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Stogie Reviews: EO 601 Serie “Black” Robusto

10 Feb 2010

United Tobacco’s 601 line is a favorite of mine and my colleagues here at StogieGuys.com. Two of the four, Red and Blue, scored four stogies in reviews, while the powerhouse Green garnered four and a half.

EO601BlackIt seemed only right that we round out the series with a look at the Black. It may not be Don Pepin’s most discussed creation, but it continues to rank among his best.

Covered by a light brown Connecticut leaf grown in Ecuador, some smokers might fall for the oft-repeated fiction that such a wrapper is the mark of a mild smoke. They’d be just as wrong as those who assume dark cigars are powerful. In this case, I think most smokers will find the Black more powerful than its darker sibling, the Blue.

But it is taste, not simply strength, that makes the 601 line outstanding. And the Black doesn’t disappoint. The 5 inch by 50 ring gauge Robustos I’ve smoked are a delight to the senses. It begins with a luscious pre-light aroma of nuts, adds a bit of pepper to that flavor in the initial third, and then mixes in hints of clove and rich tobacco sweetness.

I’ve probably smoked a dozen or so and have had no construction problems. The draw is consistently excellent and the cigars produce copious amounts of smoke. The only real drawback I could name is that they tend to burn a little fast.

Bought individually, these sticks run around $7 or $7.50, though they’re often considerably cheaper in 5-pack or box deals.

Just like its brethren, this stick from Erik Espinoza and Eddie Ortega is worthy of a strong recommendation and a high rating. It earns four stogies out of five.

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George E

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3 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: EO 601 Serie “Black” Robusto”

  1. Tommy Gun Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    My least favorite of the 601 line, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad smoke. In fact it probably is top 10 for me when it comes to Connecticut wrapped smokes.

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