Los Angeles, January 7, 2011 – Gurkha made its reputation on offering excellent cigars in astonishing packaging at prices that appealed to the "upper crust." Triad is just such an offering.

With retail pricing of $50.65 for the Triad Natural or $100.65 for the Triad Platinum, this is not a cigar for everyone. But for those who try it, it is a journey into the unknown . . . at that price, what can it be?

Triad - Platinum:
[Honduras: available in 1 size]
cgr pix-gurkha triad band 150x250Ever smoke a $100 cigar? That's what is in store for those who pick out a Triad Platinum, an extra-dark cigar that features a 10-year-old Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, an eight-year-old Cameroon binder and eight-year-old Dominican filler leaves. Is it worth it?

The cigar itself is coddled in a cedar sheet with a black nylon ribbon at the bottom to protect the foot. It sends up a spicy, rich aroma upon lighting and while it has a full-bodied presence in the mouth, its flavor is smooth from the start.

The Triad Platinum is made in only one size, a double corona of 7 1/4 inches by 52 ring, and its dimensions demand that the smoker take the time to appreciate it. The opening inch treats you to a burst of tangy, fruit-like flavor, with a very light touch of spice on the tongue on the finish.

It's rich, but subtle and rather understated in its own way. The flavors don't scream, but are lush and mellow with excellent balance and lightness. Although a maduro-wrapped double corona, the Platinum is measured and subtle. Because of this, it is likely better to smoke it indoors and at leisure so that the finesse of this blend is fully captured; you'll miss that if the Platinum is smoked outdoors.

The blend becomes more complex in the second half, as the spiced notes come to the fore, with a dash of pepper added in the third quarter. But the taste is never harsh or aggressive and the balance and class are maintained throughout. The draw is excellent and the burn is even throughout.

A sweet note, balanced with spice and a little less pepper, is on hand for the final quarter of this cigar, offering a nicely-balanced end to a cigar that any smokers will have high expectations of, thanks to its price.

The Platinum is, as one expects from Gurkha, brilliantly presented in hand-carved chests of 20; even when the cigars are gone, the memory will linger every time you see the box on your nightstand or dresser! The Platinum is priced at $106.50 apiece, with boxes of 20 retailing for $2,013.00, not including local tobacco or sales taxes!
Overall grade: : Excellent.

It is important to note that the Triad Platinum and Triad Natural may share the same brand name, but are different blends. Are they worth their lofty prices? That's an individual decision, but there is no doubt that these are cigars of very, very high quality, workmanship and taste.
~ Rich Perelman


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