Hey, fellow cigar enthusiasts! Let’s dive into the Gurkha Cafe Tabac Red Cherry, a flavor-infused offering reintroduced by Gurkha in 2018. With its combination of cherry hints and premium Nicaraguan Habano tobaccos, I was eager to see how the sweetness of the cherries would interact with the rich, spicy Habano.


As a seasoned expert in the cigar industry with over 20 years of experience handling a wide variety of cigars, I was particularly interested in how this flavored option would stand out.

Alongside Red Cherry, Gurkha also released Classic Coffee and White Rascal Vanilla during this period, each designed to showcase their unique flavor profiles. Today, though, we’re zeroing in on the stone fruit notes of this medium-strength cigar.

Brand Overview

Gurkha Cigars, known for their opulence and celebrity following, date back to 1887. Named after the fearless Nepalese Gurkha soldiers, the brand saw a rebirth in 1989 under founder Kaizad Hansotia. What started with a spontaneous purchase of a cigar inventory during a trip to India led to the creation of a high-end cigar brand renowned for its luxurious packaging and sometimes eye-watering prices.

Cigar Specs

  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Sizes Available: 4 x 32

Cold Draw

Right from the start, the creamy golden-brown wrapper delivered a hit of cherry so intense it was like stepping into a candy store. Despite cherries typically having an acidic edge, the pre-light draw was delightfully sweet.

First Third

With its compact 4 x 32 size, I was curious about the flavor intensity this small stick could pack in a 15-20 minute smoke. The cherry flavor clung to my lips throughout, with just a hint of acidity peeking through after lighting. The profile settled into a classic sweet cherry, interspersed with notes of cinnamon, rose, and a light spice.

Second Third

As I progressed into the second third, the cherry flavor deepened, reminiscent of rich sour cherries. The sweetness intensified too, mingling with notes of almond and lush cocoa, all underscored by a syrupy tartness. A dash of cinnamon lingered on the finish, accompanied by a subtle woody note as the cigar burned down.

Final Third

The last part of the smoke maintained the sweet cherry theme, simple yet satisfying. The flavor profile didn’t stray far, filled with deep peppery and woodsy notes that lingered briefly after each puff.


The Gurkha Cafe Tabac Red Cherry lived up to its promise, delivering a juicy, sweet smoke balanced by a sharp richness from the tobacco blend. Perfect for unwinding after a long day, this cigar is an excellent choice for those who enjoy flavor-infused smokes that don’t skimp on quality.

Grab a tin or ten—available at Cigars.com for a cool $130.00 for 10 tins of 5 each. Enjoy the sweet simplicity of this deliciously flavored cigar!

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