Yes, I love the name of this cigar. The packaging is pretty nice too; they have cheekily put a little bomb where the “0” would normally be in “601.” But who cares about all of that? If the band, which is just a form of marketing after all, is eye catching enough it will get some people to try out a cigar. It’s the taste that will get people to come back.
But before you taste you have to consider the construction. There is a three inch long “fuse” of tobacco sticking out of the cap. (It’s actually a pigtail but let us stick with the bomb motif.)
The wrapper has a milk chocolate color to it and it is oily to the touch. When you look and feel with a little more of a discerning eye you begin to notice things that aren’t completely kosher. There are more bumps than with a normal cigar, more veins than a normal cigar ranging from inconsequential to slightly bigger than medium sized and there are some hard and soft spots. (By “normal” I mean “a quality cigar that you get from a quality cigar company.”)
Personally, this doesn’t bother me all that much as long as the cigar has good smoking characteristics (draw and burn) and tastes good. Let’s find out if it has those things.
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Length: 5 ½″
Ring Gauge: 46
Price: $72.00/Box of 10 | $8.00/Single
Yeah, it’s a spice bomb. And not the soft, warm kind of spice either; the one that is delightful and easy going. This is all edge all the time. There’s a big part of me that really appreciates that and if that was all this cigar was I would be okay with it. But there is more than just this spicy banzai charge that doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “restraint.”
There’s some hard scrabble earth present along with a streak of sweetness that quickly fades thanks to the intensity of the spice. If pressed, I would say that this spice reminds me of a mixture of course pepper and maybe a little bit of cinnamon.
While doing a little research on this cigar I happened across this absolutely horrendous video from the makers of the 601 La Bomba. Titled “Preview 601 La Bomba” I thought it was going to be about the cigar. I was wrong. Take a look:
Wow. I’m going to take solace in my belief that that video is actually a good thing because it shows that all the money they make they put into their cigars because they certainly aren’t putting it into their videos.
I’m nearing the second third of the cigar now and the flavors are staying true. After your taste buds have had some time to acclimate to the unadulterated spiciness you can appreciate the flavors more. Basically, this cigar is everything the Cu-Avana Punisher was marketed as (and cheaper to boot!).
As I get nearer to the end oak does make an appearance and the spice does moderate a little bit. I’m not sure if the lessening in intensity of the spice is due to the physiology of the cigar or just my taste buds being overloaded but, either way, I’m fine with the change. It is a lot of spice and because this cigar is so unapologetically spicy I love it. That and the burn and draw were both great for this full bodied cigar.