CigarCraig’s Holiday Giveaways No. 1 – Gurkha Goodies

Most will remember the good old days, before FDA scared all the manufacturers away from giving away cigars, when we called this ” CigarCraig’s 12 Spectator Days of Cigar Giveaways “. Many times it went beyond 12 days due to the generosity of the manufacturers. Over the five years we did that we put well over a thousand cigars in consumers hands, along with a ton of accessories and SWAG (actually not the best use of the acronym for Stuff We All Get). Last year I did a scaled back version which gave me more time to spend with my family and was easier on my shipping budget. So it’s high time to get the holidays rolling with some CigarCraig Giveaways! These will run for a week, with the winner for today’s giveaway being announced next Sunday. Usual rules apply, leave a comment here for a chance to win and you must be of legal age in your municipality.



Gurkha Prize Pack CC2017We’ll start off the giveaways with some goodies from Gurkha. Like the other items in this year’s giveaways, these gifts were unsolicited, a random collection of promotional items I’ve collected over the years and want to share with my loyal readers. Included in the Gurkha present is a Gurkha mouse pad, a Gurkha flask, a super cool Gurkha cutter (that I’d keep if I didn’t have so many darned cutters!) and some cigars from my humidor.  The cigars include a Founders Reserve from this year’s IPCPR and an East India Trading Co. Classic Havana Blend Robusto, as well as a sampler from the 2015 (I think) IPCPR show which includes Cellar Reserve 12 year (Platinum) and 18 year (Edición Especial), The Classic Cigar: Havana Blend, A Royal Challenge Maduro, a Heritage and the Cask Blend, all in, more or less, Toro-ish sizes. I’ve smoked all of these and they’re all great cigars. Thanks to Gurkha for the goodies and good luck everyone!


Gurkha Cutter CC2017

Gurkha Cigars CC2017










That’s all for today, until the next time,








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57 Responses to CigarCraig’s Holiday Giveaways No. 1 – Gurkha Goodies

  1. mike mccain

    Thanks for another great year of reviews and contests, Joyeux Yule and Merry Christmas Craig!

  2. Jeff Ketcham

    Nice way to kick it off. Now the Christmas Cigar season is lit!

  3. Matt Wells

    Nice prize!

  4. Brian Impson

    You’re right about that cutter. It does look like a nice one.

  5. Thanks for the opportunity. Things just aren’t there same anymore.

  6. Freakboy791

    My favorite time of year. Thanks Craig for these contests. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. Matt Henrich

    Welcome Back, Craig’s Holiday Giveaways!

  8. Steve C

    Thanks for the great contests and all you do. MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!

  9. Duane Holmes

    Ya know I’m in!
    Happy Holidays to all!!

  10. Matthew Denico

    Nice bunch of sticks

  11. Patrick Geer

    Awesome prize! Thanks for doing this again, and always enjoy reading the blog posts. 🙂

  12. Randall Simon

    Happy Holidays and thanks for the contest

  13. John Budka

    Thanks again Craig, for the contest. A Merry Christmas to all.

  14. Jack Campbell

    Well played sir well played

  15. George Maitland

    Happy Holidays Craig!


    Gurkhas were ferocious fighters and evidently they make a helluva smoke.

  17. Kevin D. Shahan

    A great way to start off the giveaway season!

  18. And the 12 days have begun. Thanks Craig and good luck everyone.

  19. Garry Cawthorn

    Craig always has the best giveaways.. Let the 12 of christmas begin..

  20. An amazing gift package from Gurkha!

  21. Karl B.

    Thanks, Craig, and Merry Christmas!

  22. Lonnie W. Brooks

    Wow, Thanks Craig, thanks for being good to us!

  23. Jerry Bell

    Count me in!! Thanks Craig.

  24. Adrian Quick

    Merry Christmas!

  25. Smoke770

    Looks good Gurkha!

  26. Kyle Brewer

    Excited for a chance to win!

  27. Kyle Keckler

    Good start to the giveaway. Been away from your site for a couple of years, but it’s enjoyable reading you on Twitter and what you’re smoking. Merry Christmas!

  28. James Appello

    Great prize pack! Gurkha has stepped up their game lately, with much success! Winning this would be awesome!

  29. Swede Lindstrom

    MERRY CHRISTMAS Craig. Thank you again for your contest. And thanks Gurkha.

  30. Donald Santos

    Thank you for your great reviews and this giveaway and also putting together the Secret Santa wishing you and yours a joyous Holiday season

  31. paul1954

    Craig, I thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to the 12 days of giveaways, and had been amazed by the generosity of vendors. Nice to see you carry on the tradition in the face of FDA restrictions! Thanks.

  32. Jeffrey Martin

    Another great giveaway. Thanks again

  33. Thanks Craig. I wish the FDA hadn’t put a crimp in the whole thing.

  34. John Hateley

    Been waiting all year, thanks for the contests Craig!

  35. Good contest and prize. Thanks for the blog.

  36. Randall Simon

    Gurkha has definitely improved over the years and their boxes make great collectibles.

  37. Commish

    Great prize to start the Christmas Giveaway! Thanks.

  38. lorri garelick langmaid

    Thank you for the contest, and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family Craig!!

  39. Craig as always Merry Christmas and thanks for doing this… again. and agin!

  40. Not going to win…. And Merry Christmas to all

  41. Nathan Zimmerman

    Merry Christmas Craig! I’m still reading…

  42. Patrick

    Love your Christmas Craig!
    Life is good

  43. Lee Sorensen

    Thanks for kicking off the Christmas season with a bang Craig!!
    Love your news letter and I often buy the cigars your talk about, and have loved the information you provide!!!

  44. KOPTim

    Merry Christmas ! Good looking cigars and stuff.

  45. Matt

    Ghurka, nice!

  46. Still enjoy your blog…Merry Christmas Craig!

  47. Mike Weinstein

    Happy Holidays and thanks for another great contest!

  48. Gary Walston

    I;m in Craig/

  49. P.M.

    season’s greetings! Craig, thank you for the Gurkha prize package. i hope you’re enjoying the festive season.

  50. Jeff Brooks

    I have always looked forward to your contests! Gurkha Ghost fan here, Merry Christmas!

  51. Kirk

    Merry Christmas Graig always a pleasure reading your blog, Thanks

  52. Love me some Gurkha! 🙂

    (NOTE: I won earlier in the year, but couldn’t find a rule about entering/winning again. I avoided entering a few contests, but it’s been a while. Plus: Gurkha! 😀 )

  53. Chuck

    Always good to get some Gurkha. Thanks for the opportunity.

  54. Dan Colley

    I have a Gurkha Beast Salamon that has been in my humidor forever, it seems. I guess it’s time to see if it is still smokable.

    All the best of the season to everyone. Safe travel if you are on the road.

  55. Joe K

    Love the blog Craig, hope to smoke one again with you soon at Gooses or suburban

  56. Tim S

    Another great contest. Keep up the great work.