Welcome back! We hope you will enjoy our sixth Blind Eye Cigar review. We unknowingly smoke the good, the bad, and the ugly so you don’t have to!
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Panel: Jeremy (me), Carter, and Trey
Cigar: Gurkha Vintage 2001 Double Rothschild (6.5×58)
Manufacturer: Gurkha/K. Hansotia & Co.
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Price: +/- $4
Smoke Time: 1 hr 30 min
Other Notes: Paired with water, lit with a single flame torch, cigar not revealed until the end of the review.
Appearance and Construction
Gene provided us with some mystery cigars for this review. Thanks Gene!
The Gurkha Vintage 2001 was a classically-beautiful cigar, with a milk chocolate, mottled wrapper that had a few veins that added to the “vintage” look of the stick. The cigar was well constructed, with a firm feel and a flush triple cap. There was a bit of debris on the cut, but nothing excessive. Trey did cut almost the entire head off of his rather than just the cap.
The draw on Carter and my cigars was perfect! Trey, on the other hand, experienced a very tight draw that only opened slightly towards the last third of the cigar. It caused him to have to work really hard to get enough smoke. His also began to crack and unravel in spots after the halfway point.
Neither Carter or I had any real construction issues. Carter did have to relight his twice and mine burned a little wavy. I did have to touch it up once, but overall the burn was pretty decent.
The ash held on mine for over an inch at a time. Carter knocked the initial ash off pretty early on but was able to hold well after that. Trey’s was just doomed from the start!
Here’s where things go south (except for Trey who started there!). We started with a little bit of pepper, but it quickly faded. The first third consisted mainly of earth and wood with some leather. Carter noticed some coffee and cocoa as well, but only faintly. So far, it was somewhat enjoyable.
The second third provided no change except the lessening of flavor overall. There was still earth, wood, and a touch of leather, but the earth was starting to become just dirt. Plus, the finish was so short, we did not get to experience much flavor after the exhale at all. It was coming across as bland. I did get a few hints of sweet tobacco, but they faded rather quickly. Due to Trey having to work hard to draw any smoke through the cigar, he was picking up on some metallic notes from the heat as well.
The final third finished with more of the same, bland, almost non-existent flavor that we got in the second third. At this point, we were all ready to let this one go out. We each had over an inch left when we called it a day.
The Gurkha Vintage 2001 is billed as a medium-full strength cigar but I don’t see how. It was mild-medium at best. It was definitely mild in the flavor department as well.
We all agree that this a cigar we would strongly advise against purchasing. They can be found for very cheap online, but I don’t see them as a good bargain cigar. Gene told me he smoked one and thought it was pretty good, which worries me even more. If you get a 5 or 10 pack for cheap and at least 3 of them are not very good, then you have still wasted your money. There are definitely other “bargain” sticks out there that you can get instead of this one.
Now, the shelf price on one of these is over $10, which I think should be a crime. Please, do yourself a favor and NEVER PAY MSRP FOR THIS CIGAR!!!
Did Anyone Guess What It Was?
No! The construction issues on Trey’s cigar should’ve given it away, but we did not guess Gurkha.
Other Useful Info
Nothing this time! I will say that I am acquiring quite a bit of footage for a blooper reel at some point though!
Here are some pics from the review.