Months ago I planned on reviewing both the 601 Blue and Black but, like lot’s of things, I quickly forgot. So when Brian posted his review of the 601 Oscuro a few weeks ago it reminded me that I had planned on reviewing this stick. The 601 comes to us courtesy of Eddie Ortega and Erick Espinonsa, creators of EO Brands (United Tobacco) by way of a partnership with Don Pepin Garcia.
This stick features a dark and oily Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. The veins are visible on the wrapper, but nearly undetectable by touch. Pre-light aroma yields a robust blend of barnyard and sweetness that really gets my salivary glands working. Like all cigars that come from Pepin, this cigar is beautifully constructed and is topped with a triple cap. I clipped the cap with my Xikar cutter, and took a few pre-light draws. Most notable was the black pepper which hit me right on the tip of my tongue. Once I set fire to the foot, this cigar took on a life of it’s own.
Name: 601 Maduro (Blue Label)
Company: United Tobacco
Made by: Don Pepin Garcia
Made in: Esteli, Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Comes in: Boxes of 20
Vitola: Robusto (5 1/4″ X 52)
It’s difficult to explain just how much I enjoyed the 601 Blue. This was a full-flavored and full-bodied cigar and maintained a wonderful balance. With the balance and smoothness in mind, I think the 601 Maduro could be enjoyed by just about any cigar enthusiast. The black pepper was never a predominant flavor, so those that are leery of spice can rest assured that this stick won’t fry your taste buds.
Also, in the spirit of our March Contest I’m requesting that you make some suggestions on cigars you would like to see me review. It’s easy to just review cigars I want to smoke, but it’s more important to review what you want to hear about. So give me a few suggestions, and I’ll do my best to work them into future reviews.