Historically, Gurkhas are Nepalese soldiers, known for their fearless character and distinct weapon of choice—the Khukuri knife. In modern times, however, the Gurkha name resonates more readily with premium cigar smokers, with Gurkha Cigars being among the most popular manufacturers in the industry.
But Gurkha Cigars doesn't mark the first time cigars have been associated with the honorable Gurkha soldiers. In the late 1800s, the Nepalese soldiers began rolling their own cigars from local tobaccos, attracting the attention of the British; whom admired the cigars so much they dubbed them "gurkhas."
Flash forward to the modern era, where Kaizad Hansotia (famed President and CEO of Gurkha Cigars) has resurrected the Gurkha name. Gurkha's cigars bear the imagery of a Gurkha soldier weilding the oddly shaped Khukuri knife. This imagery has since become known to represent the bold and exotic smoking experiences from Gurkha Cigars. The company prides itself on creating unique and luxurious profiles for cigar enthusiasts, partnering with prominent factories throughout Central America and incorporating rare and vintage tobaccos (often using 12 to 18-year-aged leaves) to deliver their status as the "Rolls Royce" of cigars.