Gurkha Seduction cigars are medium bodied, but approach the upper end of that range. They are not quite medium-to-full. The cigars have a naturally sweet and somewhat unusual spicy flavor that can be attributed to the Colombian filler tobacco. I have smoked a number of cigars with tobacco from South American countries, but never one with 100% Colombian filler. Since I knew that I was going to smoke several cigars before writing this review, I smoked the first of the five sampled cigars right after I received them, without any time to rest in my humidor. As a result, I experienced a dry taste which became leathery for most of the smoke. The cigar did not burn very well, either. Always let your premium cigars rest for at least a couple of weeks in your humidor before smoking, to maximize enjoyment. Bundled cigars may need two months or more in the humi. If you want more information about aging your cigars, read this very thorough article written by Dr. Mitch Fadem.
Getting back to our review, the second cigar sampled was much better than the first, as were the remaining three cigars. The dryness and leathery taste were gone by the third smoke. However, the sweetness became more subtle in the latter smokes, and the spice a little less sharp. The last four cigars did not smoke exactly the same, but all had the same flavors (just a matter of precise degree and intensity) and all could be rated in the 3½ to 4-Star range. I have eliminated the first cigar from consideration in my rating, and since the cigars did improve with a little more age, my final rating for the Gurkha Seduction Robusto is 4 stars. These cigars are very good smokes, but another retail-only Gurkha cigar that I think is even more enjoyable than the Seduction is the fuller Gurkha Cellar Reserve.
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Since these cigars are not widely available online, the price for a Gurkha Seduction Robusto cigar cannot be easily compared amongst several vendors without contacting a number of retail tobacco shops. In general, I have found that the typical price for a single cigar is just under $7 per stick. With the high cost of gasoline, it would make sense to call at least a couple of your local tobacconist to check prices and confirm availability before running out to buy. These cigars are fairly priced, and they are definitely worth a try if you've never experienced Colombian Corojo tobacco. Pick up a few singles before committing to an entire box, and make sure to let them rest in your humidor for at least a couple of weeks before lighting up and forming your own opinion.
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