FrontRunners: Select Smoke
Gurkha Master Select
Inspired by a departed Indian brand, the Gurkha cigar now emerges from rolling rooms in the Dominican Republic. Yet its assertively spicy flavor evokes the piquant tastes of its original homeland.
With the Gurkha Master Select, a khaki sheath furthers the allusion, swaddling the cigars inside each individually numbered red mahogany box. The Master Select’s Havana 2000 wrapper cloaks a Dominican binder and Honduran/Dominican filler, and the cigars are aged for two years. Only 3,000 boxes each of 11 sizes are produced per year; our favorite is the Torpedo No. 6, in which the blend achieves its best balance. ($250 for a box of 25)