Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

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Cigar Details: 601 Yellow Toro

  • Vitola: Toro
  • Length: 6″
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • 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 Yellow Toro is between medium and dark brown and has a few lightly raised veins present. The seams are a bit raised and the caps well applied. The band is the traditional design for the brand, with a pale neon yellow color which I think is used to differentiate from the La Bomba bands. The aroma from the wrapper is dark, rich soil and light wood, while the foot is an even mix of oak and dark earth. The pre-light draw brings a mix of cedar and black tea, with a mild spiciness on my lips.
Seth: The 601 Yellow Toro is finished with a dark natural, light maduro wrapper. Small veins throughout and very firm. Slight bit of oils. Aromas of earth, leather, tobacco, spices and wood. From the foot, I pick up this strong tobacco quality.
John: The 601 Yellow Toro comes in cellophane and has a retailer UPC on it, so I’m unclear as to whether they swapped out an existing manufacturer’s UPC or not. The cigar has a single band indicating 601 Yellow, in gold and yellow which makes it easy to identify. Aromas from the wrapper included sweet tobacco and raisin. From the foot, I was getting sweet raisin, tobacco and hay, all much less intense than from the wrapper.
Jiunn: The 601 Yellow Toro has a Colorado maduro wrapper shade that shows a slick oiliness on the fingertips. Veins are well pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped and capped. Aromas from the wrapper tell of spicy cedar and dank barnyard. Aromas from the foot tell of rich red pepper spice and fullness in sweet roasted nuts. Cold draw reveals rich and sweet roasted nuts and aged cedar.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with dark earth, oak and baking spice. At a half inch in, the earth and oak have a decent lead over the baking spice. At an inch in, the baking spice transitions to black pepper and picks up a bit. The retrohale brings and even mix of earth and oak with a decently zingy black pepper. At an inch and a quarter, a mellow cocoa powder becomes present. As the third comes to a close, the dark earth and oak are even up front, with black pepper slight behind and a light cocoa powder in the background. The strength was slightly above medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with strong tobacco and leather qualities. Bits of dry wood and earth present as well with some peppery spices. Not over the top with pepper, but definitely present. There is this faint cocoa quality, but it does not soften the strength. Full in strength and body.
John: The first third opened with sweet wood, as spicy chocolate comes through on the retrohale right away. The spices move up to medium or medium-plus strength after just two retrohales. Some nuttiness is present at the finish of the draw as the cigar settles in. All the flavor components recede in intensity and become more balanced at medium-minus as the cigar carries on to the halfway point. Mild cinnamon comes through on the finish in the bottom half.
Jiunn: The first third has a nice opening of balanced flavors of spicy cedar, subtle red pepper spice and toast. Retrohaling gives a nose stinging pop of red pepper spice. The finish has trailing light mixed nuts. Strength and body is medium.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Second Third

Aaron: As the second third begins, the black pepper mellows a bit. The retrohale is now earth and toasted oak with some mild black pepper. At an inch in, the earth gains a slight lead over the oak. As the third comes to a close, the earth and oak are back to even, the black pepper a fair bit behind and light cocoa powder in the background. The strength remained at slightly above medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a lot of the same qualities from the first third. There is not a lot of complexity, but a core profile that is strong as hell. Full in strength and body. I am getting some dry earth, tobacco, wood and peppery spice notes.
John: Mild spices combine with wood and bread to lead off the second third. Dry wood settles into the center of the profile as the second third progresses. By the halfway point, the baking spices have moved up from mild to medium strength.
Jiunn: The second third’s flavor profile becomes narrow. The softness and sweetness of the toast/bread is gone, which means it’s now mainly pepper spice and cedar. These flavors are balanced, but it needs that other element to still be good. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the black pepper is barely holding on and the cocoa powder is no longer present. At a half inch in, the oak gains a toast note. The retrohale is now just earth and toasted oak. At an inch in, the toast level increases and a vegetal bitterness joins in as the cigar is warming up. As the cigar wraps up, the earth and toasted oak are even up front, with vegetal bitterness in the middle and light black pepper in the background. The strength bumped up to medium-full.
Seth: The final third is similar to that of the second. Very strong with those dry notes of earth, tobacco, wood, leather and pepper spice. I am not getting a lot of Mexican qualities that I typically get with Mexican San Andres. It seems overwhelmed.
John: The last third begins with creamy bread as mild spices and wood finish into the post draw. Earth combines with wood as the cigar heads towards the halfway point. Bread returns to the retrohale in the bottom half.
Jiunn: The final third is unchanged from the second third. Still plenty of red pepper spice and cedar with not enough softness to make it a better tasting profile. Strength and body finishes the same medium.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout, but never needed any intervention. The ash held on in inch and a quarter increments.
Seth: Burn was fairly solid throughout. Cigar seemed to have some really thick tobacco which impacted burn and draw.
John: The burn had some unevenness in the first third, eventually requiring a touch-up. The wavy burn was present in the second third and the last third but didn’t require any intervention.
Jiunn: Amazing burn performance. Even burn, tight ashes, cool burning temperature and ample smoke production.

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

Draw

Aaron: The draw was fairly snug throughout as it seemed quite packed with tobacco near the head. I have a feeling this held the cigar back a bit.
Seth: I found it slightly snug at times.
John: The draw had some snugness to it, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches into the resistant spectrum.
Jiunn: Amazing draw performance as well, giving the best balance of air flow and resistance.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar began with dark earth, oak and baking spice. The baking spice later transitioned to black pepper and a light cocoa powder note joined in. The final third saw the cocoa powder depart, the oak gain a toast note and a vegetal bitterness join in. The draw was fairly snug throughout, and I believe it impacted the overall flavor. The 601 Yellow Toro started well with a nice combination of flavors, but as I fought the draw, it dropped a level in the second third and maintained that level the rest of the way. I would be interested in coming back to this, to see if a better draw could help with the flavor profile from the first third lasting longer. I’m hoping the others can report on an overall better experience.
Seth: This 601 Yellow Toro really made me think of the 601 La Bomba. A Mexican covered version without the sweetness that you can get with Mexican San Andres. This was a beast of a cigar and not for me. I am not sure if I had some construction issues which dramatically impacted the overall flavors and experience, but I felt the cigar was just about the strength and body with some core flavors. Not my favorite 601, but I would definitely come back to it and be interested to see what others think.
John: The 601 Yellow Toro had an interesting start in the first third, and settled into some pleasant flavors for the second and last third that didn’t particularly stand out for me. The draw was snug and the burn was wavy, requiring a single touch-up. I’m a big fan of some of the cigars Espinosa puts out, and I found the 601 Yellow Toro to be pleasant to smoke. On the whole, I’m not sure it has any specific quality I’d reach for over another Espinosa offering, but I’d smoke it again. Total smoking time was 2 hours and 24 minutes.
Jiunn: There’s a good array of flavors to be enjoyed within the first third, but as the cigar progressed, the momentum was lost and the flavor package fell apart. Nothing displeasing about the flavors in themselves. It’s just that there wasn’t enough ingredients to make the 601 Yellow Toro a banger.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.80

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Seth Geise

SCORE

5.45

Cost/Point

$1.83

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John McTavish

SCORE

5.55

Cost/Point

$1.80

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.64

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Team Cigar Review: 601 Yellow Toro

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