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Cigar Review: EO 601 La Bomba Nuclear

11 Jan 2012

EO Brands has created some memorable lines since it was founded in 2003 by Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa. In relatively short time, the 601 Series, Murcielago, and Cubao cemented the Nicaragua-based brand as a favorite among cigar enthusiasts.

The smoke that usually comes to mind when I think of EO is the 601 Green. That habano oscuro-wrapped cigar is mighty and powerful with black pepper spice, coffee, and leather. While it may not be the most intense stick on the market, you can’t deny the sheer boldness of the so-called “Green Label.”

So when EO, now distributed by Rocky Patel, announced they would be releasing their strongest 601 to date at the 2011 industry trade show, I did a double-take. I also remember thinking that “La Bomba” is a fitting name if this blend is half as strong as it’s rumored to be.

La Bomba’s recipe includes 100% Nicaraguan tobacco and a dark, oily habano wrapper. Four explosive sizes are available: Atom (5.5 x 46), Napalm (5 x 52), Atomic (6 x 60), and Nuclear (6 x 50). Each retails for $7 to $9 apiece and is packaged in boxes of 10, and each is made at Don Pepin Garcia’s My Father Cigars factory in Nicaragua.

The Nuclear vitola has a unique pigtail cap that doubles as a “fuse” and a yellow band across the foot. Once the cap is clipped and the band is removed, it looks much more serious and a lot less gimmicky. Only then do I find myself appreciating the cleanliness of the wrapper, the extreme firmness of the roll, and the pre-light aroma of sweet cocoa and earth.

After taking note of the cigar’s smooth draw, a peppery profile of leather, dry wood, and espresso emerges. Many Don Pepin creations have strength, spice, and full body at the outset. But the power displayed here is more formidable than anything I’ve smoked in recent memory.

As it progresses, La Bomba Nuclear gives off traces of chocolate, nuts, cream, and black licorice. But the unwavering core of the smoke remains similar throughout. All the while the physical properties are superb, including a white ash that holds solid and a straight burn line.

If you’re looking for loads of complexity and nuance, this isn’t your best option. Cigars with this much power usually have the subtlety of an AC/DC song. That said, sometimes I’m in the mood for the screeching vocals of Brian Johnson and the blaring guitar solos of Angus Young. So don’t be surprised if the mood strikes you for a heavy post-meal smoke that can stand up to a stiff drink. The flavors are solid, and you won’t find anything to complain about in terms of construction. All things considered, this cigar is worthy of three and a half stogies out of five.

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Patrick A

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2 Responses to “Cigar Review: EO 601 La Bomba Nuclear”

  1. Greg Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    An insightful review. I wonder if I'll ever be in the mood for a stick like this. Possibly, but not too frequently, although I do appreciate the 601 Blue and the now defunct 601 Black. There's something about strength for strength's sake that isn't entirely inspiring. That being said, I'm sure this explosive stick will be up there in some smoker's top ten list.

  2. CarlosBoozer Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Thanks for the review, Patrick. I wonder if your colleague George would consider adding this line to his list of cigars with distasteful or offensive names?