At the height of the British rule in India, colonial soldiers began to make their own cigars from the local tobacco, leading to the founding of the Gurkha brand. While surely a company with a rich, 100-year history, Gurkha Cigars was not always a rich company. In fact, just 20-years ago, lifelong businessman Kaizad Hansotia purchased the brand during a trip to India for a mere $149. With a steadfast commitment to the revival of the company, Hansotia turned Gurkha into a multi-million-dollar enterprise.
Today, Gurkha is known as the Rolls-Royce of cigars. The Grand Reserve, the company’s flagship, are infused with fine cognac. The cigars are handmade in Honduras from the finest tobaccos. The premium Connecticut shade wrapper provides a rich, creamy flavor with a hint of spice and promises a pleasantly light finish that cigar aficionados will truly enjoy. With a range of products from the limited Black Dragon Tubo (eight-year-aged CT maduro wrapper, five-year-aged Cameroon Binder, five-year-aged Dominican Filler) to His Majesty’s Reserve, which runs for around $15,000 per box, Gurkha reminds us what an evening filled with the finest cigars and cognac can be: priceless.