Was shopping around on Cigars International when I stumbled across
the Gurkha "Triple Ligero". With my love for all things ligero and with
how much happiness one can
have with a double ligero cigar, I figured a triple ligero cigar should
bring about 50% more happiness. Considering that Gurkha tends to roll a
pretty decent stick and with a triple dose of
ligero leaves tucked in there for good measure, I got a box of them in.
I let them rest in the humidor for about 3 weeks to ensure even
moisture content throughout the cigar since I was
anticipating this being what I like to refer to as a "religious cigar",
meaning that after smoking it you will see Buddha, Moses, Confucious,
and lots of other people you wouldn't recognize.
First impressions........lit really easily and even, developing a
very crisp burn line all the way around within the first few puffs.
The initial inch of the stick
was smooth but slightly ashy in flavor, but the cigar was letting me
know that the stage fright was almost over and there was a helluva show
coming soon. By mid-session the flavor was full and
complex, hints of earthiness let you know this cigar has that distinct
note unique to Honduran tobacco. The Brazilian maduro wrapper has a
moderate amount of oil but isn't greasy to the touch,
a very unique wrapper which adds a subtle spicy note to each draw.
Towards the end of the session, the flavor gets a bit overpowering and
slightly tart, but fortunately this occurs right about
the time your fingers are getting singed. Pretty consistent flavor and
draw through 3/4 of the session, and the punch of the ligero leaves is
mild yet appreciable. It left me with a calm
stomach, feeling like the room may be trying to move but not succeeding,
and with a slightly lopsided grin on my face. Not the brute tour de force
I was expecting, but still a potent
smoke. Total session time runs right about 40-45 minutes. Definitely
will be keeping a few of these in the humidor for the foreseeable
The per stick cost on these beauties was right at
$4/ea from Cigars International, which is a phenomenal price for a good
ligero cigar. Its a little too pricey to fall into "daily smoke"
territory, but then again, smoking a strong ligero cigar
like this is generally reserved as an occasional treat.
This is a strong full-flavored cigar, but the tones inherent in
Honduran ligero can be a bit overpowering in large quantities.
Generally for ligero-heavy cigars, I prefer the smoother Nicaraguan or
Dominican fillers. All in all though, the flavor was
pretty smooth from beginning to end, just a little too feisty towards
The cigar is well-rolled and has a very straight profile,
however, the maduro wrapper is a little more veiny than I'd expect from
Gurkha and the filler seemed to make for a slightly uneven burn just
outside the core which made ashing a little inconsistent
"Wheelchair Weed" factor: (8/10)
This stick was potent, but overall it was
surprisingly tame. Definitely packs a punch, but it was pretty mild
compared to something like an LFD Double Ligero of similar ring size and
length. It reminded me a lot of the Oliva
Cain, strong but not a hard-hitter. Definitely wouldn't want to smoke
two of them back-to-back, but was expecting a little more of a dumb grin
on my face than I got. My stomach was a
little unhappy, but I hadn't eaten much so that was to be expected. Had
another one the following day with a full stomach and felt great.