The Gurkha Ninja is one of two easier on the wallet front marks (Viper being the other) that debuted at the 2010 IPCPR in New Orleans this year, that feign far from the price points, packaging, and bands that Gurkha has been well known for; however, there is no departure from the quality of the cigars. The Ninja comes in six faces, from the domineering 6×60 XO and Perfecto #2 to the diminutive 4.5×48 Spike; all adorned in a dark and oily Brazilian maduro wrapper, with a Cameroon binder, and Nicaraguan filler, hailing from the Dominican Republic.

The Brazilian maduro wrapper smells of cocoa, mahogany, paprika, and thyme; and tastes of anise, bell peppers, cumin, dill, espresso, leather, mesquite, mocha, oak, peat, sweet cream butter, tangerine, tarragon, and white chocolate. The draw is tight, but doesn’t require much effort.

The toasted foot smells cinnamon, cracked black peppercorns, hickory, oregano, and peat.

From the lit foot come hints of bell peppers, cedar, 67% cacao, caramel, jalapeño peppers, mesquite, oak, thyme, and white peppercorns. The smoke is cloud white off of the foot and exhale; the ash is salt & pepper in complexion.

The ash rings in one to two millimeter bands (two millimeters where the foot canoes). Every single one of these Ninja’s that I’ve had has canoed; I find that this is inherently due to the overly oily nature of the wrapper.

Around the four inch mark, the hints begin to sweeten with butter cream, caramel, cedar, cocoa, ground espresso beans, Madeira, mahogany, mocha, molasses, sugar cane, and thyme. The body lies at medium to full, and the strength is also medium-full.

Given the great price point on this front mark I really don’t care if they all canoe, as you really get a lot of bang for the buck with these sticks.

At the two and a half inch mark and has been burning now for two and a half hours now, like I said a lot of bang for your buck.

Purchased from on August 24th, for 99.95$ (box of twenty) w/shipping.