Gurkha Ghost Gold Shadow Review: Doesn’t Live Up to the Hype
After the disappointment I experienced when sampling my first Gurkha Ghost Shadow back in February 2020, I had hoped this “Gold” version might prove to be a different story, but alas I have to say I am still in mixed thoughts about it.
Appearance-wise, the first thing you notice about this brand are their funky holographic bands. The stick itself looked appetising and exuded aromas of sweet herbs, fresh hay and sultanas. The draw was good and free, and remained consistent throughout.
As I progressed through the first portion of the cigar, I was very much reminded of the pre-Christmas preparations with brandy soaked fruit, whipped cream and macadamia nuts. These fruity notes wouldn’t match my usual pairing choice of rum or single malt whisky, so I instead played to the fruitiness of the cigar and poured myself a generous measure of Courvoisier.
One thing that did rather impress me about this cigar was the smoke. Not only was it incredibly generous, but it was also very flavoursome and rich. Unfortunately, whilst admiring the smoke tendrils, the cigar splayed wide open and threw ash everywhere interrupting my reverie in order to clean up the impressive mess that was all over me, the table and carpet.
The final third, whilst still full of Christmas pudding flavours, started to reveal a more peppery undercurrent, but this played well with the brandy. I was pleasantly surprised that I smoked it right down to the nub, which meant that the Gurkha Ghost Gold Shadow ended up being a rather heady experience at the end.
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Gurkha Ghost Gold Shadow Cigar Details
- Vitola: Robusto
- Length: 5″
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Smoke Time: 1h 30
- Source: Paul Bugge
- Origin: Dominican Republic
- Binder: Mexican Criollo
- Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, USA
- Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Gurkha Ghost Gold Shadow Review Summary
Try as I may, I haven’t been able to “get” the hype surrounding this cigar line. As with its predecessor, the construction was disappointing. I would probably smoke this again if choices were extremely limited, but for its price I would expect far better quality than I got.
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