The Espinosa 601 La Bomba Warhead II, which premiered at IPCPR 2014, is the second annual Warhead release. The Warhead II is a similar blend to the Warhead I, but it had a minor change in one of the leaves due to availability.
The biggest difference to the blend is the vitola. The Warhead I was a 6.5 x 54 Toro while the Warhead II is a 5 x 56 Grande Robusto. Jerad reviewed the Warhead I last year.
Erik Espinosa had this to say about the Warhead II. “Although the Warhead II will have the same strength and flavor profile as the original, the blend was tweaked a bit due to the scarcity of tobacco used in this special release. We are planning on making Warhead an annual release and keeping it limited in production.”
Espinosa Warhead II
Vitola: Grande Robusto
Size: 5 x 56
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Cigars Smoked for this Review: Two
Price Point: $10.5 MSRP
Smoking Time: 94 Minutes
Cigar Purchased: Samples provided by Erik Espinosa
Quick Note: For this review we used my rating system. You can view it in detail here.
Notes of black pepper dominate out of the gate with notes of cedar and earth. The black pepper really takes over and has a serious bite on the retrohale and the back of the tongue. There is some soft sweetness which comes into the mix, but, overall, the black pepper is the main event.
As I progress, the black pepper moves into more of a white pepper which I find quite enjoyable. There is no doubt the Warhead II is a full bodied Nicaraguan.
The smoke has an almost velvet-like texture to it. There are notes of dry cocoa. The notes of white and black pepper still dominate while the strength is a medium and body is full. I will say the pepper notes have stepped back a bit and are more subdued.
Rounding out the Warhead II experience is very similar to how it started. Notes of black and white pepper dominate with the hints of cedar, earth, and cocoa. The end got a bit hot so I wasn’t able to nub it.
Conclusion: I enjoyed the Warhead II much more than I enjoyed the Warhead I. I think the decrease in vitola size has done wonders for the cigar. The construction was great and smoke production was fantastic. If you like 100% pepper bombs with a few flavors sprinkled in, then you will enjoy the Warhead II. I would have liked to see more flavor transitions, but otherwise, no complaints.
Overall Rating: 87 AKA “Five Pack”