K. Hansotia Signature 101 by Gurkha Cigar Review
Cigar Review of The K. Hansotia Signature 101
The cigar’s wrapper is a darker Costa Rican Maduro leaf. The filler blend was supposedly created by Mr. Hansotia himself for his own personal enjoyment.
The filler contains Honduran, Dominican, and Jamaican long-leaf tobaccos. It’s a fine-looking cigar, made a bit more special looking by the addition of its “signed” silver band.
The K. Hansotia Signature 101 cigar lit very easily and burned very slowly and evenly to the end. It stayed lit quite well even as I moved about from task to task as I smoked it.
If you smoke one of these, I recommend using a punch cutter or a “V” cutter rather than a straight slice across the head. The reason I suggest this is that the wrapper wanted to unravel after I sliced it. I was able to prevent that from happening by moistening the end, but it did tend to want to still unravel a bit.
The flavor of the cigar to me had a strong chocolate note to it, more like cocoa powder or very dark chocolate than a Hershey bar. Although described as a complex and full-bodied flavor, all I could say that I picked up was the chocolate flavor and a very mild peppery note. The flavor seemed fairly consistent to me throughout.
The smoke coming from the Hansotia Signature 101 was very thin and wispy when exhaled. When drawn into the mouth it was sometimes hard for me to tell the smoke was there.
The aroma of the smoke was bitingly sharp and my nose definitely knew it was there when I inhaled some that way.
The Signature 101′s strength was very mild initially, but picked up significantly during the last third of the burn. I would describe it as a slightly above-average strength. I definitely felt it by the end of the cigar, but it wasn’t quite as potent as the Gurkha Vintage Series (also made by Hansotia).
The Signature 101 Over all
All things considered, I liked the Hansotia Signature 101 but don’t feel it was quite as special as some do.
Still, it is quite a good cigar and I am not disparaging it here. On a 1-10 rating, the cigar deserves about a 6.5 – perhaps leaning more toward 6 than 7.
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