Pre-Release Review: Espinosa 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb

The 601 La Bomba by Espinosa Cigars is adding a new vitola in early May, called the Sake Bomb. The Sake Bomb is a slightly tweaked version of the core 601 La Bomba blend, according to Cigar Coop.


Here is some deets about the new release…


  1. It was announced on Cigar Dojo’s Smoke Night Live on 3/13.
  2. The Sake Bomb will come in ten count boxes.
  3. The price points as of today is still TBD


Enough back story, time to smoke this sucker.

Espinosa Cigars 601 La Bomba “Sake Bomb”

Vitola: Petite Corona

Size: 4.5 x 42

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Beverage: Ceylon Black Tea

Smoking Time: 60 Minutes

Cigars Smoked for this Review: 2

Price Point: TBD

Cigar Purchased: Samples sent from Espinosa Cigars

Normally, I rate cigars with my ranking system, but since this is a pre-release, I am going to let you decide; although, I am going to give you my overall thoughts.


Also, Matt wasn’t able to edit my review. Please don’t judge me :)

Let me start with this


I am very excited to smoke the Sake Bomb, although the blend is a little different from the original La Bomba. While I am excited for this release, I am also a little annoyed. I don’t handle the cold as well I used to, since I now live in Texas, and I really wished the Sake Bomb would have launched in October. It would be have been the perfect short winter smoke.




Sake it to me :) I know it is really corny, but I had to do it.


All kidding aside, I really enjoyed the Sake Bomb. I think anyone who enjoys the La Bomba or full bodied cigars will enjoy the Sake Bomb. The retrohale on the Sake Bomb for me is bliss, but for a novice smoker is going to hurt. I think Dustin/Rob would probably die if they smoked it. The profile is very comparable to the La Bomba, but takes it in a notch. I would assume Espinosa had to use less ligero in the blend, due to the vitola. The Sake Bomb had great flavors which I enjoyed; although the flavor profile remained about the same during the entire smoke.


I think the key for the Sake Bomb to be a massive success, is the price point. I think for the Sake Bomb to be a success, it will need to be sub-five dollars to compete with the likes of Illusione R, Ortega Mini’s, Reinado Habanito, ect.




There is just a great spice/pepper to the Sake Bomb, which is really present in all La Bomba’s. I will say the Sake Bomb has softer spice/pepper notes, but is still pretty savage. There are notes of earth and leather, and a surprising sweet finish, which works well with the spice/pepper. There is an interesting bitterness which hits your tinge, which is actually quite pleasant. I would compare it to when you bite into a steak, which is coated in pepper, and you have steak sauce which contains some vinegar. The Sake Bomb turns down the spice into a very rich leather notes in the second half. The Sake Bomb remained cool to the nub and smoked for right at an hour.

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on April 17, 2014 at 8:13am

I was just bombed one of these, letting it rest a bit, but very excited to try it....thanks for the review....I thought the Warhead was a bit too long in the size, this is right up my alley though.

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on April 17, 2014 at 8:26am

I appreciate that you were taken out by team Russia.

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 17, 2014 at 11:15am

Irratebass - I would agree. I wasn't a huge fan of the warhead

Surgeon - while this may be true, I am planning something epic.

Comment by Daniel Berry on April 17, 2014 at 1:08pm
Sounds like I'm gonna have to search this one out..
Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 17, 2014 at 1:10pm

Daniel - you will need to check it out. It is a solid cigar. BTW, you better setup on Angry Birds this week. I am pulling away son!

Comment by 007MI6 on April 17, 2014 at 1:20pm

I didn't really care for the La Bomba original, but I'm a big fan of the Warhead. Different strokes. ;)

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 17, 2014 at 3:56pm

007 - you are right. I didn't really like the Warhead, but loved this cigar.


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