Today’s cigar is the Gurkha Royal Challenge Robusto in a 5x55 vitola. The Royal Challenge is a new release from Gurkha this year. The Royal Challenge has fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic with a Honduran Habano binder and a Connecticut shade wrapper. I can honestly say this has to be one of the most beautiful bands I’ve ever seen on a cigar. With flavors of pepper and cedar wood that help enhance the creamy buttery tones that are the core of this cigar. I chose this to be today’s cigar as it was on this day in remembrance of the victims of the shooting at Ft Hood on this day in 2009. On that day 13 were killed and 30 others injured in a senseless tragedy. I challenge us all to not forget them and their families that were left behind.