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To: longnshort who wrote (27)8/6/2012 9:31:20 PM
From: Farmboy
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Did you try the Pinar Del Rio Oscuros?

Just wondering how they were ...

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To: Farmboy who wrote (33)8/7/2012 12:44:50 AM
From: longnshort
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they are good, mild/medium, good draw. all that it taste like pepper,coffee etc. who can taste that esp if you are drinking whiskey when you smoke them.

my taste buds died years ago.lol

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To: longnshort who wrote (34)8/7/2012 12:55:16 PM
From: Farmboy
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I hear you ... they sound fine.

The few taste buds I have left that the cigarettes and the whiskey didn't get, are just barely hanging on!

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To: Farmboy who wrote (35)8/31/2012 2:54:07 PM
From: FUBHO
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Are these any good?

groupon.com
The Deal
$29 for the Gurkha 1884 gift pack from Gurkha Cigars ($89 list price; a $99.65 total value). The pack includes the following cigars:

Gurkha Master Select
Warlord
Titan
Beast
Vintage Shaggy Maduro

$49 for the Gurkha Crest Metal sampler with carrying tin from Gurkha Cigars ($120 list price; a $130.65 total value). The pack includes the following cigars:

CrestBeautyShaggyGrand ReserveTitan

Gurkha Cigar SamplersCrafted under the careful supervision of owner Kaizad Hansotia, Gurkha cigars are hand-rolled with fine tobaccos blended from all over the world. Each cigar has a unique flavor profile. For example, the Shaggy Maduro features an 8-year-old Dominican wrapper bundled around 5-year-old filler with a dash of Dominican puro that adds pepperiness to every puff. Both the 1884 gift pack and Crest Metal sampler contain five cigars, ideal for puffing in celebration of the birth of a child or the purchase of a new lighter.

FeaturesGurkha samplers make a thoughtful gift for cigar enthusiasts and Winston Churchill impersonators1884 gift pack with five fine cigarsCrest Metal sampler with tin and five cigarsLight, medium, full-bodied cigarsHandcrafted under the careful supervision of Gurkha owner Kaizad Hansotia

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To: FUBHO who wrote (36)8/31/2012 7:01:35 PM
From: Farmboy
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Of those you named, I like the 'Crest' best. It is a pretty darn good smoke,in my opinion.

One can get some pretty good deals on all the Gurkhas at Cigarbid.com, if you want to just spend a little time 'bidding'. cigarbid.com

I go there, and throw in a bunch of low-ball bids on a lot of stuff, and usually end up getting one or two .. you can set up your account where they only ship once a week, then combine all your auction 'wins' for the week, and ship them to you all together, on whatever day you specify, every week you have 'win'. That's what I do.

But, be prepared because every once in a whiile, you might just get more of the ones you bid on than you're thinking and end up with a pretty good batch! LOL

I've never really had a Gurkha that disappointed me, but some are definitely better than others.

Of the five you listed:

Gurkha Master Select - have smoked a good number of these. Medium strength, with mainly just tobacco flavors, but I don't get tired of them. Good all-purpose smoke.

Warlord - never tried

Titan - Had a five pack. Would buy more if I could get them at decent price. Not bad, not great, but OK.

Beast - The name pretty well says it .. They're pretty darn strong, and have a good kick to 'em. Similar to a Joya de Nicaragua Antano, in lots of ways. A good smoke after a nice big steak dinner, but not on an empty stomach.

Vintage Shaggy Maduro - good medium-full smoke, if you like maduro, and I do.

Gurkha tends to come out with a lot of different blends (and differently named smokes) in smaller batches. What you have today may not be around in a few months. Doesn't mean anything bad, just their marketing style.
Crest is probaby my favorite Gurkha, followed by the Beauty ... Wanted to try some of the "Special Ops", but just haven't gotten the chance.

Gurkha also markets some pretty expensive, high end product. Some of their boxes are really works of art, constructed of exotic wood, with gold colored hardware, individually serial numbered. The Special Ops, by the box, come with a neat looking 'Special Ops' knife. I don't imagine it is a cheapie knife either.

They also have some other brands they produce that I like, especially the Park Avenue in Natural wrapper, and the Sherpa. These will usually run around $50-$60 bucks a box, so not bad, and I could truly smoke Park Avenue every day and I don't think I'd get tired of it. I have a good stock of Master Select on hand now, an some Crests - but I need to replenish my Gurkhas.

Generally, a Gurkha will be a good smoke. They seems to try to put out a good product.

I am pretty sure you can get a better deal at cigarbid.com than the groupon offer, if you have a bit of patience and don't care about the tin container. My last five pack of Crests, I think I got for about $12 - 14 or so.

Hope this helped.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (36)8/31/2012 7:57:54 PM
From: Farmboy
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Actually, here' a good deal on an assortment of Gurkhas .. it has some of the one you mentioned, including the Crest:

cigarsinternational.com

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From: Farmboy12/5/2012 10:06:23 PM
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Okay, you herfers ... surely you are enjoying some good smokes, and need to let us know what they are!

I just made my 'winter order' and it was very heavy on the Gurkhas. I am liking them more and more, the more I smoke. Ordered some 'Beautys", "Titan IIs". and others ... be glad to see 'the box' arrive!

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From: Farmboy1/19/2013 3:23:50 PM
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Had the opportunity to fire up a Gurkha "Beauty" last night, in the 'saloman' shape/size. I had ordered mine as part of the box of 10, from Cigars International auction site, cigarbid.com. I ended up paying just under $3.00 each for my box. Cigar International's usual price is $69.95 per box of ten for this saloman. Retail in a Bricks-and-mortar retail shop seems to vary somewhere between $12.00 - $ 17.00 each. MSRP for a box of ten is $350.00 (Gurkha is always a bit on the high side (can we say extravagent?) in their 'suggested retails'. I was very pleased with the deal I scored in the auction, for sure.

This is a mild - medium bodied smoke, with a light colored, tightly wrapped 'seamless', Equadorian Connecticut wrapper, which I found to be very fragile. Binder ans filler were from Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, respectively. Pre-light inspection revealed the Beauty had very few, very minor, veins showing, and a light, very pleasant aroma. The construction was great, and the saloman shape just presents a very pleasing and 'expensive looking' cigar. As most Gurkha bands are, this one is a cigar-work-of-art.

I found myself wanting to hurry through the lighting, but knew such a nice looking stick deserved the proper 'ceremony'. After cutting, the cigar lit easily, and burned evenly throughout. The draw was just a teeny bit on the tight side, but not excessively so, and the cigar produced a generous amount of smoke. I didn't have to relight, even though I was certainly taking my time in smoking this one.

Gurkha apparently rates this as one of their better smokes and I would have to agree. After the initial 'big kaboom' of flavors, the smoke settled down into a good balanced mix of tastes, with predominately (to me) bread and nutty flavors, with some woody tinges as well. . I also could detect what I could only describe as a slightly salty flavor (and no, the dog didn't pee on it before I lit it!) There was a very minimum of spices, too, in the final third. All in all, it was 'rich' and the flavors blended very well.

This was a true pleasure to smoke. It was one of those cigars that I was enjoying so much, I truly found myself wishing it had been longer. After about 90 minutes, I had pretty much 'nubbed' it, and another good draw or two would have come very close to producing some very warm fingertips. As I finally laid the nub to rest, I admitted the cigar was appropriated named, and I was pleased in thinking I still have nine more of these saloman 'beauties' in the humidor. along with a few in the toro size as well. This is one of those 'special occasion' cigars, and worthy of any celebration calling for an 'upper crust' cigar.

I highly recommend this cigar. I would have to give it a 93 rating.


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To: Farmboy who wrote (40)1/19/2013 6:52:07 PM
From: longnshort
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looks good and a great price

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To: longnshort who wrote (41)1/19/2013 7:40:26 PM
From: Farmboy
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It is a good one. The Cigarbid.com site is great if one has a little time and is willing to do the 'auction thing'. I get most of my smokes from there. Plus they have loads and loads of Gurkhas.

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