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Gurkha cigars have a long history of craftsmanship, style and tradition. Dating back to the time when the sun didn’t set on the British Empire. At the time, India was ruled by Britain, and colonial soldiers were a common sight in the streets of Bombay and New Delhi. It was a different time, with different values.
However, in those times colonial soldiers came to know the local tobacco. And they started to make their own cigars from the high quality leafs that they found in the colony. These cigars were dubbed Gurkha cigars, after the legendary Nepalese fighters that British soldiers encountered.
A few years later, the rule of the Raja waned, but there were still British expatriates living in Indian territory, and who continued the tradition of smoking Gurkha cigars. These Gurkha cigars were produced in the territory of Goa, which was then still under Portuguese rule, as Operation Vijay hadnít started yet.
Today, Gurkha cigars are the epitome of premium cigars everywhere in the world. The finest quality, the best tobacco and the background of history and tradition makes Gurkha cigars the most sought after brand by those who can afford it.
As any luxury item, Gurkha cigars are not meant to be accessible to everyone, just like not anyone can ride a BMW or carry a Louis Vuitton purse. In fact, the most expensive Gurkha cigars cost as much as what some people earn in a month. I’m talking about how much ONE cigar costs, not a box.
There is a saying that goes if you have to ask how much it costs, then you can’t afford it. This can be a realization with Gurkha cigars. With a single cigar from their best collection costing as much as a bit more than a thousand dollars, and a case that goes in value of up to one hundred thousand dollars, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who has that kind of money AND is willing to spend it on something that is literally going to burn. This really gives a new meaning to the phrase burning money. If you tried to smoke a 100 dollar bill, it’ll be cheaper (although of course, not nearly as enjoyable).
It’s no wonder that only the rich (and not necessarily the famous) are the main fans of the brand. They are attracted not only by the brand name, but also the color, flavor, taste, texture and design that is representative of Gurkha cigars. And of course, the status image that inevitably comes from being seeing smoking a Gurkha cigar.
Posted by mostfamouscigar on March 31, 2012
The story of the Cohiba cigar starts in 1968 but the story of Cohiba starts in 1492 when Christopher Columbus first discovered the America’s. During his voyage he visited what is now known as the island of Cuba. The island natives introduced “Cohiba” to his sailors and it is said that they smoked the dry “Cohiba” leaves in a pipe called a “tobacco”. As the story goes, Columbus mistook the word “tobacco” to be the name of the leaves that they smoked, instead of the pipe. Seems like smoking Cohibas is a historical tradition, passed down through the centuries to modern day smoking aficionados.
The Cohiba cigar was introduced to the public by former Cuban president Fidel Castro in 1982. Before this event, only a select group of people (such as diplomats, close friends of Castro and high-ranking state officials) were priviliged enough to have the experience of smoking Cohibas, but today the brand is known for its quality and taste by all those smoking Cohibas.
The history of smoking Cohibas is tied closely with Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, probably the closest out of all the Cuban cigars. It was just after the revolution when Castro noticed his one bodyguard, Bienvenido Perez, was smoking a cigar. What attracted him to the cigar was the unique aroma that it possessed. He then proceeded to ask Perez about his cigar and Perez told him that it was actually a nameless cigar that his friend Eduardo Rivera personally rolled for him.
Shortly after making this discovery, Castro summoned Rivera and told him to start a small factory in a guarded mansion, just outside of Havana. The purpose of this factory was to start rolling cigars with the best possible ingredients, for the exclusive use by the president. The brand name “Cohiba” was only applied to Rivera’s cigars in 1968, though the cigars were only available to the highest Cuban government officials, to Castro’s family and important diplomats. The Cohiba brand was only made available to the public in 1982 but due to the trade embargo between Cuba and the United States of America, smoking Cohibas was limited to only markets outside of the US. Only three sizes were initially launched though. They were the Cohiba Panetela, the Cohiba Corona Especial, and the Cohiba Lancero.
Cohibas are known to be made from the finest cigar tobacco that is available in Cuba. The tobacco for the Cohiba cigars is selected from the best of the first-class tobacco fields. In 1992, only ten fields were selected for the production of Cohiba cigars, totalling 700 acres. The exact locations of these fields are kept secret to avoid any possible theft of the Cohiba recipe and theft of the tobacco used in the production of Cohiba cigars. Experts agree that smoking Cohibas is a incredible smoking experience and describe it as medium-bodied and full of flavour.
As far as cigar smoking goes, smoking Cohibas is one of the finest premium cigar smoking experiences you’ll ever have.
Posted by mostfamouscigar on March 28, 2012