In 2019, Gurkha shocked the craft cigar world through the announcement of the Gurkha Nicaragua Series, the company's first cigar to be rolled at the boutique-minded TABSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. TABSA (an acronym for Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.) is one of three factories owned by Eduardo Fernández, who also owns the AGANORSA tobacco farms throughout Nicaragua, as well as the Aganorsa Leaf brand of cigars.
Nearly all cigars produced at the burgeoning TABSA factory make use of the Fernández family's Corojo '99 and Criollo '98 Cuban-seed tobaccos, which are often praised as being some of the highest quality leaves grown in Nicaragua. And Gurkha has followed suit, having the Nicaragua Series crafted in four unique sizes, featuring an all-Nicaraguan AGANORSA recipe. This includes a Corojo '99 Clara wrapper, a double binder of Corojo '99 and Criollo '98, and fillers of Corojo '99 and Criollo '98.
The cigars also take advantage of the TABSA factory's authentic Cuban rolling techniques, such as triple-capped heads and entubado bunching. The end result is quite possibly the most unique Gurkha offering in many years, bringing a medium body and supremely balanced performance. Expect to find complexities of graham cracker, aromatic baking spices, nougat, roasted nuts, and salted butter.