The Gurkha Raider is an exclusive Gurkha cigar made especially for Corona Cigar Company. Kizad Hansotia, the owner of Gurkha cigars, spent a lot of time choosing the perfect Gurkha cigar for us to call our own. We wanted a full flavored cigar but without the harshness or bite that plagues other lesser cigars. To accomplish this, we tapped the expertise of Gurkha's Dominican factory to produce the exclusive Gurkha Raider cigars.
Gurkha Raider cigars are available in 3 different wrappers: Golden-brown Ecuadorian Connecticut, Chocolate-brown Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro, and a Dominican-grown Habano wrapper. Each wrapper was specially selected because it balances out the complex flavors from the aged Dominican Criollo binder and vintage Nicaraguan Corojo filler tobaccos.
Gurkha Raider cigars are medium bodied, boasting smooth, robust flavors of leather and tobacco. From first to last puff, the Gurkha Raider has consistent flavors that dance across your palate to heighten your smoking experience.
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GURKHA RAIDER, 6th May 2013
Reviewer: Gary Deeb
Excellent corona label. A healthy body for a Connecticut wrapper, but not harsh..
Gurkha Raider, 9th May 2013
Reviewer: Joseph Bourgoyne
Have tried other Gurkha's this one's not for me. Medium nice draw and burns well.
Gurkha Raider, 7th May 2013
Reviewer: Terry Nevin
Harsh flavor. Too strong for me.
not my cup of tea, 8th May 2013
Reviewer: Ken Everist
a good looking cigar , oily with a nice draw, starts off with a little bit of spice. not much depth and taste a little young with a sharp bite to it. honestly i put this one down. its just not my cup of tea. for someone it will probably be a good everyday cigar but for $7.5 there a lot of better cigars in this price range
Great "Go-To" Habano!, 8th May 2013
Reviewer: D.j. Skopelitis
Lit very easily with torch and punch cutter. Decent amount of smoke off of a very easy draw.
Gurkha Raider, 10th May 2013
Reviewer: Robert Guariglia
Easy to light - caught right away with an even burn. Nice, firm whitish ash. Plentiful smoke.
Not for me., 13th May 2013
Reviewer: Jerad Johnston
Construction: The cap was a lumpy, ugly mess, but it all came off with the cut. The rest of the cigar was well constructed and look great.
Gurkha Raider, 15th May 2013
Reviewer: Dwight Zeissler
Decent cigar. Harsh beginning with lots of spicy overtones. Well wrapped but had a tendency to burn. This cigar is decent but not at this price.
Gurkha Raider, 15th May 2013
Reviewer: Gerard Gamache
Wrapper looks a little dry. Draws easy, ash firm. Tastes a little papery, medium bodied. Burn becomes uneven about 1/3 of the way done. I would reserve this one for the golf course.
Bold, 15th May 2013
Reviewer: Cristian Ayo
This Cigar started out as a full flavored Maduro with shuttle spicy overtones and by the middle of the cigar became a bit harsh. I'm usually not a Gurkha fan but it wasn't the worst I've smoked.
Raider, 16th May 2013
Reviewer: Tyler Donelson
Definitely a big spice left on your palate, not the smoothest smoke, but hey its only 7 bucks, but if you like a heavier smoke with a bit of a kick, then this is for you
Gurkha Raider, 16th May 2013
Reviewer: Robert Venier
This is a spicy one. Burns nicely and well built. Good for outdoor recreation.
Gurkha Rider, 20th May 2013
Reviewer: MARIO OPERA
A great mild-medium smoke to add to your line.
Gurkha Raider, 22nd May 2013
Reviewer: Eric Sigmon
A nice reddish brown wrapper, tight draw, solid light grey ash, minor notes of leather at the beginning that never developed. slight irregular burn. Not a good smoke, tobacco tasted as if it was not well aged.
A Mediocre Smoke, 23rd May 2013
Reviewer: Brady Koch
Tested this one out on a cruise ship and it was just middling. I had to work to get an even burn, and the flavor never really developed into any thing above par. I wouldn't turn this one down again, but definataly not my preference in this price range.
Gurkha Raider, 24th May 2013
Reviewer: Rober Rashid
Overall a very nice smoke. I am usually not a gurkha fan, but this smoke was pretty good. wrapper was tight with no major veins, cut and lit very nice and held a decent ash thru out the burn. I enjoyed the first third as it was very creamy with a little hint of pepper, not overbearing. the middle third was very nice with a little more pepper and a leather back flavor. the final third was were this smoke lost points. It was a little harsh at the end and very earthy. if you dont smoke all your cigars to the nub then this one is a good value.
Gurkha Raider, 6th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Charles Koch
Lit easy and smoked smooth and even. Enjoyable for both taste and life of smoke.
Gurkha Raider, 15th Jun 2013
Reviewer: Craig Marynik
Full, dark woody flavor.
Too much of not enough, 6th Jul 2013
Reviewer: Tony Marion Caldwell
This cigar is typical of the Gurkha line. It has a lot of bite but no real flavor. It burns the palette and doesn't give you any real satisfaction. Avoid it.
Strong, 15th Jul 2013
Reviewer: Brian Skarbek
Although I prefer a strong cigar this may not be for everyone. Great burn and draw and good strong flavor. Not for breakfast or the someone who prefers a little smoke.
Gurkha Raider, 7th Oct 2013
Reviewer: H FRY
The reviews above speak to all the issues. Not an amazing cigar..nice wrapper should be given with a nice gurkha blade. :)
OK, 8th Jan 2014
Reviewer: Paul O'Neill
A pleasant cigar but fairly mild. It burned well but was not solidly packed.