Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto Cigar Review

The Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto cigar is a great cigar that is rich in flavors and included in the Gurkha Cigarnivore #3 Sampler, alongside other premium cigars that the brand has to offer. With a rich, complex flavor that is guaranteed to delight any cigar aficionado, this cigar is a premium smoke that is ideal for any special occasion. 

Wrapper Origin: ConnecticutShape: Double Perfecto
Length: 6Ring: 60
Wrapper: BroadleafList Price: N/A
Origin: Dominican RepublicStrength: Medium

Appearance of Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto

The Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto cigar uses a wrapper that is, in my opinion, colored in a perfect shade of brown. The wrapper is oily to the touch and firm when pressing. Not only that, but it also features minimal to no seams but has the subtle presence of veins.

As for the band of this cigar, just like any other Gurkha cigars included in the Gurkha Cigarnivore #3 Sampler along with this one, it uses two cigar bands; one that is placed close to the cap and the other below it.

The iconic Gurkha logo is placed in the middle, featuring a man holding a short sword, but has two long swords placed at his back, positioned as “X.” The word “Gurkha” is then written below the logo. The overall color of the first band is old-gold-inspired.

On the other hand, the second band is very opposite to the first band. The second band uses colors of black and silver, black being the background, while silver is used to color the word “Vintage” written to it and other details.

Smoking Experience

During the first third of smoking the Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto cigar, the first flavor note that welcomed me was its creaminess which is rich and present in the mouth. Then, a hint of cocoa and earth is in front of the flavor palette. There’s also a hint of spice, but it’s subtle, very subtle. It’s as if the spice is letting me know that it’s there. The draw of this cigar is quite good, although there’s a little bit of resistance; I don’t mind since it does not really require me to exert power in getting the flavors properly. The burn of this cigar is also doing good, but it’s not really razor-sharp.

For my second third of smoking the Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto cigar, the creamy flavor note is still as rich as it was during the first third and continues to linger in my mouth. On the other hand, the cocoa note transitioned into becoming a dark chocolate flavor, while the earth became leather at this point. I find the earth and leather an odd flavor transition, but I think it does well with how it blends with the other flavors. The spice is no longer present at this point, which I find disappointing because I think it would have been a great addition to the flavor profile, knowing how creamy this cigar is. As for the construction, the draw became loose at this point which I considered a good improvement, and the burn is also starting to become even. In addition, the ash is holding itself well.

For my final third of smoking the Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto cigar, the creaminess is still present up until the very end, but the only difference was that it became much richer; richer than it used to be during the previous third. Dark chocolate is still there, becoming the dominant flavor, accompanied by the leather note that mellows down a bit. The reason I could think of with that is that a black espresso flavor came forward, joining them at the front. In fact, the flavor is also present on the finish, making it a tasty cigar. As for the construction of this one, I can’t think of anything not good about it since the draw and burn are improving. The smoke output is generous, and although the ash fell off at this point, it still did a good job holding a considerable chunk of itself.


Overall, I had a great time smoking the Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto cigar, mainly for its flavor profile and performance. The ending flavor notes are cream, which is very rich all throughout, dark chocolate, leather, and black espresso. As you can tell, the flavors are more on a dark note, but with the cream flavor being rich, it made the overall flavor palette balance and complement one another.

The construction of this cigar is also commendable, especially after how the draw and burn improve during the second third. Moreover, this premium cigar produces an ample amount of smoke that has a scent to it that I can’t precisely identify, and the white ash of this one holds itself very well. This cigar is indeed medium to full in terms of strength.

The Gurkha Legend Vintage 2001 Double Perfecto cigar is a cigar that I will definitely buy in the future as something I can smoke again or even give to my friends as a gift. I also find this cigar perfect to smoke during the afternoon, after a heavy lunch, or if you want to take a break from work or any activities.

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Maria Morales

Maria Morales