When Bianca Melone, the new marketing manager for Gurkha Cigars, sends you an Evil cigar a couple of weeks or so before Halloween, the thing to do is smoke it. Unlike another popular brand of cigars that produces an annual monster series of Halloween smokes, Gurkha Evil is not a seasonal blend, and can be enjoyed all year long. Evil is made with a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigar is advertised as being medium-to-full, but I found it to be more in the medium-bodied range.
The size that I sampled was the Toro, which measures six inches in length with a 50 ring gauge. It took me an hour to smoke the cigar down to two inches remaining, without any relights nor touch-ups. The cigar has a slightly sweet and peppery flavor that is not at all overpowering and not too complex, but very enjoyable. The draw was open and provided a nice volume of smoke with every puff. The burn was relatively even and the cigar held a medium-to-long ash. I enjoyed the Gurkha Evil almost as much as the Gurkha Ghost, which is another non-seasonal smoke that would also be a good choice for Halloween. I rate the Evil between 3½ and 4 stars. Prices are around $125 per box of 20, or between $7 and $8 apiece when purchased as singles, depending on the retailer.
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