When a company considers themselves as the Rolls Royce of cigars - it has to be expected that people are going to be much more critical of them and their product. Gurkha has been producing the 'most expensive' cigars in the world for years but have also been producing much more reasonably priced cigars for a long time as well. The Ancient Warrior does not have the extensive background that some of the other cigars in Gurkha's portfolio, but with this reduction in background seems to be a reduction in the price as well. Lets see if this affordable cigar from Gurkha is as good as everyone says!
Evenly packed from head to foot, I would not say this is one of their more firm sticks but not overly soft either - somewhere in that 'acceptable soft' range. The dark wrapper of the Ancient Warrior just seems to catch the light and while still next to night in color, had this 'glow' about it I can't quite put my finger on. Either way - the head clipped easily and the cigar took to flame as if it had been waiting its entire life for that moment. All in all - hard to complain with this Gurkha!
When you are smoking a dark cigar, there are certain flavors that - while it is not a good practice - you expect to taste throughout the cigar. The Ancient Warrior maintained some of this preconceived ideas but spun them, in my opinion for the good. Healthy, rich and unique notes of dark coffee seem to hang even after having a sip or two of water while slowly developing a sweet flavor that mixed with the coffee reminding me of a mocha. As the cigar progressed, the sweetness became more of a caramel, mixing with the coffee and pepper hints in a way that I can only describe as 'amazing'. The end of this cigars life was met with a strong foreground of wood, the coffee and mocha mix from before all but a memory.
Anyone who has talked about the Gurkha brand, especially online, knows that the divide is pretty strong between those who enjoy the brand and those who dislike them. I like to perceive myself as being in the middle, but if Gurkha keeps putting out cigars like the Ancient Warrior then they are going to sway me to their side in no time. The flavors are rich, excitable yet unique and complex enough to keep your attention from start to finish. While not their most expensive cigar, you can expect a consistent and enjoyable experience with these time and time again. Add to all this an amazing price that only Buy Discount Cigars can offer and a box purchase is a must!