Cigar Review: Gurkha Micro Batch VH-7

by Daniel on September 29, 2009

Gurkha Microbatch Liga VH-7

Brand: Gurkha Cigars
Line: Micro Batch
Vitola: Liga VH-7 (Toro; 6 x 50)
Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Jamastran Habano
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Dominican
Body: Medium-to-full
Strength: Medium

Cigar stores are a great place to hang out and pick up a stick or two, but when you’re buying in bulk, it’s difficult to resist the allure — and the price — of internet retailers. They’ll get great deals many brick-and-mortar shops just don’t.

When I saw a freebie deal on Cigars International for the Micro Batch sticks, I decided to take a shot with the Gurkha Micro Batch Liga VH-7.

The VH-7 is a box-pressed cigar, and is made with a slightly veiny — but mostly smooth — Jamastran Habano wrapper from 2003. According to the site, only 45,000 of these cigars were made.

I typically switch between cutters and punches, depending on the cigar’s vitola and my mood, but I used a punch for this particular stick and I got a great pre-light draw that was extraordinarily leathery.

Once lit, the cigar was earthy and leathery, and its Habano wrapper was quite tangy and tasty. The sweet, caramel taste of my drink, a Bass Pale Ale, brought out the flavors of the stick.

The cigar was maintained properly in my humidor, but I noticed that about a third of the way in, it started canoeing a bit up one side. This evened out after about an inch, though. Otherwise, the Liga VH-7′s burn was even and the burn line was thin.

As the cigar progressed, it got more even more leathery, a hint of nuts, which I enjoyed at first, but then it only got more leathery from there.

Verdict: I found the Gurkha Micro Batch Liga VH-7 too one-dimensional. There was too much leather, which overpowered everything else: the nuts, the earthiness — everything. It tastes good, and there’s some heft to it, mbut if you’re looking for something more complex, you may want to look elsewhere.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Usman Bhatti September 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I am holding Vh-7 in my hand right now, after reading your review i think i will pass on smoking it!

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Daniel September 30, 2009 at 10:24 am

You should give it a go and see if you like it, Usman. Everyone has different tastes!

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adam April 30, 2010 at 10:56 am

I found it could use a bit more leather flavor. I thought it had a bread note. Pleasant nut note. The 2nd hlf is better than the first. Gorgeous wrapper. Ash left something to be desired. Mine didn’t burn evenly. Nice draw for a box pressed. Prefer either Gurkha signature more. Glad I didn’t order more microbatch. Can understand why some may like it. Out of a 10 (a graycliff 1666 being that) I would say this ranks a 6.5 (aka worth trying if puchased at less than $4 per).

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Jeff August 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

This is actually one of my favorites. I love the fact that not everyone loves the taste as they are now a tremendous bargain. I do love the taste and the entire quality of the smoke.

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TommyD October 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Try rolling this cigar through your nose and you will see the pure power of this cigar. Awesome smoke and leaves a burn in the nose which reminds me of tingeling wasabi leaves

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