Cigar Review: Gurkha Cellar Reserve 12 Year Platinum Solara
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.
Line: Cellar Reserve
Size: 5 x 58
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
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.