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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

601 Serie La Bomba Limited Edition Warhead
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Jason (jharrisx5)
87
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 Lagunitas IPA

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This is one special looking cigar.  The wrapper is dark and glossy, shining with oils, and showing minimal veins.  The presentation is excellent, from the classy WW2 style bomb foot band to the fuse style cap.  Who doesn't like a fuse on their cigar??  If that doesn't promise a flavor explosion, I don't know what does!  The cigar has a very firm box press and is very heavy in the hand.  The cut was easy with my Xikar and the well applied cap resisted any unraveling, even with some heavy chomping.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

This cigar had an excellent, extremely slow burn.  I elected to do one touch-up during the first third to help even up the burn but I think it would have self corrected.  The ash was a dirty gray, but it was rock solid and held on well beyond half way before I knocked it off trying my second ash stand.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

The draw was just a bit tight for my liking so I dinged a couple points in that area.  Otherwise, the construction was stellar.  The appearance, and other physical aspects of the construction were on point and enhanced my enjoyment of the cigar.

Flavor: 30 Points of 45 Possible

This cigar started off differently than I expected...the initial flavor was sweet and deep with very little pepper and some dark earth flavors.  The smoke was oily and reminded me of molasses.  I also had a heavy mouth feel after each puff that lingered for about 30 seconds after easy expulsion of smoke.

As the smoke progresses, the pepper intensified a bit and flavors of leather and espresso developed.  The earthy notes remained and the nature of the smoke remained deep and meaty.  I found the flavors to really complement my IPA quite well.  Honestly, I wish I would have poured a scotch toward the end of the smoke...I think that would have really been a compliment.

The end of the smoke was dark espresso and slightly bitter leather.  Definitely full bodied and full flavored to match the deep hues of the wrapper.

Summary

This was an enjoyable smoke for me that lived up to the hype as a big boy smoke.  The flavor was full and the strength nearly full.  I didn't experience any nicotine rush, which is nice, but I prepared for the smoke with a meal and had some snacks on hand.  I think this is an improvement over the regular La Bomba line and I can see myself reaching for more in the future!  Thank you for the chance to enjoy and review this fine cigar!



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