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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

601 Serie La Bomba Limited Edition Warhead
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Vroomp
91
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 Sapporo beer

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This cigars sports a long pigtail on a fairly oily looking dark wrapper that has a little tooth to it especially towards the head. There seemed to be a couple small patches on my stick but they could just be flakes that got stuck to it in the rolling process. The cigar is practically vein-free but the seams show easily. The cap was firmly applied and lasted for the duration without fail. It took a V-cut easily and the aroma was slightly sweet and had a nice toasted tobacco scent. The band was really cool with an old style bomb with a shark pic on it like something from WWII.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The burn was off just a tad after first light, but soon straightened out and gave me no further issues. The ash was light colored with a few darker areas and was a bit flaky falling in one inch clumps when setting it down in the ashtray. The volume of smoke was ample, but could have been better, and the burn rate seemed to be a bit fast too. Overall smoking time was just under one hour.

Construction: 28 Points of 30 Possible

The draw when cut seemed to be quite open and there was pepper evident on the cold draw. The cap was solid and the canon was firm from head to foot. The cigar stayed firm throughout the smoke which I enjoyed.

Flavor: 33 Points of 45 Possible

At first I was surprised that this cigar wasn't stronger as it is touted to be one of the strongest around. I found it to be full bodied but still flavorful with hints of dark bitter-sweet chocolate, anise, prunes, and dark roasted coffee from time to time. The prune flavor seemed to be around the most. In the second third there was a more leathery flavor and the finish was slightly salty. In the final third more dark roasted coffee appeared as well as some strong spices. Pepper was always present in the retro-hale. The flavors were never harsh and I felt a good nicotine hit getting into the final third, but there was always a lingering tingle on the tongue. At the nub the cigar became a bit hot and I gave in at 3/4" left as I was feeling the nicotine and my neck was getting sweaty.

Summary

I found this to be a pretty good cigar, albeit a fairly strong one,and not one I would recommend to a novice smoker. It wasn't too complex but, the flavors were fairly well balanced. Would I smoke another? Heck ya! Would I smoke one first thing in the morning? No way! This is one of those cigars they warn you about that you should eat first and maybe drink a lot of fluids too!



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