At this week’s Total Product Expo (TPE) in Las Vegas, Gurkha released a pair of new lines, the Gurkha Ghost Connecticut and the Grand Age II.

The line uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Mexican-grown binder and fillers from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the U.S.A. It is being produced at PDR Cigars in the Dominican Republic and offered in three sizes:

  • Gurkha Ghost Connecticut Shadow (5 x 52) — $8 (Box of 21, $168)
  • Gurkha Ghost Connecticut Asura (6 x 54) — $9 (Box of 21, $189)
  • Gurkha Ghost Connecticut Exorcist (6 x 60) — $10.50 (Box of 21, $220.50)

The Gurkha Ghost Connecticut joins the original Ghost line as well as the Ghost Gold, which was released in 2018 and got a packaging update in 2021. It is scheduled to get its official release at The Great Smoke, an annual consumer event put on by Smoke Inn, a retailer in South Florida before it will begin shipping to brick-and-mortar retailers in mid-March.

Also new at this trade show is the Grand Age II, a follow-up to the original Grand Age that has been on the market for several years. It keeps the same treasure chest packaging design but with better organization of the three blends inside: a Connecticut, a habano and a maduro. All of the wrappers come from Nicaragua, while the binder and filler are undisclosed. Production is handled by the Las Villas Cigars cigars factory in Nicaragua.

Each of the three blends is offered in a 6 x 54 toro vitola priced at $6.50. They are expected to begin shipping to stores by the end of March.

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