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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

601 Serie La Bomba Limited Edition Warhead
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Adam (BewareDaPenguin)
80
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 Water

Pre-Light: 19 Points of 10 Possible

Cigar looked like it was in charge! Was a super dark toothy wrapper with a "bomb/ warhead" band around the foot. Cigar was boxed pressed which has been pretty popular, but this was done well and the cigar felt good in your hand. Wrapper had minimal veining with nice seams, very nice roll. Cigar smelled very "potent" is all I can think of HAHA. Pre-light aroma was a very strong tobacco and earth. The cap had some spice pepper on it with a pre-light draw. You have a feeling you are in for a full flavored treat that oozes potent.

Light & Burn: 9 Points of 15 Possible

It cut up clean and lit up nice. It started to burn rather unevenly right off the bat, but slowly caught back up. I did have some burn issues after about the halfway point and the cigar needed touch ups from the 1/2 point on, which was frustrating. It also actually tunneled on me 3-4 times into the last 3rd which took away from the experience babysitting the burn for the 2nd half. The ash held on for about and inch and then it would fall off every 1/2 inch. It was a nice dark grey salt & pepper color ash that flowered at the foot and as mentioned didn't hold on very well. The cigar did however put out a ton of smoke as I was worried because of the tight roll.

Construction: 24 Points of 30 Possible

The cap was nicely applied and cut super clean. The dark wrapper was also nicely selected and looked great with no big lumps or soft spots. I had no problems with tar buildup & the draw was excellent, but the tunneling and constant touch-ups got old. The roll felt tight, but again it drew very well. Cigar had a nice box press and felt good in your hand. It is a nice size cigar.

Flavor: 28 Points of 45 Possible

The first few puffs of this stick are very rich & earthy and definitely leaves a pepper aftertaste that lingers until the next draw. I believe some of the spice was actually on the cap of the stick as the pepper only lasted into the 1st third and I tasted it pre-light. That rich earthy, spicy tobacco flavor was in the medium range but slowly made it's way up into the medium-full range going into the 2nd third. The 2nd third introduced some dark chocolate notes that replaced most of the pepper blast from the start keeping this in the medium realm. There's still a very potent oak & earth flavor mixed in as well. The final 3rd didn't develop much for me as I was having some burn issues so it was hard to concentrate while touching it up and trying to keep it from tunneling. The cigar was definitely on the higher end of the medium-full ranged but never went over the top full which is what I expected.

Summary

Thanks again Chuck & Cigar Geeks for the chance to do this review. Overall this was a decent stick that let me down with some burn issues but started out great with rich, spicy, earthy tobacco. At first sight cigar appeared to be a full flavored stick but settled nicely into the medium-full range, although I was glad I ate before smoking it! I enjoyed this stick until the constant burn issues hit after the halfway point and then it was downhill. The flavors were very potent and full, so expect this cigar to live up to the "warhead" name as it is very up front about it's richness even in the pre-light. If you like full flavors I'd suggest giving this stick a try as I may have had a dud. I would also imagine a few years rest would do this cigar some good by mellowing it out a touch. Wouldn't mind trying this stick again but it's not something I would go seek out. Thanks again!



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