Gurkha Vintage Shaggy


Tonight’s smoke was something I picked up recently at a Gurkha event Ed was having at his shop. Before things get started, I should mention that I’m pairing up with water, and a few sips of The Balvenie 17 year scotch. Gurkha refers to themselves as the Rolls Royce of cigars. When I think of Rolls Royce, I think of an over priced, unreliable car driven by the muckiest of muckity mucks. Tell me it’s the Toyota of cigars, and you’ll get my attention. Let’s see how this goes…


Gurkha Vintage Shaggy
Wrapper: Dominican (aged 8 years)
Binder: Dominican (aged 6 years)
Filler: Dominican (aged 6 years)
Size: Torpedo 6.5 x 53
Price: $6 – $8.00 a stick



The cigar was very firm when squeezed, and the wrapper looked bumpy. Sniffing the foot revealed a woody smell, and the wrapper honestly had a slight odor of poo. I can’t forget to mention the foot, and what I assume is the cigar’s namesake. The wrapper is cut short about a half of an inch, revealing the binder and filler. The pre-light draw was good, and had notes of wood and hay. The ash was firm and only came off because I initiated it. The burn required no touch-ups.

The first third kicked things off with a smooth spice & pepper. Very smooth and different eathy notes appeared about an inch in. I can’t help but wonder if what I tasted was leathery. Its hard for me to tell, since I always have problems identifying leathery flavors.


The second third introduced itself with a sweet, somewhat chocolaty taste. I came to the conclusion that I was indeed tasting earth/rich soil as opposed to leather. The pepper and spice were really noticeable when passing though the nose, but remained smooth.


The last third became what I think it should have been all along. That sweet mocha really intensified and made me pay attention. As I progressed towards the end, rich coffee notes became prominent, and the pepper/spice smoothed out even more. Earthy notes lingered in the background.


I can’t deny it… This was a good cigar. The flavor profile, mainly the last third, was really enjoyable. Is this the Rolls Royce of cigars? Definitely not. But I can’t deny Gurkha makes quality cigars, and this was no exception. If medium to full body cigars are your thing, give this a try.


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13 Responses to “Gurkha Vintage Shaggy”

Tom Humes January 28th, 2009 at 12:37 am

Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

Tom Humes

Tom January 28th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Thanks Tom, glad you like the site. Stay tuned as I get my hands on more cigars to smoke!

Tommy Zman January 28th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Wow, is everybody here named Tom?

Your report on the Shaggy is right on, bro. A very nice cigar that looks a little funky but smokes and tastes great.

I write for Cigar Magazine and I can tell you that you’ve done a very nice job on your site!

Good Luck, T!

– Tommy Z.

Tom January 28th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Tommy Z –

Usually after I do a review, I’ll compare it to others. I didn’t to that with the Shaggy yet. Glad I was at least in the ballpark.

Glad you stopped by!

Doc8466 February 4th, 2009 at 6:37 am

Great review Tom! I too tried this at a Gurkha event a couple months ago in MD. They gave one away with ever 2 Gurkhas you bought. I am not a fan of Dominican tobacco as I find it to mild and usually boring. With that, this is 100% the best Dominican smoke I’ve ever had, and it also made me reconsider my bias/stereo type toward Dominican smokes. Thanks again!


Tom February 4th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Honestly, I enjoy Dominican tobacco. There are so many variables when growing, fermenting, aging tobacco… I tend to not worry to much about where it is from.

Gurkha makes some good stuff. I want to hate them. But I can’t deny the quality they have.

Danny March 12th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

lol Tom, I almost spit out my coffee I was laughing so hard when I read..

“the wrapper honestly had a slight odor of poo.”

hahaha. Gotta love these reviews.

Tom March 15th, 2009 at 6:42 am

I’ve had a few smokes with that characteristic, and they usually end up being good smokes!

Mike - KnightRid June 1st, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Just FYI – I am more of a mild-medium smoker and I LOVE this cigar! It is not harsh tasting to me like so many other medium-full or full bodied cigars are.

I think most Gurkhas are WAY overpriced, but this one is a bargain compared to their others!


Tom June 3rd, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Like I’ve said many times… I WANT to hate Gurkha, but they generally have good cigars. I can’t argue about the high prices, that gets on my nerves. But still, they deliver a good smoking experience. DAMN YOU Gurkha!

Ben Lee February 20th, 2010 at 12:23 am

I love the Shaggy, but I prefer the natural to the maduro version.

Mel February 15th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

I just ordered 15 of these to try. Your review made me excited for them to get here!

Mark Williams June 13th, 2015 at 11:50 pm


I just tried my first Gurkha Shaggy cigar at a baby shower for my best friend. It was amazing! I can’t recommend it enough. Mark

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