It’s been a couple of days since I smoked this cigar and the thing I really remember about it is the pig tail on the cap. I guess I’ve already given away the fact that I didn’t absolutely love this cigar but it was pretty good. Here’s my review:
I smoked this cigar during the AFC Championship game between the Ravens and the Steelers. I am glad I finished it before that brutal hit on McGehee because after that happened I wasn’t in the mood for anything fun. Seriously, McGehee could have died but, thanks to God, he’s alive and will probably be fine.
This cigar shines with oil and has that aforementioned curly head. Perfect construction except for a tiny hole near the foot of the cigar. Medium brown color. Drinking a Cherry Coke.
Length: 4 7/8″
Ring Gauge: 50
Steel Curtain Fire!
Ring Gauge: 55
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Approximate Price: $10.00
The Chateau series from Fuente is the same as the Gran Reserva series except with a different wrapper. The Ecuadorian, sun grown wrapper is supposed to make these cigars more full bodied and spicier as well. The King B is the pyramid version of this series.
I have smoked a couple King Bs in the past and I thought they were great. This one has nearly perfect construction with only one pronounced vein and a couple of bumps. The wrapper has a dark, reddish hew to it. It smells a little sweet before lighting it up.
Light Her Up!
The cigar is a little rough at first. A little wild. Obviously strong and very spicy. It’s actually a little harsh right at the beginning so I knocked about an 1/8th of an inch of ash off and that seems to have erased the harshness. Still a very strong cigar.
There’s a hint of vanilla with this cigar. That’s actually a great combination here. Earthy notes as well also some sweetness. Just awesome.
As I near the end of this cigar it begins to burn a little hot at times. It doesn’t get to the point where it takes a lot away from the flavors but it is noticeable. And the burn can be uneven at times.
Overall, it is a perfectly good cigar. It would definitely be better if I had let it age a little while longer. The problems at the beginning and the end are what is responsible from knocking this cigar down a couple of points and out of the great category.
Full disclosure: I don’t particularly like Gurkhas. When I first heard about these cigars I thought they had to be great due to their reputation. “Oh, they’re made for a king”, “they use the best tobacco”, “oh” blah, blah, blah.
This has to be the most over-hyped cigar I have ever come across. And then they have the audacity to put two gaudy bands, one of which is gigantic, on the cigar. It’s just overkill for me.
But an interesting happens with this cigar. It’s not bad. Not bad at all, actually. This one is a fairly solid cigar that almost makes me want to rethink my hatred for this brand.
And, to be fair, I usually get their cheaper lines. I haven’t splurged and bought one of their expensive, very expensive actually, cigars yet. Maybe I should because this was a very good cigar.