Gurkha’s first Nicaraguan puro is on its way to a cigar shop near you—if your shop was one of the chosen few. The Nicaragua Series by Gurkha was introduced at this summer’s trade show but offered only to select retailers by invitation. What makes this cigar line so unusual for Gurkha is the manufacturer; it’s produced by the Aganorsa Leaf factory in Nicaragua and consists of only Aganorsa-grown tobacco. Before this year, Gurkha has never worked with the Aganorsa factory or its tobacco.
The Nicaragua Series by Gurkha is made with a Corojo ’99 wrapper, two Corojo ’99 binders and a filler mix of Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 filler. All of the tobaccos were grown by Aganorsa, an agricultural conglomerate owned by Eduardo Fernández.
The new line comes in four sizes: Robusto, which measures 5 inches by 52 ring gauge; Toro, 6 by 54; Belicoso, 6 1/8 by 52 and Magnum, 6 by 60. They come in 20-count boxes and range from $9.75 to $10.95. According to Gurkha owner Kaizad Hansotia, the smoke is medium- to full-bodied.
Gurkha also worked with Aganorsa on a new brand called Gurkha Treinta that celebrates the company’s 30th anniversary. That cigar has yet to ship.