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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

601 Serie La Bomba Limited Edition Warhead
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Sébastien (Mojo66)
92
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, lots of it

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar seems very well made and it’s a beauty to look at. The band is a work of art and very original. The wrapper is dark and inviting and smells like unsweetened chocolate. This thing is screaming at me to light it already. I would not say the wrapper was oily, but it wasn’t dry either as there was a little sheen to it. The cap ends in a fuse and is very well applied.

The cold draw brings that unsweetened chocolate, wood, and some leather tastes and it leaves a tingling sensation on the lips like hot peppers would.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

I pulled the fuse and that created an almost perfect draw but it was still necessary to cut (straight) a bit more of the cap to get the draw I prefer. It was perfect then; not too loose or too tight. The cigar lit very easily and produced a correct amount of smoke. The smoke output, at least for me, became more abundant at the end of the first third and remained that way until the end.

The burn was not razor sharp, but did not require touch ups either. It was a very windy day so that could explain it.

The ash was really firm and I had to tap it after more than 2 inches, though I get the feeling it would have stood there for a couple of inches more before falling. It was the perfect cigar for a long ash contest? For me  it was a slow smoking cigar and I did not have to pace myself as the cigar kind of did it for me.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Construction was impeccable.  The wrapper’s dark color hid the seams. Some small visible veins were present, but they were flat and smooth.
I found one small soft spot towards the foot but it did not affect burn or draw. The cap is not only beautiful, but it’s well applied. The fuse came off when I pulled it leaving a small hole that was almost sufficient to get a perfect draw. I couldn’t find any problems with the construction.



Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

The cigar started with lots of pepper, some notes of coffee, and a slight sweetness. I found the first third to be pretty complex with pepper upfront at first, then replaced by coffee that in turn was replace by chocolate. All that mixed well with good balance between the flavors. I could feel the transitions and have to say I was surprised with such complexity.

The second third saw the pepper dial down a bit and I could taste more of that sweet flavor I usually find with Maduro wrappers. I’d say that all the flavors were pretty equal with none taking front stage. Less complex than the first third.

Now in the last third, the pepper is back up front and all the sweetness is gone. I can detect earthy notes I had not experienced before as well as some coffee, but those are in the background and sometimes make it back to the front giving the last third the same kind of complexity experienced in the first.

All along, the retrohale is a bit spicy and leaves kind of a burning sensation much like red pepper would. To me, does not add to the experience so I won’t be doing it too often.

The cigar stayed cool till the end but I did not nub that cigar as its nicotine kick was getting stronger and I was starting to get the hiccups.

Summary

The Warhead really was an outstanding cigar.  A good, full-bodied almost full strength cigar. I was surprised as I expected this to be the strongest 601 I had tried and it ended up being a very manageable cigar that had better flavors and was a tad more complex than the others I’ve had in the same line.

I am not saying it is a cigar for everyone as I don’t think I could have appreciated it a few years ago. Better suited for seasoned smokers, but still manageable for people like me who do not always go for the stronger stuff; Still it is a cigar a lot of smokers would appreciate. Maybe not for every day or for any context, but still a stellar cigar. Not a box purchase for me although it has all the qualities required, it remains a smoke to be taken seriously and I would consider keeping some in my humidors for when I’m looking for something on the stronger side.




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