(Gurkha) Black Ops Maduro – review

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filller/Binder: Nicaragua
sizing: Churchill, Robusto, Toro, Torpedo
Churchill selected for review

These come up on C-bid with so much regularity, I had to give them a try. I was able to score a 5pk for $7, and with a few other items on the way, it was worth it. These “normally” run around $5 per stick and are also available in Habano and Connecticut wrappers

Black Ops cigars are made by Gurkha owner Kaizad Hansotia and few consider them to be Gurkha’s more budget line.

The Maduro stick I took with me to the lounge was well built; firm along it’s length with no soft spots. There was a pronounced vein through the middle part of the cigar. The pre-light draw was mild with flavors of tobacco and a bit of cocoa or coffee.

The pre-light flavors continued when lighting the cigar: Tobacco and coffee flavors. The flavors were very mild as was the overall tone of the cigar. I worked my way through the first third wondering if anything great was going to make way. I was not impressed with the first third. It was too mild in flavor, IMO, and was just over-all lacking.

Moving into the second third, it was apparent that the vein in the wrapper was not going to present an issue. The Black Ops smoked straight without any touching up required. The second third also brought on some changes: the cigar became a bit smokier, which was very welcoming at this point. Flavors of wood became more pronounced and there was a bit of coffee/cocoa still along for the ride. The flavor at this point was working its way to a more medium strength, as was the body.

Filling in at the last third, the Black Ops became a much more medium-full bodied and flavored cigar. It was the last third that finally got me to really like this cigar. The smoke was nice and thick. The flavor of thick coffee had a hint of pepper. Finally I had gotten to the part of the cigar I was hoping for.

Unfortunately, it was short lived. I took the last third down to the nub, but it just didn’t last long enough.

Right now, these are on sale at CI for about $3/ea, which I consider a good deal. Overall I think it was a decent cigar, but I think I’d rather try a different vitola to see if there is one that presents the cigar I found at the end of the Churchill.

About the author

Isaac Miller is a stay at home dad, kayak fisherman and a cigar fiend.