— Gurkha Cigars (@gurkhacigars) January 27, 2015
The cigar was unveiled at the 2014 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, but delays with the boxes and the holiday closure of the factory it was made at pushed back its release into 2015. A possible release date of as early as August 2014 had been suggested at the show, though that got pushed back to mid-December.
The Gurkha Royal Challenge Maduro uses a broadleaf maduro wrapper over a Honduran habano binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It’s available in five sizes: Robusto (5 x 50, $8.38), Toro (6 x 50, $8.66), Churchill (7 x 52, $10), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 53, $9.46) and XO (6 x 60, $11.06). All five sizes come in boxes of 20 and are produced at American Caribbean Tobacco S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.