Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

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Cigar Details: 601 Orange Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Brazilian Cubra Rosado
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: La Zona
  • Blender: Hector Alfonso
  • Price: $10.00
  • Release Date: April 2023
  • Source: Developing Palates via Corona Cigar Co.

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the 601 Orange Toro is light brown and has some thick but well pressed veins and then some smaller veins that are a bit raised. The seams are smooth and the caps very well applied. The band is the traditional design for the brand and has a color combination of cream orange and gold. The aroma from the wrapper is a mix of cedar and earth while the foot brings a fuller version of the same combination along with some breadiness. The pre-light draw brings aged cedar and light breadiness along with a mid-level spiciness on my lips.
Seth: Finished with a lovely wrapper that is marbled throughout, showing some Natural, Colorado and Maduro qualities, the 601 Orange Toro has a great varnished wood coloring. Medium sized veins throughout, the wrapper has some oils and is firm throughout. Aromas of earth, stone fruit, spices and tobacco.
John: The 601 Orange Toro comes in cellophane and has a retailers UPC which tears when opened. The cigar has a single 601 Orange band with a gold on creamsicle color scheme. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet tobacco and raisin. From the foot, I was picking up the same aromas along with some hay.
Jiunn: The 601 Orange Toro has a Colorado Red wrapper shade. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head is well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of barnyard and cigar ashtray. Aromas from the foot give the same but much deeper in intensity. Cold draws reveal stale roasted nuts and red pepper zing on the tip of the tongue.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with a mix of cedar, oak and candied cinnamon. At a quarter inch in, the cinnamon transitions to more of a general baking spice. At three quarters of an inch in, the cedar and baking spice both mellow a fair amount. At an inch in, a light earth becomes present. The retrohale is primarily oak with light amounts of baking spice and earth. At an inch and a half in, the earth and baking spice pick up a bit as the cedar has dropped out. As the third comes to a close, the oak is up front with earth in the middle and the baking spice just behind. The strength was right at medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with some mineral and earth qualities that are paired with some rich spices. Sour fruit notes present with some sweet cedar wood qualities. Tobacco present on the finish. Medium in strength and body.
John: My first few puffs are flavors of tobacco sweetness, light spices, wood and hay. Chocolate develops with some medium-full intensity through the retrohale bringing spices with it at the same level. Those spices evolve into black pepper as it settles, with some creaminess balancing it out. As the first third settles, it becomes a largely cream and wood combination progressing through the first third.
Jiunn: There’s dirtiness to the first third. A bit unrefined, but not to be construed as a negative. Flavors of gritty soil, cedar, minor dry red pepper spice and bread. Retrohaling provides greater pepper notes. The finish is where the dirtiness/grit really shows. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the earth is now right behind the oak. At a half inch in, a light mustiness joins the profile. The retrohale is now oak and earth along with a light mustiness. At an inch in, the oak and earth are now even up front. As the third comes to a close, the oak and earth are even up front with mustiness in the middle and light baking spice in the background. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a similar flavor profile to the first, but the sour fruit and spice are more pronounced on the finish. More muddled overall. The spices, minerals and earth were all there. Medium in strength and body.
John: Creamy wood leads the cigar into the second third. The flavor profile remains consistent with some occasional baking spices breaking into the center.
Jiunn: The second third continues with the gritty vibe. Along with the same flavor profile comes mouth encasing tannins and cardboard. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the baking spice is barely holding on. At a half inch in, the baking spice has departed and the oak gains a toast note. The retrohale is now toasted oak and earth with light mustiness. At an inch in, the cigar warms up a bit and a decent mintiness becomes present. As the cigar wraps up, the toasted oak and earth are even up front with mustiness and mintiness a bit behind. The strength remained at medium.
Seth: The final third produces a muddled flavor profile of earth, spices, tobacco, sour fruits and minerals. Medium in strength and body. Weaker finish when compared with the first and second third.
John: Creamy wood again leads off in the last third, with some mild bread underneath. Wood begins to define the post draw, lingering between each puff. The flavors are largely wood forward as it progresses.
Jiunn: The final third is still the same medium strength and body profile with flavors centered around gritty earthiness. Perhaps a slight uptick in spice but the feel is still the same.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy at times, but never needed any intervention. The ash held on in inch and a half increments.
Seth: Nice burn throughout.
John: I had significant burn issues through the review with the burn starting uneven out of the gate. A touch-up was required in the first third with a strip of wrapper not burning. A second touch-up was required in the second third as it became uneven again. The burn continued to be uneven, self correcting. The cigar went out in the last third, requiring a re-light. It went out a second time, requiring a second re-light.
Jiunn: Amazing burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was perfect, with just the right amount of resistance that I prefer.
Seth: Great draw throughout.
John: The draw was perfect, right in the ideal zone between resistant and open.
Jiunn: Amazing draw performance as well, giving the best balance of air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with a mix of cedar, oak and candied cinnamon. The cinnamon transitioned to a general baking spice fairly quickly. Some earth joined a bit later and the cedar dropped out. The second third saw some mustiness join in. The final third saw the baking spice depart and the oak gained a toast note. Some mintiness joined a bit later as the cigar warmed up. The 601 Orange Toro had a nice start with a good combination of flavors. From the second third on, the profile dropped a level as some components had departed and the earth gained a bigger role. This was a fairly average smoking experience after the first third and not a cigar I’d see myself coming back to with any regularity.
Seth: I wasn’t high on the 601 Orange Toro. I thought it produced this muddled flavor throughout and nothing really popped. You could get bits and pieces of flavors, but they just never fully delivered. There was this potential with the sour fruit, tobacco, earth and rich spice flavor, but it just never took off. I was glad to not get any citrus flavors despite the orange band and Brazilian wrapper.
John: The 601 Orange Toro provided a pleasant cigar experience for the review, but I didn’t find the flavors ever combining in a way that was dynamic or attention grabbing. The draw was perfect, while the burn suffered with two touch-ups and two re-lights. I might try another 601 Orange Toro to see if the burn performance impacted the flavor profile, but there is such a long list of great Espinosa cigars to choose from, I’d more likely gravitate towards one of those. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Jiunn: This 601 Orange Toro is perhaps my least favorite 601 so far. The monotone gritty earthiness lost my interest pretty quickly within the first third. Typically La Zona cigars are much more dynamic and intriguing than this. Important to note, there are no foul flavors in this cigar, but rather a bit boring.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$1.67

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.74

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.25

Cost/Point

$1.90

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.74

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Team Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

Aaron LoomisTeam Cigar Review: 601 Orange Toro

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