Cigar Review: Gurkha Cellar Reserve 12 Year Platinum Solara

Initial Thoughts:

When I cut this cigar, apparently the lounge's guillotine was dull-AF, so it ripped the spiraled end right off. However, what got to see is a nice blend of dark brown tobacco.

The matches lit the torpedoed end easily and the first puffs delivered great flavors. The draw is easy (as it should be w/ the end hacked off), and the burn is very consistent.

cigar review Gurkha Cellar Reserve Platinum Solara


CigarScore 2

Brand: Gurkha
Line: Cellar Reserve
Size: 5 x 58
Cut: Guillotine
Light: Match
Price: $12.60
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Final Thoughts:

With about two inches left, the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Platinum Solara started to get really hot. About half-way through, the flavors became flat and ashy, almost burnt. Gurkha has a great reputation in the cigar world, but the Cellar Reserve, although the tobacco is supposed to be a delicious 12-year-old blend, does little to enhance or improve on their reputation.

Given the heat in the final third of the cigar and the mediocre flavors, the price point is undeserved. For these reasons, the Gurkha Cellar Reserve earns a CigarScore 2

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  1. “Gurkha has a great reputation in the cigar world”….let’s not overdo it!

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