La Bomba – Pre-Release – Cigar Review
The latest offering from Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa, collectively known as EO Brands is the La Bomba. There first new release since joining the Rocky Patel stables, should rest any doubts about their relationship with the My Father factory. In fact, when I had a chance to talk with Eddie Ortega for a few minutes at Cigar Fest the first thing I asked him was, “who made the cigar”. That answer was My Father.
I guess I should be fair and give Eddie and Erik a little grief since we got on the case of a certain manufacture about his lack of originality. La Bomba looks like a Pepin firecracker, not so much in size but rather because of the long fuse pig tail cap. But I guess we will also let them slide because after all they are part of that family.
Cigar: La Bomba
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Not Disclosed
Binder: Not Disclosed
Filler: Not Disclosed
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3
Appearance and Construction: I wish I had some blend information, but on twitter Eddie stated, “no comments..left for smokers to guess”. The wrapper on the La Bomba is just glistening with oils and has some thin, fine veins and a bit of tooth present as well. The roll is slightly porous and in the hand the cigar feels a little light with the foot being a loose. But, these are pre-releases so there is always time to fix that! The cap of the cigar features a long pigtail that looks like a fuse.
Flavor & Notes: Once I clipped the cap with my Xikar Scissors the pre-light draw on the cigar was a nice mocha while the nose of the foot reminded me of cashes and there was an abundance of splice as well. I found myself second guessing whether I picked up mocha as well. Once the cigar was lit there was some hearty leather notes and some subtle earthy undertones. There was substantial pepper in through the nose that made my eyes water. After an inch or so some cashew notes developed with a touch of sweetness for a moment. In the second third leather continued but there was also orange peel and mocha along for the ride. The final third of the cigar was a little one-dimensional as the cigar returned to a focus on leather.
Smoking Characteristics: Despite the loose fit I found myself smoking this cigar for a solid hour and a half, and as you can tell by the pictures I started in sunlight and finished in darkness. The draw of the cigar was ideal and the burn line crisp. The darker color ash was a bit flaky but winds were gusting to 25 mph and the ash still held on well. Due to the excessive winds I had a hard time picking up an aroma.
Conclusion: The second third of this cigar was really delicious and I hope that with some aging it would be more of what the cigar has to offer. Only time will tell if this cigar a total bomb, or is the DA BOMB! I’ll definitely smoke another of these before deciding on the box, because it still scored pretty high in my book.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Eddie for sending me some samples, I look forward to purchasing them on May 11th when they go on sale.