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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

601 Serie La Bomba Limited Edition Warhead
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Tim Ellis (timpellis)
94
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the 601 La Bomba Warhead.  Calling this new addition to the highly-acclaimed 601 cigars selection The Bomb is an understatement. The blend consists of an all-Nicaraguan longfiller & binder core rolled in a savory Habano Maduro wrapper leaf. If you love lots'a Ligero, you'll enjoy this explosive, extra-strength smoke in a Nicaraguan puro format. La Bomba is chock full of dark, spicy tobacco flavor.  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Chuck (Cfickter).  Thanks very much for your generosity Chuck!

Length:
6.5
Ring Gauge:
54
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Connecticut Broadleaf
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Full
Shape:
Toro

This cigar was enjoyed with Bourbon

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

Great feel to this cigar.  It is very smooth and the box press is well done. It feels smaller in the hand than a normal 54 would.  The cigar is stiff but not hard and I couldn't find any soft spots.  The cap with the "fuse" is very unique.  The wrapper is oily and dark without any noticeable veins.  Excellent draw after cutting.  The aroma had a classic cigar smell to it; strong and good hints of tobacco and a bit of sweetness.  Some pepper on the pre-light draw but not to the levels I was expecting given the reputation.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

1/3: The burn started a bit uneven that I think was due to the oils.  The smoke volume isn't high but the ash is a nice grayish white and holding on nicely.
2/3: Very similar to the first third but more smoke and the burn is even but the middle of the cigar seems to be burning a bit slower than the outside.
3/3: All burn issues gone, plenty of smoke and burning nicely down to the nub.

No relights needed, I even took a break to get a refill without issues.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Goes without saying that the band is awesome and one to keep.  The cigar itself is very well put together.  The box press is excellent and the draw was wonderful throughout.  The wrapper was oily wand dark perfection.  No blemishes that I could find.   The cap was well applied and cut easily with a straight cut.  As expected, it did take a bit to properly toast and light, normal fo an oily wrapper.

Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

1/3: Starts out strong but not overbearing.  The tobacco flavor from pre-light was the main flavor with a bit of something sweet.  I'm not great with this type of flavor but I would think some type of chocolate (not a sweets person).  I believe many people would call this a mocha flavor but as I am not a coffee drinker I can't verify this.
2/3: Still tobacco flavor with some hints of a leather and something woody.  The sweetness has been coming an going at times.  Still a strong cigar but not knocking me down.  The flavor really hasn't changed but that isn't a bad thing.  The flavor so far has been complex and consistent.  While the cigar is on the stronger side, it isn't overwhelming and is very pleasant.  
3/3: A bit more spice here at the end, like a parting gift.  The strongest the cigar has been so far.  Not sure if there is a real change or just the cigar winning the war.  The aroma is still very nice and the best way I can describe it is as follows: how a cigar from my childhood (grandfather) smells in my mind.  Just a classic aroma that without seeing the cigar, you would know it was a nice stick.

Summary

Overall an excellent cigar that I would love to put in my humidor and age for sometime. I can see it getting even better.  For sure this is a full bodied , strong cigar, but it isn't over the top.  It is very well balanced and more full bodied than just strong.  This could be different for someone who sticks to mild cigars but I love strong sticks and this one is great.  Thanks to Chuck for providing such a great cigar and taking such great care of it.  I let it sit for 21 days before smoking but the condition was so great I didn't have to.  Overall this cigar is a must try for anyone who enjoys full bodied, large cigars.  I grade very hard and a cigar really has to work to get into the 90's. I went with 94 but I could also talk myself into a 96 if I tried it again.  So the long and short of it, fantastic.



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