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

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.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
The wrapper is rosado, dark, oily, and quite toothy. A Cuban cap is skillfully applied. It was a very good-looking cigar, except for the band, which I am not fond of.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★½
The construction is decent overall, the burn is rather fast and regular. The draw is simply excellent.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★½
The power is felt from the very beginning, but this is not a powerhouse. Spicy flavors are very present in the first third, then the cigar gets sweeter and I made out notes of cinnamon. Humid tobacco aromas appear in the second third, I immensely enjoyed their mix with the sweetness. Some more pepper near the end and I can definitely say that the EO 601 Red is a very complex and evolutive stogie.

Value : Rating: ★★★★☆
At $6.50 per stick, the price tag is right for a Don Pepin’s blend.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★½
Very impressed with this well-balanced Nicaraguan baby. Along with the 601 Black, this must be the best from the series. I highly recommend it.