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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Espinosa Premium Cigars 601 Blue Label Maduro in Toro - Cigar Review Redux by Kaplowitz

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Now this redux...

601 Blue Maduro
WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
BINDER: Nicaraguan
FILLER: Nicaraguan

FORMAT: Toro, box-press
ORIGIN: La Zona SA, Nicaragua

STRENGTH: Medium-Full
PROFILE: Bitter/Sweet
DELIVERY: Chewy/Spiced

  • Pepper (black)
  • Chocolate (dark shavings) 
  • Spices (clove, nutmeg)
  • Nuts (almond butter)
  • Earth (compost/manure)
  • Meat (smoked)
  • Grains (barley)
  • Herbal (anise)
  • Cola
Chewy & smooth. Complex not in the manner of many notes, but in the manner of their myriad deliveries. Smoky, toasted, roasted, smoky. A boxer with a strong basic skill-set who works angles exceptionally well. Sits in the bread-basket heavy & warm, like a hearty meal. 

A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F 0-59

"The 601 Blue Label Maduro (better known as the 601 Blue) is a cigar that has been around for several years and has been through a lot of history, yet continues to hold the test of time. 601 was a line of cigars launched by EO Brands. There were a couple of banding changes. The first occurred in 2010 and caused quite a stir among 601 fans – so much that the banding was restored to something very similar to the original in 2011. In addition there have been a lot of business changes – EO Brands went through a couple of distribution changes (Miami Cigar, Rocky Patel), and then the company was dissolved. After EO Brands was dissolved, Erik Espinosa acquired the rights to the 601 brand and brought it into his new company Espinosa Premium Cigars. That’s quite a bit of upheaval for any cigar to go through. Yet through it all the 601 Blue has stood the test of time and remains a top-notch cigar."

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." -

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