Sorry we missed the last week! We have a bad habit of taking on too much at a time, but we’re making sure we’re back into the rhythm this week.
This week we’re reviewing the Gurkha Park Avenue 44 Torpedo. The suggested liquor pairing is the Real McCoy 5 year we’ve mixed with the past week.
Size: 6.2 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Body: Mild to Medium
Cost: $59.95 for a box of 20 ($2.99 per cigar) or $4.75 for a single (via cigar.com)
Scent: Bright, grassy smell. Strong scent of hay
First Light: Clean, crisp. Nice, steady first draw.
Halfway Through: The ash is still nice and even. I was working on my motorcycle (nothing involving flammable materials, of course) while smoking this and it kept the burn steady. The taste has darkened a bit, but it’s still very clear.
Final Third: Here’s where it pushes into medium territory. The best part is that even when you’re reaching down to the nub, there’s unpleasant carbon burn.
Verdict: Gurkha is actually one of our favorite brands, as they tend to put out reliable, consistently high quality smokes. While the Park Avenue 44 swings a bit too light for our usual tastes, it’s a great cigar and at a price that you’re not going to choke on later.