, Titan, Black Puro, Ancient Warrior and Triple Ligero, and even though I think Gurkha gets a bad rap due to the silly MSRP on so many of these smokes, some are freaking great smokes!

    Impressive work my friend!

  2. Chris says:

    Wow! It’s rather amazing that you were able to compile all of these. I have tried in the past, but usually gave up after 20 or so. Great piece of work!

  3. Rich says:

    There is also the Gurkha Royal Reserve Corniche. They are supposed to be similar to the Royal Reserve but not cognac but is supposed to be more full bodied.

  4. Nyne says:

    holy Moses, the time and patience; not a big fan of the line, but I’ve just received a 20 batch in a mix up a couple days ago, so I’ll be giving them a try (was going to give them away, not now). I thank you and the others in this forum, I may now be on the hunt for some of those infused blends. I’m mainly a Graycliff, Montecristo and Cohiba (embargo) guy.

  5. TriMarkC says:

    Very impressive list! Thank you! Now I have several more to add to my “must try” list. I’m enjoying a Blue Steel, in fact, as I type this.

    • sprenj01 says:

      Enjoy! Thanks for your comment!

    • lkj1kdf says:

      TriMarkC–

      What did you think of the Blue Steel?

      I have a shelf of Gurka’s–in one of my humi’s , always want to hear more about one’s I have yet to try–

      Costa Rican Maduro sounds good.
      thx

  6. Gary says:

    I picked up a Gurkha cigar box with part#CB-GUR-IMPERIAL on cardboard mailing box. The cigar box appears to be made of plaster (or similar material) and is very heavy, decorative w/removable lid. Can anyone help identify name/brand of cigars etc. Thanks, Gary

  7. proton says:

    Thanks! I have always wondered how many bands Guhkha had. Have many in the cabinet and rarely get a bad one. Nice to be able to pick up a cigar and know it will smoke straight and clean with plenty of smoke and gusto.
    Has anyone tried all on the list??

  8. Shawna says:

    That’s some impressive reserch my friend. I had no idea there were soooo many internet exclusives. Many of them I’ve never even heard of. What’s your fav? Mine is the Beast. I just wish it was a smaller size, it’s such a commitment.

    • sprenj01 says:

      Thanks, Shawna. Actually, I’m not a huge fan of Gurkha cigars. A long time ago they had an Aged Cameroon perfecto that was pretty good….

  9. hot stuff x says:

    Hi, I’m a big fan of the site. Tough to keep up with all the Gurkha lines, eh? Recently I’ve gotten the G2 Turbo, and some other Gurkhas in samplers.

    One interesting note, the Beauty, which you list as a limited release tubo. I have two of them (not tubos), one is a maduro shade about 6×54, the other is lighter shade (EMS) toro, 6×50. I got a Gurkha 3 cigar leather traveller from JR cigar with three 6×50 Gurkha cigars in it for Christmas…a Beast, the EMS Beauty, and a cedar wrapped Black Dragon with a different band than other Black Dragons.

    Had a discussion at a herf a while back about all the Gurkha lines. I think one of the things they do to produce so many lines is they take any given blend and put a different wrappers on it, and call it a new line. Most other brands would just have one line with different wrapper options.

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  11. Michelle Farrow says:

    Hi, I have a very heavy (8 lbs) treasure chest that has a gold metal plaque in it that says Ginghas Khan Gurkha Limited Edition. It also has a sticker on the bottom that says hand made in Honduras. I know there were so many made being a ltd. edition, but do you know if they put they treasure chests out every year or more than one year? I thought I read they came out in 2007 but my box looks older than that.

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