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IPCPR 2017: Gurkha

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The coordinated outfits at the trade show seem to have largely fallen by the wayside, but the day I stopped by the Gurkha booth was just one of those rare days. The entire staff was dressed in black guayaberas with satin red linings which inspired a fair number of Benihana jokes—something I would be remiss to not mention here.

All jokes aside, Gurkha was doing business. When I stopped by, it appeared most the companies sales staff was meeting with customers and if this announcement following the show is to be believed, it’s with good reason. Whatever the case, the Gurkha booth was busy both in terms of new products and people for the half or so I stopped by.

Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Year

This was impressive. The humidor looks great and while $700 is by no means cheap, I think it’s a pretty good value given the number of cigars you are getting. With the overall success of Cellar Reserve over the years, I suspect this will be in a lot of stores. Also, you can’t see it in the photos, but the slightly updated Cellar Reserve band looks really good in my opinion.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Fillers: Nicaragua (Condega, Estelí & Jalapa)
  • Gurkha Cellar Reserve 15 Year (6 x 52) — $14 (Boxes of 50, $700)

Launch Date: September 2017

Gurkha Blendmaster’s Cask

The reworked Blendmaster’s Cask is here. This is a different blend than the one that was shown off last year, though some stores received the 2017 blend last year.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Gurkha Blendmaster’s Cask XO (6 x 60) — $12 (Boxes of 20, $260)
  • Gurkha Blendmaster’s Cask Ambassador (7 x 55) — $12 (Boxes of 20, $240)
  • Gurkha Blendmaster’s Cask Solara (5 x 52) — $10.67 (Boxes of five, $64)
  • Gurkha Blendmaster’s Cask Churchill (7 x 55) — $14 (Boxes of five, $70)
  • Gurkha Blendmaster’s Cask Toro (6 x 52) — $12 (Boxes of five, $60)

Launch Date: August 2017

Gurkha Havana Legend

One of a handful of blasts from the pasts. This line originally debuted in 1999. It’s back, with updated packaging.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Dominican Olor
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Gurkha Havana Legend Robusto Corto (4 1/2 x 48) — $5 (Boxes of 20, $100)
  • Gurkha Havana Legend Robusto (5 x 54) — $5.50 (Boxes of 20, $110)
  • Gurkha Havana Legend Toro (6 x 50) — $6 (Boxes of 20, $120)
  • Gurkha Havana Legend XO (6 x 60) — $9 (Boxes of 20, $180)

Launch Date: September 2017

Gurkha The Master Select

Same story here, this is a cigar from 2001. The company stressed this is the same blend as what the company used in 2001 and it is once again being made by Fidel Olivas.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Honduran Habano
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Gurkha The Master Select Robusto — $7.50 (Boxes of 25, $187.50)
  • Gurkha The Master Select Toro — $8.50 (Boxes of 25, $212.50)
  • Gurkha The Master Select 6 x 60 — $10 (Boxes of 25, $250)
  • Gurkha The Master Select Perfecto #1 (6 x 60) — $11.50 (Boxes of 25, $287.50)
  • Gurkha The Master Select Perfecto #2— $9.50 (Boxes of 25, $237.50)

Launch Date: August 2017

Gurkha Aged Cabinet

One thing Gurkha didn’t announce before the show was Aged Cabinet. It’s a one-vitola line being made at PDR Cigars. There are two different wrappers, Connecticut and Habano.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut / Habano
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Gurkha Aged Cabinet (5 x 50)

Launch Date: August 2017

Gurkha 2017 Ashtray

This was super impressive. There are six different designs, all featuring a white base, but with different accents. Gurkha’s done a lot of great promotional items and accessories over the years, but this ashtray is one of the best.

Pricing is $125 and it should begin shipping in August.

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