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Cigar Review: EO 601 Serie “White” Churchill

24 Jan 2013

601-whiteAs part of my goal to smoke more milder cigars, I picked up a box of these Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped Churchills when I saw them marked down dramatically by an online shop.

My understanding, from speaking with him at last summer’s IPCPR Trade Show, was that when Erik Espinosa took over the 601 line as part of his new Espinosa Cigars, this line was no longer being made. And Espinosa confirmed yesterday that, indeed, the 601 White has been discontinued.

The box I got has a 2009 date and was sealed with an EO Brands strip down the side. I felt I knew what to expect. I’d smoked quite a few of the White Labels, though I’m not sure I’d had the Churchill (7 x 48). I recalled a tasty, relatively mild, satisfying cigar.

When I cracked open the box and tried one, that was what I got. A little pepper at the front end, woody notes toward the middle, and a depth of tobacco taste from the Nicaraguan filler and binder.

I’ve since smoked several more, and consistency has been a hallmark. Construction has been excellent, as have the burn and draw. I haven’t noticed any significant differences in flavor or texture from the age of these cigars, as opposed to those I smoked out of the box in the past.

If you enjoy a milder smoke, this is one that’s not to be missed. Whatever the production situation, finding them isn’t at all difficult. And finding them at a bargain price isn’t, either. I paid less than $4 per stick. All in all, a fine cigar. I give it four stogies out of five.

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George E

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7 Responses to “Cigar Review: EO 601 Serie “White” Churchill”

  1. Gary Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Thanks for the review. I may have to grab a few if I see them on sale. Can you confrim whether or not the entire 601 brand is discontinued? Different people seem to have different answers, and I think you might be a good source of reliable information. Thanks.

  2. foozer69 Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    nice review, sounds like a good stick for the money!!

  3. George E Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    No, the 601 line has not been discontinued. Erik is continuing to make the 601 Green Label Oscuro, the 601 Red Label Habano, the 601 Blue Label Maduro and the 601 La Bomba. You'll find all the Espinosa cigars shown at http://www.espinosacigars.com/our-cigars/

    • Gary Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks for the info.

  4. Swede214 Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Yes, right up my cigar ally, now I need to find these cigars, thanks George.

  5. Joe S. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I read it as the 601 White being discontinued…

    • George E. Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

      Yes, the 601 White has been discontinued. The Green, Red, Blue and La Bomba are still being produced.