Team Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba Warhead VI

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Cigar Details: 601 La Bomba Warhead VI

  • Vitola: Figurado
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 58
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Broadleaf
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: San Lotano
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $10.00
  • Release Date: July 2020
  • Source: Espinosa

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the 601 La Bomba Warhead VI is very dark brown and uniform. The thick veins are well pressed and the seams are really only visible due to the thickness of the wrapper. The tapered head is well finished. The band is at the foot and carries a similar design to previous Warheads. If you peel off the band, it takes the shape of a bomb. The aroma from the wrapper is damp wood, damp earth and dark chocolate. The foot opening is too small to get anything other than wrapper aromas. The pre-light draw brings a light and airy cedar along with a mild spiciness to my lips.

Pre-light Experience

Short and stout, the 601 La Bomba Warhead VI has a lovely tapered head with a fantastic finish on the foot. The coloring is between Maduro and Oscuro and the wrapper is smooth in texture with small to medium sized veins. It is firm throughout and there are aromas of rich earth, currants, spices and leather.

Pre-light Experience

The 601 La Bomba Warhead VI has a UPC sticker designed to leave the UPC intact on one side of the cellophane, and the cigar information on the other once opened. There is an interesting complication of a torpedo style cap and a salomon style foot. The cigar band is on the foot, and when it comes off it unravels into the shape of an old style air dropped bomb. For aromas, I was able to pick up some intense tobacco, earth, syrupy molasses and faint cedar. From the foot, only sweetness.

Pre-light Experience

The 601 La Bomba Warhead VI has a rich and hearty Oscuro wrapper shade. Major veins protrude, seams tight, bunch and roll even and the tapered head is well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell fudge and barnyard. Smelling the “nipple” foot gives powerful red pepper spice and sweet prunes. Cold draw gives cedar and a pepper tingling sensation on the tongue and lips.

First Third

The cigar begins with earth and baking spice. As the burn reaches the full ring gauge, wood joins in and the baking spice transitions to black pepper. The retrohale starts with some black pepper zing and then allows some wood to come through. At an inch and a quarter, the wood and earth are paired up front with the black pepper slightly behind. Some mustiness joins the profile as the third comes to a close. The strength in this third was slightly above medium.

First Third

The first third begins by delivering notes of black pepper, rich earth, leather, currants and mocha qualities. The balance between chocolate and espresso notes is great. With that, the cigar is delivering a medium-full strength and body level.

First Third

My initial flavor impressions are coffee, earth, molasses and cedar that lingers into the post draw. Cinnamon comes into the middle of the profile and is joined by leather and cedar. Significantly intense pepper as the cigar reaches the shoulder. Post draw pepper at medium intensity begins to come through with a long finish, almost like habanero pepper. The roof of my mouth and the sides of my tongue tingle with that pepper intensity. As the cigar progresses, some mid profile sweetness comes through, and grows to become the primary flavor driver. One hour in and the flavor intensities have started to reduce, with flavors finding harmonization. Moving towards the second third, an earth finish is present.

First Third

The first third creates a powerhouse strength and flavor experience. Through and through a full bodied and strength cigar. Lots of chalky cocoa and oak through mouth draws and especially the finish. Retrohaling highlights red pepper spice and oak. In the midst of all the heavy handed notes, there is a nice subtle sweetness to the cocoa.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper takes a slight lead over the wood and earth while the mustiness is in the background. At a half inch in, the wood becomes a bit dry and moves up front with the earth right behind and the black pepper and mustiness in the background. At three quarters of an inch in, the wood gains some char. The retrohale is musty wood and light earth. As the third comes to a close, the earth becomes dry and takes a slight lead over the charred wood with the black pepper and mustiness in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to medium-full.

Second Third

The second third shows some similar qualities to the first third, but there is some transitioning with that. I am getting strong black pepper notes and with that are earth and wood qualities. There is a finish of leather and espresso bean notes, and it is a stronger third. In terms of strength and body, I find the cigar to be a solid full level.

Second Third

Sweet earth carries the profile into the second third with earth, cedar, and sweetness carrying into the post draw. A sweet, nutty combination settles into the center. Some complex baking spices join a few minutes later.

Second Third

The second third is in line with the first third. Still full body and strength with chalky cocoa and associated subtle sweetness and oak. I’m starting to sweat from the nicotine and it’s a breezy 75 degrees.

Final Third

As the final third begins, a slight bitterness joins the profile. The retrohale remains musty wood and light earth. At three quarters of an inch in, the cigar warms up a bit and a light vegetal note joins the profile. The cigar wraps up with the dry earth up front and charred wood slightly behind. The black pepper, mustiness, vegetal note and light bitterness were in the background. The strength remained at medium-full.

Final Third

The final third delivers similar qualities to the second third and I am picking up black pepper, earth, wood and leather notes. The finish shows the same espresso bean qualities from before, and there is a faint smokiness with cocoa notes. Like the second third, full in body and strength.

Final Third

The last third opens with sweet earth and loam accents that carry into the post draw. Once the final third settles in, dry cedar joins the post draw. No other evolution through the last third.

Final Third

The final third shows a bit more red pepper spice, but overall it’s still the same full body and strength formula of chalky cocoa, subtle sweetness and oak.

Burn

The burn line was a bit wavy throughout and a re-light was required in the first third. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.

Burn

The burn was amazing from beginning to end. Amazing construction.

Burn

The burn was straight throughout with the ash holding in 1/2 inch increments. Once the cigar got into the last third the cigar suddenly went out, requiring a re-light.

Burn

Burn performance was overall good. Some negatives for two re-lights. But other than that, ashes fell off solid, cool burning temperature and good smoke production.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.

Overall

The 601 La Bomba Warhead VI had a very average flavor profile as it was focused around wood, earth and black pepper. The strength was definitely a driver for the cigar and not in balance with the flavor profile. For those that are strength hounds, this is probably right up their alley, but I prefer flavor first and this just didn’t deliver that for me. Not the shining light in the Warhead series and I don’t really see myself coming back to this one.

Draw

Draw was absolutely perfect from start to finish. Perfect draw.

Overall

The 601 La Bomba Warhead VI is a really enjoyable figurado and it delivers solid flavors with a nice strength and body level. The mocha and currant notes in the first third were fantastic, and I wish they were present throughout. With that being said, the espresso and black pepper notes paired well for the second and final third. This is a cigar that will speak to those who are looking for dark and rich flavors with a nice strength and body level. The construction and draw were perfect throughout and it is definitely a cigar I will come back to in the future. I’m not sure if I would age them, and I say that because I think age will take away from the qualities that make it great now.

Draw

The draw went through some interesting changes. Initially I would have rated the draw as Poor, almost to the level of plugged, 5 to 5-1/2 notches resistant. Once it reached the shoulder, the draw opened up significantly to 3 to 3-1/2 notches or what I would rate as average. Just past the shoulder, the draw opened to 2 to 2-1/2 notches resistant which I would rate as Good. Not long after, the draw opened again and remained 1 to 1-1/2 notches resistant for the remainder of the review which I rate as Very Good.

Overall

The 601 La Bomba Warhead VI was very full bodied with intense spices, dark roasted flavors, sweetness and earth. As a guy who smokes full bodied cigars on a regular basis, the fullness of the La Bomba Warhead VI caught me off guard. What I enjoyed about the cigar is that it had a pleasant sweetness that anchored the flavors together and prevented the roasted flavors from overwhelming my palate. I would smoke one of these again, but I would make sure to eat a full meal beforehand. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 1 minute.

Draw

Once the draw caught up past the nipple, it was fantastic. But getting there was a bit of a struggle.

Overall

It hurts so good. That was the consistent thought I had throughout the entire smoking time. After scarfing down an ice cream sandwich, I am in a better headspace to type up this overall experience. This was a full flavor, body and strength experience giving ample chalky cocoa and associated subtle sweetness and oak. I definitely don’t prefer strong cigars, but if I ever want to joyfully torture myself again, no doubt I will light up another 601 La Bomba Warhead VI.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.05

Cost/Point

$1.98

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

7.17

Cost/Point

$1.40

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

6.47

Cost/Point

$1.55

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.82

Cost/Point

$1.47

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba Warhead VI
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  • Nathan Wilkerson - December 4, 2020 reply

    Great reviews as always. Keep it up guys!

  • Tim McCabe - December 4, 2020 reply

    I need to grab more of these. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  • Bob Langmaid - December 4, 2020 reply

    So basically a strong cigar with average flavor…

  • Matthew Rosenthal - December 4, 2020 reply

    The La Bomba has always been a super strong cigar. As someone who enjoys stronger cigars, I can still remember the first time I had the La Bomba, and I had to pull over to grab a coke on my drive home to fight the nic hit.

  • Chase Abernathy - December 4, 2020 reply

    Sounds good enough to me. Always like trying the La Bomba lines.

  • Steve Toth - December 4, 2020 reply

    Good review guys!

  • mike mccain - December 4, 2020 reply

    Had 1 of these from a COTM deal, enjoyed it very much

  • Quinton Nation - December 4, 2020 reply

    Boom great cigar! As Hector once told me, it’s for men.

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