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At this week’s Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE), Gurkha Cigars will be releasing a new version of its value-priced line called Castle Hall.

The Gurkha Castle Hall traces its roots back to an old Cuban brand, but has received a modern blend and design. It uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Ecuadorian habano binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, creating what the company describes as a mild-to-medium profile. Additionally, this new version of the Castle Hall is being made by a different manufacturer than the previous version, which was sold only to Thompson Cigar. While the company has not disclosed which factory that is, in a press release it did mention it is in the Dominican Republic.

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It is being released in three sizes, all available in 20-count boxes:

  • Gurkha Castle Hall Robusto (5 x 52) — $4.50 (Box of 20, $90)
  • Gurkha Castle Hall Toro (6 x 54) — $4.75 (Box of 20, $95)
  • Gurkha Castle Hall Magnum (6 x 60) — $4.95 (Box of 20, $99)

It is slated to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2020.

TPE 2020 takes place Jan. 29-31 in Las Vegas.

Update (March 25, 2020) — Gurkha has announced that the release of the Castle Hall has been delayed due to issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically to the closure of numerous cigar factories in the Dominican Republic. An updated release date has not been announced.

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Patrick Lagreid

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