Updated: Oct 23, 2020
It has been a minute since we reviewed a Gurkha cigar. It just happens that way. The American Cask set caught my eye for a few reasons. First, the box is amazing looking. Second, it has a unique twisted pair of whiskey glasses. Finally, bourbon infused limited edition cigars. Add those things up and you just have to try it.
Product: American Cask Set
Included: 5 cigars and 2 whiskey glasses
Cigars: Limited Edition
Amount Of Cigars: 5
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Infused: Kentucky Bourbon
Price: $105.00 on sale for $79.99
The packaging is beautiful. Gurkha put some extra time and attention into this set. A beautiful American flag branded box with a window cut out to see the whiskey glasses. The box itself is made of thick sturdy cardboard material. I definitely saved mine. The glasses are beautiful twisted glass with the Gurkha name on them. The limited edition cigars are encased in glass tubes with a luxury golden drip wax seal. When it comes to judging on site alone Gurkha put out a win with this set.
Gurkha decided to push the envelope once again and partnered with US-based distillery Hartfield & Company to bring the American Cask Blend Collection to life. Infused with a high grade Kentucky Bourbon, the smooth profile of this cigar is nothing short of luxury. A perfect cigar matched with the perfect distillery makes for a relaxing and enjoyable smoke.
First, it was pleasing to peel the wax off of this tube. Maybe it was the little kid in me, but it was fun. I removed the cap from the tube and wanted to get a good sniff of this one. There was not really a need for that. As soon as the tube was opened you got the aroma of Kentucky Bourbon. I made my v-cut with a Colibri 1928 v-cutter. The cold draw was filled with flavors. It made me excited. I toasted the foot with a classic Zippo with duel butane insert. Even the aroma from toasting was amazing. The first draw was made and it was all joy.
Lighting, Draw, Burn:
This cigar took a little bit to toast and get going. Good thing the smell was very pleasing and time just flies. Once it was lit the combustion was great. The overall draw in my opinion was on the tighter side. Not a struggle, but you definitely had to add a smudge of effort. It was well worth it though. This cigar required one touch up due to some uneven burning. Nothing major but needed to be done. This thing poured a good amount of smoke from it as well.
This cigar is tasty with all the right flavors. The star of the show throughout is Kentucky Bourbon which has a very smooth flavor. The first third throws a ton of flavors at you, but they just work. Immediately, you taste creamy caramel, honey, and hints of vanilla. The second third seemed to keep all those flavors while adding in hints of berries. The final third was amazing. The bourbon flavor became stronger with nothing harsh. The caramel and vanilla where on the higher end of the hints. The honey and berry flavor faded but were still noticeable.
These cigars come sealed in their tubes so the humidor was not necessary. Mine remained in the tube for just short of two weeks. The cut was made with a Colibri 1928 v-cutter. It was then lit with a classic Zippo with a duel flame butane insert.
I was not sold on this cigar from the beginning. I really liked the box and whiskey glasses so I took the plunge. It was very very pleasant. The flavors that you get form this are amazing and varied. I know this was a limited release but hope to find another one. If you are a fan of infused cigars especially with bourbon I have to recommend you go out and grab a set. You will not be disappointed at all.