Strength: Full
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Shapes:GordoRobustoToroTorpedo

601 Blue Box-Pressed Maduro

A box-press beauty from Eric Espinosa.

As if 601 Serie wasn't good enough, Eric Espinosa decided to raise the bar with this maduro-wrapped lovely finished in box-pressed format. On the outside, a dark Nicaraguan maduro glistens with oils and boasts a mouthwatering, toothy texture. Inside, a robust blend of aged Cuban-seed long-leaf tobaccos marries to promote a rich, medium to full-bodied profile layered with satisfying flavors. Expect a classic combination of earth and coffee complemented by a touch of spice on the finish. Naturally, quality is top-notch with each slow-burning cigar, so sit back and savor this impressive super-premium.

In addition to 'Humidor Selection' honors and a spot among the world's 'Top 25 Cigars', 601 Serie Blue received a healthy, 93-point rating, which noted:

"A thick, box-pressed cigar with a triple-seam cap and dark, clean wrapper. The substantial draw layers the palate with a chewy, complex smoke full of dark-roasted espresso bean flavours, touches of almond, and caramel."
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Strength: Full
Shapes:Gordo
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
Prominente (Gordo) (5.5"x56) BOX OF 20 In Stock$185.00$143.95
Strength: Full
Shapes:Gordo
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
5-PACK In Stock$37.50
Strength: Full
Shapes:Robusto
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
Robusto (5.2"x52) BOX OF 20 Backordered $165.00$127.95
Strength: Full
Shapes:Robusto
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
5-PACK In Stock$35.00
Strength: Full
Shapes:Toro
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
Toro (6.2"x54) BOX OF 20 In Stock$185.00$143.95
Strength: Full
Shapes:Toro
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
5-PACK In Stock$37.50
Strength: Full
Shapes:Torpedo
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
Torpedo (6.1"x52) BOX OF 20 In Stock$185.00$143.95
Strength: Full
Shapes:Torpedo
Wrapper:Habano Maduro
Origin:Nicaragua
Pressed:Yes
Binder:Nicaraguan
Filler:Nicaraguan
5-PACK In Stock$37.50
Showing 1-15 of 15 Reviews
Customer Reviews of “601 Blue Box-Pressed Maduro”
“30 seconds after lighting it was clear to my taste buds why this is so highly rated. Mild-medium fans, including myself, do not need to shy away from this smoke. The full flavors are refined and mellow. Nor is this one of those bitter and uncompromising maduros. This dark and oily wrapper is as sweet as candy. So all of you out there in CI Land have no excuses. Try this cigar! JL”
JL of St. Louis, MO
“Being cigar #6 of the 25 top cigars of 2009, the 601 Blue Box-Pressed Maduro is worth the price! Smooth with some spice. Excellent flavor and evolution.”
GR of Sterling, VA
“Very well made. Perfect burn and draw. Rich intoxicating flavors, without overpowering my palate. God Bless Don Peppin for creating this beauty! God Bless CI for stocking it! Although this cigar costs a little bit more than my cigar budget wants to handle, it is without a doubt worth every penny. Trust me man, you cannot go wrong with this one.”
LW of Sylmar, CA
“When I've had a rough day I pour some good bourbon on the rocks and toast up a hefty 601 Blue torpedo and after the first few savory pulls on that bad-boy I realize I've got the perfect cigar in my hands. I wish they weren't so pricey but Don "Pepin" Garcia's products are definitely worth a few extra shillings. If my wife reads this please order me a box for my birthday!”
JG of Bowie, MD
“601 Blues are one of my favorite cigars. Generally not a fan of box pressed sticks, but the flavor profile on these more than makes up for that. These Blues have one of the most layered flavor profiles of any cigar I've ever smoked. The cigar starts out great and gets better and better as I smoke it. The 601 Greens use to be my favorite in the line, I still love them, but these Blues are must try sticks.”
JW of Plainfield, IL
“This is a tremendous cigar. I just finished my first one, and it won't be my last. The subtle underlying sweetness mixed with the creamy coffee/nutty flavor is unlike anything I've had before. It just keeps getting better and better as you smoke it. Wow! I'm really impressed with this one.”
TS of Corona, CA
“Tasty,tasty,tasty!!It's cigars like this that keep me captivated -like the first time you experience a great cigar.With these (601 Serie Blue),it's always like the first time.One of the best maduros in the world,period.Thanks C.I.”
RK of College Park, MD
“IMO this is one of Pepin's best and if you like maduros it's a must try. First, it's a beautiful looking cigar with it's oily wrapper and box pressed shape. Of course, outstanding flavors follow the first draw, as with most Pepin sticks. Heavy coco/coffee undertones grow stronger as this one smokes. Order while you can and tuck a few of these away to enjoy for years to come!!”
RW of Atlanta, GA
“Light-up is wicked but 1/8 of an inch the oil taste dissipates a flavor profile of spice, wood, and chocolate follows. Truly a masterpiece and is a "poor man's" 1926 Pardon. Just my opinion. Worth every penny and then some.”
EH of Ft. Stewart, GA
“Man, I wish that I had a thousand of these in my humidors. This cigar is on par with the Pepin JJ Maduro. Awsome!!!”
CS of Rock Springs, WY
“If you like a tasty Maduro then you are crazy if pass these up! Another excellent 601 is the Green. You can't go wrong with EO brand smokes. Great construction, draw, burn you name it they always deliver excellent cigars!”
CH of Ludington, MI
“Great cigar, love the boxed press robusto. Top notch!”
DM of Haverford, PA
“I love a fine box pressed roll, this one included. They don't roll off the damn deck rail to boot! Although I would go to fetch it in any case since this one is really quite enjoyable.”
MS of Bethlehem, PA
“The only problem I can find with these cigars is that they're out of stock so often, which should attest quite well to their quality. These fine cigars go well with most darker drinks (I prefer them with a Guinness or Crown Royal Black). They burn well and consistently, and definitely deserve their high rating. The flavor is rich and has an abundance of wonderful flavors. I use these alternatively with Rocky Patel Decades as my "celebration" cigars, and only my dearest of friends will get to smoke them with me.”
BO of Merritt Island, FL
“Smoking my first 601 blue maduro out of ten and this is an awesome smoke. I'm trying to think of the right words to describe it; exotic, smooth, balanced. Aroma is sweet and chocolate like; I'm in love with this stick ! Lingering finish , just beautiful . After each pull I can't wait for the next. Gotta take it easy here cuz I'm feelin goood ! Maybe these should be illegal ?”
JM of ZIMMERMAN, MN

601 Serie Blue Box-Press Maduro

Posted by Steve R

A while back I reviewed the original 601 Serie, a high-end cigar made by Don ‘Pepin’ Garcia in his Nicaraguan-based factory, El Rey de los Habanos. Since I wrote this review, a new breed of 601 has been released, in the form of a box-pressed maduro, which also represents one of the few, if not the only, super-premium maduros made by Pepin Garcia.

CigarFest ‘07 was the first time I tried 601 Serie Blue Box-Press Maduro. It was early in the morning on Cigar Fest Eve, and I was helping set up the show floor. I had nothing in my stomach but a large cup of D&D, and had I known what I know now, I would have waited until after lunch to enjoy this cigar.

It’s almost noon here at the office, and I already have 3 meals under my belt for the day, so I’m ready to revisit the 601 Serie Box-Press Maduro. Vitola du jour, Toro. Blue Box-Press Maduro is a serious cigar, for serious cigar enthusiasts. It’s powerful and loaded with complexity, offering a long, satisfying finish. But, like most Pepin-made cigars I’ve tried, it’s balanced and smooth, with a slow burn that never goes out, allowing you to puff sparingly if the strength becomes too much, but enjoy thoroughly. In case you didn’t figure it out, this cigar gets the nod.

This dark variety of 601 Serie is blended with Pepin’s traditional tobacco types. A Cuban-seed Nicaraguan binder securing a mixture of Cuban-seed, long-leaf tobaccos grown in Nicaragua. The wrapper, also Nicaraguan, but dark in nature with a smooth texture and even a few crystals shining here and there. In true Pepin fashion, each cigar is fitted with three perfectly applied caps. The pre-light aroma is somewhat sweet, with a barnyard finish. A touch of pepper hits the nose. And then the box-press, a nicely rounded press, making this cigar feel great (and heavy) in the hand.

The wrapper itself lends a dry flavor that becomes spicy when chewed long enough. Off the start, the cigar is relatively mellow, with a rich core and a vanilla-like sweetness. After each puff, a spice tickles the sides of my palate. I notice pepper and licorice through the nose, and in doing so, my eyes begin to tear. I don’t think I’ll be doing that again for a little while. After about 10 minutes, the full-bodied nature of this cigar becomes prevalent. I can now feel it in my belly and in my head, right behind the eyes. The salt and pepper ash is quite flaky, but holds until I help it into my ashtray after every inch or so.

After the first third, the cigar becomes earthy in character. The aroma is spicy with an earthy influence. Almost like potting soil. In addition to this earthiness, which now dominates, a hint of coffee bean finishes each puff, and the wrapper begins to lend a very (very) faint sweetness. Indeed, there is a lot going on here, and I am only half-way through. Which leads me to my next point: this powerhouse burns slow, and the smoke is thick and cool; the furthest thing from harsh. The final third seems to mellow a bit, just before the cigar unleashes a wealth of spice on its final leg. The finish is robust, completing an eventful cigar layered with bold flavors.

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