Gurkha Seduction, Robusto

Gurkha, Seduction

Robusto, 5 x 55
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano


Review date 2/17/2012
Reviewer Doc (
Overall 90.2
Review # 0840
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BACKGROUND: The Gurkha cigar company has built a reputation as a luxury brand with extraordinary packaging and a wide range of cigars. But with uncertain financial times ahead, and a bevy of anti-tobacco legislative initiatives on the horizon, Gurkha, as well as every other cigar company has to be anticipate big changes in 2012.

Well, thanks, in part, to new management at the top and and a new focus in their cigar lineup, Gurkha is poised to continue its long-standing run as a major player in the premium cigar industry.

Cigar on terra cotta dish

In 2007, Gary Hyams was highly instrumental in the acquisition of CAO International and was appointed Chairman of the company. Under his leadership, CAO grew to become a highly successful company in the very competitive premium cigar category.

After a successful run at CAO, Hyams left the company and recently joined team Gurkha as the president and CEO. Since then, Gurkha has released three new cigars that represent the depth and breadth of the refueled company and that clearly mark the aspirations and new trajectory of things to come.

Today's featured Gurkha is the Seduction, a dark and sultry stick with vintage Gurkha presentation and flair. The Seduction starts with a Colombian Corojo filler, nestled in a Dominican Olor binder and finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.

The Seduction comes in four sizes: a 6 x 55 Rothchild, a 7 x 55 Churchill, a 6 x 60 XO, and at a MSRP: $6.80 per stick, the cigar I’m featuring today, the 5-inch by 55 ring gauge Grand Robusto.

Cigar on terra cotta dish

TASTING NOTES: This cigar is flavorful from the get-go. The flavors are bittersweet, with notes of espresso and baker's chocolate on one hand and aged rum and caramelized sugar on the other. There were also smoky and woody notes and the effect on my palate was like barbecued meat: very savory, very mouthwatering.

The draw was nice and smooth, which allowed copious amounts of smoke to permeate my olfactory senses. The burn line was meandering and a bit blistered, but other than that minor infraction, the performance was excellent. The medium gray ash, which was well formed and had the texture of spackle, held on firmly until I chose to tap off, which I did at about 1.5 inches.

So, during the first half I enjoyed the easy-going nature of the cigar, the fact that it is so approachable and is such an interesting smoke. For a light to medium body and strength smoke, the Seduction exhibits great flavor and a nice assortment of flavors.

Cigar on terra cotta dish

FINAL THOUGHTS: In the second half, the cigar flavors morphed and I noted some vanilla bean and mesquite wood. The burn line evened out and the overall performance was stellar.

This is a complex cigar and one that is almost sure to please, if not impress, most cigar smokers. That, combined with a pretty good price point, should make the Seduction an attractive option.

The Seduction is medium-full in flavor and light to medium in both body and strength. As such, this cigar should be easily approachable to a wide range of cigar smokers. Indeed, I have shared this smoke with friends and family members, representing a wide cross-section of experience with cigars and they were all favorably impressed.

If you are a Gurkha fan, you should without a doubt give the Seduction a try. If you are new to Gurkha or have shied away, for whatever reason, the Seductive stogie is definitely worth a try.



These cigars are being stored in their original box in my Aristocrat M+ cabinet humidor. The conditions in the humidor are very stable at this time of year and the cigars have been resting for 2 months. This is the first of two podcast reviews.


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