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Cigar Review: Gurkha G3

The Gurkha G3 is a dark sexy looking cigar. G3 stands for triple ligero from what I read. They are made in the Torano factory in Honduras and only come in a toro size. They are a limited release in the states so they may be hard to find.

Review Gurkha G3 Cigar by Cigar Beat 004.jpgPre-light: The cigar looks like it was made very well with some color variations. It has one decent size vain running about two inches toward the foot of it. I has a large cap so it should cut nicely and has a small slit by the foot that was my fault.. It has a nice tobacco smell to it. The cigar is solid with no soft spots. A draw picks out some spice.

  • Length/Ring: 6×50
  • Shape: Toro
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

From the start this cigar had some pepper but nothing crazy. It was smooth with lots of flavors a good draw and a solid ash. The burn started a little off but is solid now. I taste a little pepper and I think cedar. It has others that I can’t pick out so any comments with flavor notes would be appreciated for the next time. The ash lasted about an inch and a half only dropping after some solid taps on the ashtray so it would not end up on my lap.

My last review I talked about how the Cu-Avana is a good cigar to learn how to blow smoke out of your nose without inhaling it. Well this is a cigar you don’t want to practice with. It will light you up!

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A new flavor has appeared that I can’t pick out (what a surprise), musty comes to mind but not the mustiness you get with Cuban cigars. The draw is still good with a lot of smoke. The smell is mild and pleasant floating throughout the room. Some spice kicking in a little more at about the half way mark. Toward the end of the G3 it seems to be a little “hollow”. I don’t know why I used that word but it just seems to fit.

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Overall: The G3 is a flavorful cigar that I really enjoyed. It had a good draw throughout with a ton of smoke. The burn went off a little but nothing to complain about and it got a little strong the last two inches. Cigar Aficionado gave this cigar an 88 and I agree with that rating. I want (need) to know the flavors and I will be picking up some more if I can. If you can find them they are defiantly worth a try. I think it would be a good smoke after a steak dinner with a cold beer.

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Cigar Review: Cu-Avana Maduro Robusto

Cu-Avana is the creation of Manuel Quesada. This is the kind of cigar that proves that the people who say all maduro cigars are strong are just wrong. These are a mild cigar that is just pleasant to smoke and the price makes these a must try for anyone that likes mild cigars. Cigar Aficionado did a Q&A with Mr. Quesada from a while back that you might like to read.

I have had these cigars sitting in my coolidor since 4-25-06 and they are just begging to be smoked.

Length/Ring: 5×50
Shape: Robusto
Strength: Mild to medium
Wrapper: Maduro
Filler: Dominican

Pre-light: These cigars are very consistent when it comes to construction. No soft spots, small veins, dark and solid. It has that dark sweet maduro smell to it and has a small tobacco taste. The cut was fine and the pre-draw was firm with not much taste.

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The first third this cigar has a good burn, I have not smoked one yet with a bad one. The draw is good but the smoke volume was a little low.

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The next third the taste is good, mild and sweet but all I can think about is how long this ash can hold for. You can leave this cigar in the ashtray while you run around and do the “to do” list your wife gave you, it will be sitting their still lit waiting for some attention.

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The last third picks up a little but what I consider still to be mild to medium. The construction on this was perfect through the whole smoke that you just don’t find on to many $2 smokes. The Cu-Avana never burned hot and the flavor was consistent throughout.

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Over all: This is one of the best mild cigars out for the money. I like them in the morning or a late night before bed smoke. I think I paid $39 for the box and got freebies with them. Great smoke for new smokers or the mild lovers that want that sweet maduro taste.. The Cu-Avana line is a good cigar to master the art of blowing the smoke out of your nose without inhaling it as it will not light up your nostrils to detect new tastes. These will always have a home in my humidor. The best price found is at CI for $39.95 and you get 8 free cigars with purchase but you might be able to get them cheaper on Cigar Bid.

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