From Gurkha’s official page:
The Classic Cigar: Havana Blend has been perfected using a proprietary binder and filler with twenty different tweakings of the blend to get it just right. With a San Andres Wrapper, The Classic Cigar: Havana Blend is a box-pressed, medium body, full flavor cigar including earthy, nutty undertones made in Nicaragua. “After a few years of searching for the right wrapper and combination of tobaccos, we created this beautiful San Andres wrapped Nicaraguan masterpiece. We are very proud to unveil it as our best creation from the East India Trading Company yet. A cigar worthy of its name: A true Classic,” said Juan Lopez, National Sales Director and part of the East India blending team.
Cigar: Gurkha’s East India Co. Classic Cigar Havana Blend
Size: XO (6 x 60)
Wrapper: San Andreas (Mexico)
The San Andreas wrapper gives this dark, box-pressed cigar a toothy texture, with some extremely faint and thin veins. The large band gives the cigar a refined touch in contrast to its rustic appearance.
Aromas of barnyard waft up from the nose of the cigar; earthy with notes of dry hay and cedar, and a slight nose of manure, with a brief burst of harsh pepper in the back of the throat upon lighting.
The first third offers subtle notes of sweetness, cocoa, earth and pepper. The second third continued with some sweetness, but closed with a bit of harshness. The harshness dissipates in the last third, with notes of earth, cocoa and a cool mint note without a return of the sweet notes.
For cigar aficionados – especially Gurkha fans, this will be a much appreciated smoke, something to keep in humidor on a permanent rotation.
(Cigars for this review were provided by Gurkha)