Released in the late of 2010, the Seduction was not focused on at the 2010 IPCPR, but became a featured item at this years IPCPR, 2011. The cigar features a band that has the typical Gurkha Soldier on it, but with what looks like a rose behind him. The main colors are that of orange, crimson, bronze and gold, and they are all ornate designs over a color of old parchment paper. It's a very attractive and extravagant band, and everyone who has seen the bands that I know has been impressed with them. The packaging is very lovely, as to be expected with any Gurkha Cigar, but the cigars here are amazing as well. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, that is beautiful, and has a Dominican Olor binder. The filler is entirely Colombian tobacco, and it is a Corojo seed. This is the first time I have seen an entirely Colombian filler, and more importantly it is one of the few cigars that features Colombian tobacco. I really enjoy cigars with Colombian tobacco, and they typically are very rich and you see that with cigars by Gurkha, Gran Habano, and Jesus Fuego.
The cigar has a really lovely wrapper, and with the marbled coloring it can blend in perfectly with some wooden furniture in my home, and probably certain chocolate bars. I would say the wrapper is Colorado Maduro in coloring, and it is very smooth and silky to touch. There are a few veins present here and there, but nothing too major, and the cigar is very firm. The aroma of the cigar is enticing, and it shows a lot of rich earth, coffee, cocoa, leather, tobacco and spice notes. For this review I was gifted the robusto vitola which measures 5" with a 55 ring gauge.
|Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that is marbled in coloring|
In the second third of the cigar the rich earth and cocoa notes from the first third really take control, and the cigar is very rich. I am still getting those Asian spices with it, and there are those cedar notes as well, but it is mostly rich. The finish of coffee and leather is still there, but there is also this additional caramel flavor that is very enjoyable. Overall the second third was very similar to that of the first third in strength and flavor, but with the great flavors I am getting I like the road this cigar is traveling on. The burn line was slightly wavy in this third, but it was producing a wonderful amount of smoke that was aromatic and great for rings.
When I get into the final the third, the cigar continues to show all the great flavors that I have been getting throughout. It is not overly complex in the sense that I am getting something new all the time, but it is very complex in the fact that I am getting tons of the same rich and complex flavors from beginning to end. The Asian spice notes pair wonderfully with the rich earth and cocoa notes, and the coffee and leather notes end wonderfully with a hint of caramel. It is still medium in body as it has been throughout and very enjoyable. The ash was very lovely in this third, and the burn line has corrected itself and been perfect to this point. As I smoke the cigar down to the nub it remains cool and flavorful, and I put it down when I am beginning to burn my fingers.
This was an amazing cigar, and very enjoyable. It provided consistent flavors throughout, and was very complex. It was a medium body cigar from beginning to end in terms of strength, but flavor wise this smoke was off the charts. This is a cigar that almost anyone could smoke, but someone who has been smoking for some time and has a sophisticated palate will most likely be the one who truly enjoys this complex cigar. I think it is one of Gurkha's more flavorful and rich lines, and I love the tobacco break down in the cigar. I know I have loved these, and others I have talked to feel the same way. This cigar gets a 93 in my book. Great job Gurkha Cigars and thank you for everything!
|Gurkha Seduction and Gurkha Ashtray|