Gurkha’s Master Select brand will soon reappear on the shelves of your local tobacconist, and fans of the cigar can expect a taste very similar to the original blend.
First introduced to market in 2001, Master Select was blended in Nicaragua by cigarmaker Fidel Olivas. The brand had since been discontinued, but was reintroduced by Gurkha last summer at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. According to Gurkha, Olivas still had the predicate blend on hand, so the company enlisted him to reproduce the cigars, which are being made at Premium Cigars S.A. in Nicaragua.
Master Select wears an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, a Honduran binder and filler from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The cigars come in 25-count boxes that resemble the original packaging and are rolled in five sizes: Robusto, measuring 5 inches by 50 ring gauge; Toro, 6 by 50; XO, 6 by 60; Perfecto No. 1, 6 by 60; and Perfecto No. 2, 5 by 56.
The suggested retail price of Master Select will range from $7.50 to $11.50 per cigar.