601 La Bomba Napalm

This is an addition to the 601 series that every cigar aficionado knows or should know. The brand has a bit of a history, first owned by Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega at EO Brands and made at My Father cigars, then made by Rocky Patel when he distributed EO Brands and when EO Brands fell apart, Espinosa got the brand and now makes the cigars at his own La Zona factory downtown Esteli. And he created this new La Bomba line.

Now I was trying to find some information on the blend and I read about Ecuadorean wrappers, Connecticut Broadleaf, Nicaraguan Habano, so I’m confused, some websites even say it’s a Nicaraguan puro and the Espinosa website is ‘coming soon’ at the time of writing this review. All I can tell is that I bought it at one of the Smoke Inn locations back in 2014, after I returned from Nicaragua and spend a week in Florida before I flew back home.

The dark wrapper is dry and leathery, but what stands out is the long pig tail, that looks like a flint that is on a stick of dynamite, kind of like the firecrackers that the Two Guys Smoke Shop has made as a yearly limited edition by different factories. The wrapper is flawless, The construction feels good and the long flint makes the cigar quite unique. The ring is bright yellow with a 601 print of which the 0 is a bomb, a white banner saying la bomba, the brightness of the yellow is great. The aroma is quite strong and smells like barnyard with manure.

I cut the cigar because of the flint on the cap. The cold draw is a bit easy and has a well fermented tobacco taste with a spicy undertone. I lit the cigar with a single torch. I taste coffee, full and strong. After a quarter of an inch I taste wood and pepper. After a third I taste cedar, pepper and cinnamon, all strong and bold. Halfway the pepper toned down a little and I taste wood with a strange but tasty carrot flavor. The final third starts very peppery again.

The draw is loose, too loose for my liking. That makes the smoke a little thin. After a few puffs the draw and smoke get much better. The frayed ash is almost white. The burn is pretty straight. This cigar is one of the strongest cigars I have smoked in a long time and the flavors are equally strong and bold. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? In the future I’ll be singing La Bomba every time I hear Ritchie Valens or Los Lobos. Great cigar.

Score: 94

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601 Blue box pressed maduro prominente

A Dutch friend bought a box of these Don Pepin sticks and gave me one in a pass I did for a Dutch site and just the looks of the cigar made me curious. The knowledge that Don Pepin Garcia made and Eric Espinosa blended the 601 box pressed maduro made the urge to smoke it even bigger.

This stick reminds me of a chocolate bar, squared and dark. The wrapper is nice and oily with one huge vein. The cigar has a strong acidy barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the predraw is just fine. I get a raisin flavor from the predraw with pepper on my lips.
I taste a spicy earthy flavor with some coffee. The flavors are full. After two or three puffs I also get a pleasant bitter taste, like really dark chocolate.
After an inch the spice has gone and I taste earthy flavors with some toast and a sweet chocolate aftertaste. The toast disappears and instead I taste some wood. The earthy flavors remain dominant and the chocolate is a bit sticky on the palate. Even though the flavors don’t change often, I still like what I taste.
At the beginning the draw is a little bit on the loose side but it gets better along the way. I get plenty of thick white smoke and I was able to enjoy this cigar for an hour and 45 minutes. The firm ash is quite dark colored. When I purge the cigar I don’t get a flame and the burn is quite allright, I had to correct it once. This cigar is full flavored and full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah, I liked it a lot!

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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