601 La Bomba Atomic – Cigar Review
The 601 La Bomba is the “powerhouse” in the EO Brands line up. It is an attractive Nicaraguan puro named after “The bomb” in spanish. Not surprisingly, each vitola in the line is named after an explosive of some sort. Today I am reviewing the 6 x 60 Atomic, but there is also the Napalm, the Atom, and the Nuclear. I love the concept behind the line, the entire theme of the bomb and the design is quite appealing, and its time to see how this stacks up once the fuse is lit.
Size: 6 x 60
Strength: Medium to Full
Flavor: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The La Bomba features a bright yellow foot band with some gold trimming. 601 is written out in large letters with a bomb being used as an “O”, and La Bomba written below in a ribbon and the size Atomic written below that. The wrapper of the cigar is a medium brown with some light veins and a rich oil. The La Bomba is topped off with a very long pig tail and a nice generous triple cap.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the La Bomba has notes of mocha, wood, and a little leather. The foot has the scent of grass, nuts, coffee, chocolate, and a little wood. To prepare smoking the La Bomba I use a slight straight cut. The cold draw was a little loose and yielded the flavor of wood, grass, cocoa, and a little leather.
Smoking Characteristics: The 601 La Bomba kicks off with a blend of wood, cocoa, pepper, spice, leather, and a little earth. The initial draw, much like the cold draw, is a little loose, yet each puff still yields a nice full body of cool smoke. Each draw leaves a little spice and a bit of pepper lingering on the palate, providing a long finish. The aroma while smoking is quite pleasant with a rich full robust scent filling the air. The strength in the first third is solidly medium range. Towards the end of the first third, the draw evens out perfectly.
Into the second third of the 601 La Bomba Atomic, the pepper and spice continue to dominate the flavor profile, with the wood, cocoa, leather, and earth all acting as undertones. During this third the spice becomes a bit more defined, and I’m picking up a little wasabi and cinnamon within the spice. The strength builds a bit more into the medium to full range, but in terms of strength, it is not quite the “bomb” I was expecting. The construction is quite impeccable, the ash holds firm well past the inch mark, and the burn remains quite even.
During the final third of the 601 La Bomba Atomic, the core flavors remain the same. I’m still getting lots of pepper, spice, wood, cocoa leather, and earth. Now there is also a nice light sweetness which has joined the blend, it offers a nice contrast to the bold flavors of the La Bomba. The strength remains in the medium to full range, offering a nice buzz while smoking. The construction remains quite amazing, with the ash holding firm and the burn remaining sharp. The 601 La Bomba Atomic smokes cool to the nub without any issues all the way to the end.
Conclusion: The 601 La Bomba Atomic is quite the tasty stick, though it doesn’t have quite the power I expect from an Atomic bomb. The construction is fantastic, there is no issue with the draw, burn, or ash at any point.
Overall I enjoyed the 601 La Bomba Atomic quite a bit, and could easily see myself reaching for it again on the B&M’s shelves.