601 Blue Maduro

601 Blue Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Prominente
Size : 5.5 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long filler
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $9.30 each
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Construction

Created by Eric Espinoza and made by Jose Garcia, the 601 Blue Maduro has quite an impressive resume; including the number six spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2009 list and an impressive 93 rating. This beautiful stick is chock-full of rich Nicaraguan long filler tobacco and wrapped in a chewy broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The pretty blue and taupe colored band stands out beautifully against the wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with minimal petite veins. There are a couple of imperfections marring the otherwise pristine wrapper leaf, but nothing that should affect the burn. The length of the five-and-a-half inch long stick is plump and skillfully rolled, finished with a prim box-press. The triple thick cap is squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.

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601 Habano Edicion Limitada 2010 “Macho”

601 Habano Edicion Limitada 2010 Macho

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each

In the fall of 2010, the team behind 601 cigars and Sabor Havana Cigars in Doral came together to create a special cigar to celebrate the release of Rafael Cerrato Salas’ book “25448, No! Roberto Martin Perez.” This cigar highlighted the Cuban experience and life of an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro’s communist regime. Roberto Perez spent a total of 28 years in jail in Cuba, and he was referred by Castro as the “father of the prisoners.” The initial release of the book was in Spanish, and personally I have not read it. The cigars, 364 boxes of 10 (3640 total), were specifically blended for this release using the same Habano wrapper as the original 601 Red, but the filler tobaccos are unique to this stick. These cigars can be differentiated by the secondary “Edicion 2010 Limitada” band below the newer 601 Red label.

I bought a box of these cigars awhile back and planned on doing a review of them, but like a few other sticks, I ended up enjoying them so much that I smoked up all my stock. I acquired a few more from Brooks @ Smoking Stogie.com that I am doing the review on today. Just to note, this is not like any other Pepin made stick. This was a totally different cigar from what Pepin usually makes, so how was it?

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Murcielago Churchill

Murcielago Churchill

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 1/8 x 48
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Mexican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6
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Murcielago cigars are a creation of Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa, as well as Don Pepin Garcia. "Murcielago" means "bat" in Spanish, and the band is adorned with an attractive, stylized bat. The Murcielago that I smoked for this review was a classic churchill size; however, I found the length of the cigar to outlast the complexity of the blend.

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601 Habano Oscuro (Green Label) La Punta

601 Habano Oscuro (Green Label) La Punta

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Strength : Dilbert with a 12 gauge shotgun (Full)
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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This mission was critical. I had to return my previous disguise to Agent 15, the BOSS… I’ll really miss that blue bonnet that his grandmother let me borrow. Anyway, I found myself compromised this time, stuck with my proverbial pants down. So I shaved my leg a little bit and MacGyver’d a new mustache. What? Like you’ve never done that. Whatever. I had to quickly cut this target and light it on fire… here’s what it had to tell me:

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EO 601 Habano Toro

EO 601 Habano Toro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 each
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The 601 Habano is a cigar that I've enjoyed time to time for a while now. For me it has consistently represented a solid value and experience. I decided it was time to enjoy a 601 Toro that I've had in my humidor since last October.

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601 Serie Oscuro La Punta

601 Serie Oscuro La Punta

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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EO’s 601 Serie cigars are made by the red hot Jose “Pepin” Garcia and are available in four flavors each denoted by its own band color. There is the 601 Red wrapped in a spicy habano wrapper, the Ecuador Connecticut wrapped Black Label, a sweet maduro Blue Label, and the dark and oily Green Label Oscuro. The EO brands are the realization of a dream of two friends, Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega. Their partnership with Pepin Garcia have produced a handful of excellent cigars. In addition to the popular 601 Serie cigars their collaboration also brought about the Cubao and Mi Barrio which are also beginning to generate some buzz in the industry.

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EO 601 Red Label (Habano) Toro

EO 601 Red Label (Habano) Toro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 each
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This is my third (and last, at least for now) review of EO 601 series cigars. You can check previous reviews of the EO 601 Black and EO 601 Green. What follows is my take on the EO 601 Red Label Habano Toro, another powerful Nicaraguan puro. Less powerful than the Green label though, this is probably why I appreciated it much more.

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EO 601 Green Label (Habano Oscuro) Tronco

EO 601 Green Label (Habano Oscuro) Tronco

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 152 x 21 mm
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Continuing our EO 601 cigar reviews series, here comes the review of the Green Label Habano Oscuro Tronco (robusto). This time, it is a Nicaraguan puro with a Habano Oscuro wrapper. Tronco is a 5 x 52 robusto, 4 other sizes are available in the series - Trabuco (grand corona 6 1/8 x 58), La Fuerza (robusto 5 1/2 x 54), La Punta (perfecto 5 1/2 x 52) and Corona (5 x 42).

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