I recently had the chance to try the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker, and it is one of the best cigars that I have had in quite a while. My review is below. This content uses referral links.
I received the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker in a recent Cigar of the Month Club shipment, and it was one of the best cigars that I have smoked in quite a long time. A cigar consisting exclusively of Nicaraguan tobacco, I was pleasantly surprised by the extraordinary experience the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker provided.
It may not have been the best cigar I have ever smoked, but it is undoubtedly on the shortlist.
As you can see from the picture above, the label was intricate, detailed, and perhaps a bit over the top. Nonetheless, it indicated the care and attention to detail put into this cigar.
Look and Condition of the Cigar
The cigar had a nearly flawless appearance. The veins were visible but smooth. While the leaf lacked the full oily sheen that I like to see, that’s the closest thing I could come up with in terms of flaws. The cigar appeared well-constructed and gave me no cause for concern.
The wrapper felt solid and well-constructed with just a slight give and a quick bounce-back. It also felt consistent throughout. I couldn’t find anything to criticize.
All the early indications were that the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker would be an extraordinary smoke. It was a beautiful cigar.
The Gurkha Black Ops Berserker’s wrapper smelled of leather and chocolate. It was subtle and smooth. Everything about it seemed perfect from the beginning.
The cut, however, fell short of perfection, producing just a slight fray. Overall, though, the cut was good and relatively easy, and the slight fraying created no issue during the smoke.
The cigar lit up perfectly and quickly with little effort. It was precisely what you want to see.
The draw of the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker was pure perfection. I was able to pull just the right amount of smoke out of the cigar with just the right amount of effort. It felt smooth and natural, and it continued as such throughout the smoke.
Flavor in the Nose
The flavor of the smoke in the nose was smooth and subtle. The smoke moved through my sinuses without causing any irritation or trouble, which was surprising given the hints of pepper. In addition to the peppery flavoring, I also sensed chocolate in the smoke.
Flavor on the Palette
This smoke was delicious. The flavor was perfect for my tastes. I picked up subtle hints of chocolate and leather mixed with a somehow smooth peppery flavoring in an easy smoke. On the heavier end of a medium-bodied cigar, it was just the right strength for the flavor profile.
It was one of the best-tasting cigars that I have ever had, and I hope to enjoy another one very soon.
Aroma of the Smoke
Following the initial light, the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker produced a subtle, spicy aroma. It wasn’t the best smelling cigar I’ve ever experienced, but it left little to be desired.
The burn wasn’t razor-sharp perfect, but the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker nonetheless burned evenly and smoothly throughout the smoke. The cigar never felt in danger of going out, and it never required any touchups.
The consistency and strength of the ash were just ok. I thought it broke off a bit too easily but not so easily as to be a problem.
Sensation of the Smoke
As I have written many times before, different people react to different cigars differently. For me, I don’t care for the nicotine-high that many other cigar smokers love. I like a cigar that leaves me feeling relaxed but nonetheless able to move on to the next thing without requiring time for recovery.
In this regard, the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker may not have been perfect, but it was close. It left me relaxed, with only the slightest hint of a nicotine buzz.
No Loose Tobacco
There was a flake or two of loose tobacco that I caught in my mouth at the beginning of the smoke (as can often be expected). Otherwise, however, the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker smoked cleanly, holding together without issue.
Final Grade of the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker
As I said before, the Gurkha Black Ops Berserker is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked in a long time. It was perfectly constructed, delicious, and satisfying.
At $9.00 per cigar at cigarinternational.com, it’s not cheap, but it is reasonable, particularly given its quality.
Final Grade: 96 / A
As always, I recommend Monthly Club’s Cigar of the Month Club. You’ll get five premium cigars delivered to your door monthly. (There’s also a more expensive Rare Cigar Club available, for those who are interested.)
The opportunity to try a variety of high-quality cigars and to learn more about cigars in general through the accompanying tasting notes has been an invaluable experience for me. I have enjoyed being a member for the past several years, and I recommend giving it a try.
If you’re interested and would like to use my referral link, I would appreciate it. If you’d prefer not to use my link, however, I still recommend the club. Just go to the Monthly Clubs’ Cigar of the Month website to explore Monthly Clubs’ offerings.