The 'bomb' jokes flow all too easy with this one, and normally I'd be joining the fun. But after seeing countless 'bomb' references strewn everywhere, I'm going to take the higher ground with a more direct approach. Introducing, the 601 La Bomba.
La Bomba hails from the mind and hands of Erik Espinosa, and just to preface something, the blend definitely isn't for the timid. Dressed in a dark, oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, and teeming with extra fermented, extra feisty Nicarguan ligero long-fillers, this is one of 601's strongest creations to date. About as subtle as a bull in a china shop, La Bomba has no warm up, no gradual build, it charges at you full-tilt from the very first puff. Underlying traces of red pepper, nuts, cocoa, leather and espresso all make a cameo. Full-bodied and balanced, it's no doubt one of the most intriguing handmades in the 601 portfolio. Note: Warhead kicks things up a notch by instead utilizing a dark Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper (overtop the same bold core). Limited-edition.
I've smoked six 601's and remain unimpressed. I found the draw a bit harsh; I had two with cracks in the wrapper that required repair. Other EO brands have been a better value - I won't give up, but I was underwhelmed.