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Gurkha’s boldest offering yet.The Japanese Yakuza is a feared, international organized crime syndicate who are known for their copious tattoos and missing pinky fingers. In conceptualizing Gurkha Yakuza, Kaizad Hansotia knew he had to come up with an exceptionally strong and robust blend to live up to the Yakuza legend, so a Connecticut leaf will not be found. A blend as special as Yakuza shouldn’t come with run of the mill packaging, so in true Gurkha style, Yakuza cigars are packaged in an intricately hand-carved box. Each humidor-style box is individually hand-carved on 5 sides by a Nicaraguan artisan in the style of traditional Japanese tattooing, and comes with a 2-tiered lift out tray that can hold up to 50 premium cigars.Gurkha Yakuza kicks down the door with four different helpings of ligero, and comes dressed in a dark, oily Ecuador Habano wrapper. Beneath the sheets you’ll find a fierce long leaf blend of premium Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos with a feisty Nicaraguan binder. Gurkha Yakuza is full-bodied and memorable, with flavors of leather, spice, espresso, nuts, and charred oak, lending to a satisfying and complex cigar.
...actually worth the price.
Gurkha’s Yakuza is stunning. Yes, even for the brand known for their extravagant packaging, they’re actually outdone themselves with an elaborate, unrivaled, hand-carved box. Even though the most hardened enthusiast’s jaw would still drop upon first sight of this beauty. But you know the old adage, “You can’t smoke the packaging…”
We’ve seen this before from Gurkha, right? Stunning design, average blend, right? Wrong. Yakuza was a surprise from the first moment I fired one up. Coming across as full-bodied, Yakuza has this subtle creaminess to the blend that keeps it from becoming to over-powering. Otherwise, your palate gets hit with notes of spice, espresso, and oak that really drive home a relaxing feeling. This paired really well with a nice bourbon and is the perfect nightcap to a long day. My only complaint? The price. These beauties will set you back a few coins but these are one of the few cigars that actually live up to the price tag.