Here is some deets about the new release…
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
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.