Gurkha’s new releases from this summer’s PCA Convention & Trade Show are on their way to retailers, as the company has started shipping the Gurkha Revenant Corojo and Revenant Maduro.

The Revenant line is being made by Tabacalera El Artista in the Dominican Republic, and both blends are notable for their use of a Cameroon binder. While Ram Rodriguez of Tabacalera El Artista had proposed using a Cameroon wrapper during the blending process, Jim Colucci, ceo of Gurkha, had hesitations about using the leaf due to its noted fragility, so Rodriguez came back with a blend that moved the Cameroon leaf to the binder and the Revenant blend was born.

Both blends use the Cameroon binder; the Revenant Corojo uses a Honduran corojo wrapper, with Dominican corojo 98, Nicaraguan and a broadleaf of undisclosed origin in the filler. For the Revenant Maduro, the blend uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, while the filler is made up of a hybrid tobacco called T-13 grown in the Dominican Republic by Rodriguez, along with Nicaraguan tobacco and a broadleaf of undisclosed origin.

The two blends are offered in the same two sizes, a 5 x 50 robusto that has an MSRP of $7.50, and a 6 x 54 toro that has an MSRP of $8.50. Both sizes are offered in boxes of 20 cigars.

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