EO 601 Black Label (Ecuador) Toro

EO 601 Black Label (Ecuador) Toro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Ecuador Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7 each

In the coming days, we will publish reviews of 3 EO 601 cigars – Black Label, Green Label and Red Label. In my opinion, all three are decent sticks, but if I were to choose, I’d go with the Black Label Ecuador Connecticut. It has a perfect strength balance and is packed with rich consistent (although far from complex) flavors of pepper and wood. The cigar was created by Don Pepin Garcia and is manufactured in Nicaragua.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
I found the cigar to be quite hard to the touch, with a moderately oily wrapper which was a little toothy. The band is not very neat, I’m not fond of the design. On the other hand, I love the color of the wrapper – milk chocolate – it makes the stick look very delicious. The nose is quite standard and the pre-draw firm.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★★
No construction problems to report on these sticks, they all smoked fine. I can only mention the fact that the smoke becomes way too hot in the last third, but this is a common problem to most cigars and the only remedy is to take it slowly. The triple cap is perfect. The draw is easy and the resulting smoke looks great.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
The EO 601 Black is literally full of spice, from the beginning when it’s fresh, pinching and entertaining, to the end when it becomes smoother and calming. I also noticed woody notes, near the middle and especially in the last third of the cigar. Medium to full-bodied, it’s a nice after-dinner smoke – despite the spiciness, you will find that it’s very relaxing.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
$7 is the average value of a quality (but not premium) cigar. I can certainly call the EO 601 Connecticut a quality cigar.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½
Paired with a good scotch, this is a perfect choice to relax in a chair after a hearty meal, (re-)reading Hemingway. Don’t expect a lot of complexity in the flavor department and don’t concentrate too much on the smoke – you’ll be rewarded with a pleasant experience.