I have been looking forward to this Espinosa Cigars 601 La Bomba Warhead since I first read about it. If for nothing else, I was in love with the band and packaging, but also because I am a big maduro fan. I was lucky enough to snag one while I was at IPCPR this year and I've been letting it rest, waiting for the right time. Well, if anyone has noticed my general absence from "them internets" lately, you might have guessed that I have been busy. There is a lot going on down here right now, and I put in a couple 14 hour days preparing for a meeting. But I was finally able to lock down some free time last night, and decided it was the 601 Warhead's time.
The 601 La Bomba Warhead looks great! Nice construction with a very shiny, dark brown wrapper. I could tell this Warhead was an oily one. And a hefty stick at that, weighing in at 6.5" x 54. I clipped the cap with a guillotine cutter and noticed a VERY tightly packed head. I included a picture, but I don't think it did justice to just how tightly it was packed. The draw seemed quite tight, understandably, but I didn't want to cut off any more, for fear of ruining the 601 Warhead.
So I torched the tip and easily got a perfectly even burn line and a bright red glow, before I took a drag. Once I had it ready, I took the first draw and was surprised at the sweetness. I know maduro wrappers tend to be sweet, but this was still unexpected. The tail end of this first drag had a mild hit of spice, which was more of what I was expecting from the 601 La Bomba Warhead. The draw seems a bit tight, but the 601 is still pulling well and it is not giving me the troubles I thought it would. The smoke production is light but visible and the burn is great. Each mouthful has a rich, creamy "texture" and tastes of spicy, coffee tones. About an inch in, I start to get hit with very strong mocha flavors. Maybe even a bit of bitter, dark chocolate. Also, I am already starting to feel the strength of this tobacco.
Right close to the two inch mark, a bitter coffee note shows up. It's a good bitter, not something that makes me want to stop. And honestly, I am puffing away faster than I normally do, so about three inches in, I start to notice how strong the 601 La Bomba Warhead is. It's not knocking me down or making me sick. I can just feel the strength, kinda the way you can feel that first whiskey shot start to hit you. I had already had a full dinner, which is definitely recommended with the 601's and I was sipping on Jim Beam and coke. A MUCH needed refreshment after the week I had had. But about halfway into the 601 La Bomba Warhead, I decided it was time to switch to water. It was after all, only Thursday night. lol And the nicotine from the 601 was plenty for me.
601 La Bomba Warhead. What else can I say? It is a gorgeous cigar, in both tobacco and packaging, and it smokes like a dream. Never had to relight, surprising with the oily wrapper. It burned even, never needed a relight, and any little error was instantly fixed with a quick purge. The flavors were consistent and pleasing. I mean, for me, you can't get much better than coffee and chocolate, especially with a little bit of spice mixed in. The flavors did remain mostly the same throughout, but the intensity of it all still kept me satisfied. These are a limited edition, but if you can get your hands on these, DO IT!
A quick side note. I have honestly been a bit intimidated by the 601's. As anyone who browses the web, or chats with other cigar fiends will undoubtedly heard, the 601's are powerhouses. Lots of punch in what is usually quite a large package. (Giggity) So, I really haven't smoked any before this one. I had never smoked ANYTHING until I picked up cigars almost two years ago, and I only get 2-3 MAX smoked a week. So, my tolerance is not that high, but the 601 La Bomba Warhead was not a problem for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My point? If anyone reading this has/had the same mentality I did, this is just me saying, don't let that stop you. These are great cigars.