Walking through the trade show floor it’s hard to miss a few booths no matter their placement, and Gurkha’s is definitely one of them. The bright red booth looked almost the same as last year, save for the new cigars they had on display. With our booth visit being on the last day many of the displays had been ravaged for samples, though not nearly as bad as some booths – presumably because they were at least inside locked glass cases.

East India Trading Co Classic Cigar Havana Blend

East India Trading Co. Classic Cigar Havana Blend
The new Classic Cigar Havana Blend is the latest from the East India Trading Co. subset of the company. Featuring a Mexican San Andrés wrapper with Nicaraguan filler the cigar will be released in the next couple of weeks in four box-pressed sizes: Figurado (6 x 58, $8.99), Robusto (5 1/2 x 52, $7.99), Toro (6 x 54, $8.99) and XO (6 x 60, $9.99).

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Edicion Especial

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Edición Especial
The Cellar Reserve Limitada line was expanded with the Edición Especial and offered in four sizes: Koi (4 x 58, $11), Solara (5 x 58, $12.20), Hedonism (6 x 50, $14) and Kraken (6 x 60, $15.60). Each size will be limited to 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars and should be shipping in the next couple of weeks.

Gurkha Royal Challenge Maduro

Gurkha Royal Challenge Maduro
Featuring a broadleaf maduro wrapper over a Honduran habano binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, the Royal Challenge Maduro will come 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). Our original news story stated these were shipping in September, though we were told that this could possibly ship as early as next month.

Gurkha Ghost

Gurkha Ghost
The Ghost line saw a fifth size added to it – a massive 7 x 70 that while the cigar was finalized, the boxes were not. Because of that delay they aren’t expecting it to ship for the next couple of months.

Gurkha Private Select

Gurkha Private Select
Gurkha is releasing a new infused cigar, a 7 1/4 x 52 Churchill infused with Ron Abuelo 7 Year rum. The packaging seen here was a mock up for the show, however the band seen above is the final design. Shipping was expected to start next month.

Gurkha Xtreme
While they had cigar samples to hand out, the box they had on hand wasn’t finalized and was just described as a prototype. Featuring a Nicaraguan binder with an undisclosed binder and filler, they will come in three sizes: a Grand Robusto (5 x 54), a Toro (6 x 56), and the XO (6 x 60) with an MSRP of $10.99 to $12.99.

Pedro Martin

Pedro Martín
Lastly, the Pedro Martín brand was relaunched at the show. They had two lines they were showing off – the new Maduro and the relaunched Ruby. The Maduro is made up of a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Nicaraguan maduro binder and Nicaraguan filler.

The Ruby features a red colorado corojo wrapper from an undisclosed country along with Nicaraguan binder and filler. Each line has three identical sizes – a Robusto (5 x 50), a Toro (6 x 52), and the XO (6 x 60). Shipping is expected to begin next month.

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.