Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
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.
This was an attractive cigar that sported a uniform reddish brown color. It looked well made with a perfect triple cap. This 601 felt solid in your hand and had a strong/spicy prelight smell.
This cigar had a loose draw despite its firm feel and was able to hold really long ashes. The burn was even until the last 1/3, where it became jagged.
The 601 Habano Toro was very smooth upon lighting, which surprised me given the cigar's strong prelight smell. The taste was primarily nutty with some hints of earth and leather. The finish was toasty. Some pepperyness crept in toward the halfway point and intensified toward the end of the smoke. This cigar was medium-full bodied. I found this stick to be a bit more refined than your average Don Pepin Garcia blend, but this hasn't always been my experience with the 601 Habanos. This was the best specimen I've had to date.
This cigar is priced reasonably in retail shops and can be found at a considerable discount online. Either way it is a good value purchase.
Overall Rating :
This cigar had nice complexity with its flavors being more subtle than expected, but still very present. It seems that the extra humidor time served this cigar very well. When I do purchase these again I will store them away for a couple years. If you're a fan of Nicaraguan Puros, you will most likely enjoy this cigar.