Tuesday, October 28, 2008

601 Maduro (Blue)

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The 601 Maduro box pressed cigars were introduced in 2007 by United Tobacco (eo brands). It is a Don Pepin Garcia creation manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua. The 601 Maduros are available in four sizes: robusto (52x5 1/4"), toro (54x6 1/3"), Prominente (56x5 1/2"), and torpedo (52x6 1/8"). All of these sizes are available at Silo Cigars. Prices range from $7.25 to $8.35 a cigar.

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This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro utilizing a Habano Maduro wrapper. The "prize fighter belt"-style cigar band looks really nice against the dark brown color of the wrapper.

The vitola I smoked for this review was the torpedo. The construction was impressive on this box pressed cigar. The cap was long and pointy, giving you flexibility in controlling the draw resistance depending on how much you clip off. I started out with clipping off just a small portion and ended up with a draw that was free but with medium resistance. If you want a fuller volume of smoke, then I would recommend clipping off a more generous portion.

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The wrapper seams were visible but didn't appear to be lifted. There were no heavy veins present and the overall construction was very neat. The texture of the wrapper was very smooth and the feel of the cigar was evenly packed. As for aroma, this cigar was to die for, milk chocolate with a splash of red wine was what came to my mind. (I would imagine a California cab would go wonderfully with it.)

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After lighting my torpedo, I tasted a strong dark coffee flavor along with heavy doses of Cayenne pepper. I had no doubts that I was smoking a DPG cigar once my taste buds and lips started burning. Also in the first third, I tasted a strong Nicaraguan Corojo flavor fading into a slightly sweet vanilla cream that was in a tug-of war with the Cayenne pepper, and losing badly. I also detected some undesirable notes of eucalyptus which fortunately comes and goes. The finish had some tartness reminiscent of red wine.

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The second third flavors settled in nicely, with heavy doses of cinnamon, mocha, creamy vanilla, and not as much pepper. The cigar started off with a slanted burn line which then self-corrected to something more even. The ash is beautiful, light in color, compact and holds on well past the one inch point.

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The final third continues the trend of rich yet smooth flavors. I decided to clip the cigar further since the tobacco started expanding and lessening my smoke volume. This helped tremendously and the resulting smoke was very creamy and full with strong roasted nut and leather flavors coming through. The lack of bitterness made me nub this cigar until my gums burned.

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Overall, I really loved the 601 Maduro (Blue). It comes damn close to smoking like a Cuban cigar. This is the type of premium cigar you savor after a heavy meal with the family. I have no hesitations in planning on buying a box of these cigars because they are that good. Every respectable humidor should have these in them.

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1 comment:

Travis Lindsay said...

This is a wonderful review. It actually makes me want to smoke one of these cigars!