A while back I saw a tweet from Eddie Ortega, of EO Brands, concerning their upcoming new release and giving folks an opportunity to try it. I quickly followed the link and signed up. Approximately a month ago two 601 La Bombas landed on my doorstep and I set out to fire them up and see what they were all about. The two samples I was given were the robusto and corona gorda. I first smoked was the Robusto (a few days after receiving the package)and then the corona gorda a few days later.
Name: 601 La Bomba
Company: EO Brands
Comes in: Unknown
Vitola: 5.5″ x 46
Without a doubt the first thing to catch my eye about this cigar was the long fuse-like pigtail cap. Maybe a little gimmicky considering the name of the cigar, but who cares; I’ve always been a fan of this kind of presentation. Secondly I have to mention how oily and thick the wrapper was. The wrapper was beautifully applied and was scarcely adorned with tiny veins. The aroma coming from this cigar was pungent and full of those barnyard aromas that I love so much. Everything about the construction foreshadowed the smoking experience I was about to have.
I clipped the head off of the cigar using my Palio cutter and took a few pre-light draws. The pull was perfect and yielded a light woody flavor with a punch of black pepper. Once I set fire to the foot that burst of pepper turned into a full out explosion of pepper. Th spice note off this cigar was so intense for the first inch that I could barely pick up any other flavors. As the spice began to mellow, and I use that term loosely, I could begin to pick up slight espresso and leather flavors. This cigar was full bodied and full and was finished off with a stout nicotine kick that would wreck and stomach if smoked pre-dinner. Towards the end the la Bomba began to pick up a nutty flavor, that worked well with the espresso flavors.
The cigar burned slowly and evenly beginning to end. The bright white ash fell of in solid one inch chunks. Thick white smoke poured from the 601 La Bomba which has an easy pull. Overall this cigar performed extremly well.
I’m really looking forward to picking up more samples of the 601 La Bomba after they make there ways to my local cigar shops. Not because I enjoyed the cigar that much, but because I’m really curious to see how some extensive aging would effect the cigar. This cigar was “balls to the walls” strong. Although I generally enjoy that kind of strength, I don’t think this cigar was balanced enough at it’s young age which had lead to my final thoughts. To me the 601 La Bomba shows a lot of agin potential. After 6 months in the humidor I’m thinking some of the complexity will come to light and some of the strength will be toned down.