In the realm of adult beverages and refined indulgences, wine has lead the way for some time, introducing techniques to best showcase the rewards of long-term aging. Of course, ardent cigar enthusiasts know that premium cigars share nearly every aspect from the world of wine, including farming techniques, fermentation, blending, and evolution over time.
These comparisons are most apparent in Gurkha's acclaimed Cellar Reserve series. With Gurkha Cellar Reserve, the cigars arrive in wooden crates made to resemble their wine counterparts. Each cigar is banded in thick wine-stock paper that resembles that of a wine bottle—revealing blending and aging information front and center on the bands.
But the crowning achievement with Cellar Reserve is the vintage tobaccos used in the cigar's filler. Indeed, contained behind the blend's Criollo '98 wrapper and Dominican Olor binder is a refined selection of Dominican filler leaves, including 15-year-aged tobaccos. This combination showcases a medium-bodied blend, offering deep complexities of cinnamon, maple syrup, rye bread, leather, and a cognac-like sweetness.