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.”


Go time.

Espinosa Warhead II

Vitola: Grande Robusto

Size: 5 x 56

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Nicarguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

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”

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on August 21, 2014 at 9:31am

Hmmmm....I know neither one of us cared for the Warhead that much, so this makes me curious to pick up a 5er. Thanks for the review

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on August 21, 2014 at 9:32am

IB - I think it is worth it to pick up a fiver of them. I think they are leaps and bounds better than last year.

Comment by Charlie on August 21, 2014 at 1:43pm

Aren't all Espinoza made cigars pepper bombs? IDK if I'm a huge fan of 601 but I do want to try the new "orange" blend they just put out with the Brazilian wrapper.

Comment by Jason Meyers on August 21, 2014 at 5:56pm

Last year's Warhead did not impress me much either. Based on your review I will try to grab a 5 pack of the Warhead II. Espinosa makes great maduros when they get it right. 

Comment by 302JH (Jose) on August 21, 2014 at 6:10pm

Last years Warhead performs much better with a lot of age on them.  I have some resting.  Still a power house of a cigar even after it mellows out a bit.

Comment by Stogie Geeks on August 24, 2014 at 1:15pm

I agree the Warhead II is better than the Warhead I.  I'll go further.  This cigar might be the best box-press Broadleaf maduro to come out this year.



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