601 Blue Label Maduro Cigars
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601 Blue Label Maduro

A box-press beauty from Erik Espinosa.

As if 601 Serie wasn't good enough, Erik 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. Stack 601 up against any other box-pressed maduro on the market — we're sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.

601 Blue Label Maduro 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."

PackIn StockMSRPPriceQtyCart
Prominente (Gordo) (5.5"x56)
Box of 20In Stock$188.00
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Robusto (5.2"x52)
Box of 20In Stock$168.00
save $33.0120% off
Robusto (5.2"x52)
Pack of 5In Stock$44.50
save $8.9520% off
Toro (6.2"x54)
Box of 20Delayed 30+ Days$188.00
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Toro (6.2"x54)
Pack of 5In Stock$47.00
save $7.0115% off
Torpedo (6.1"x52)
Box of 20In Stock$188.00
save $38.0120% off
Overall Rating4.72 out of 5 Based on 29 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “601 Blue Label Maduro”

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5 out of 5
Had a good full body
Had a good full body smoke really enjoyed it
5 out of 5
A very nice smoke.
I really enjoy these nice cigars. I especially enjoy the draw of box pressed, and these are very good.
5 out of 5
Lots of flavor. Good smoke,
Lots of flavor. Good smoke, good burn.
5 out of 5
601 blue maduro prominente
great cigar. easy draw. great flavors, and full body. all and all a great smoke. I would order them again.
5 out of 5
Razor Burn
Bought a box and let em rest in my humi for a month. I have smoked five so far and have been impressed. The burn is slow and razor sharp with espresso and almonds. First third to me was on the medium side ramping up to medium-full about the half way point. All in all a very pleasant cigar that I would definitely recommend.
5 out of 5
two thumbs up
One of my favorite cigars, also like the green 601 too!
5 out of 5
Very good stick
Extremely good smoke Very heavy but not harsh Best to smoke slow Very rewarding Burns slow and clean
5 out of 5
No better value for taste
Wonderful Madura in truest sense.
3 out of 5
Fair choice
Good cigar
5 out of 5
Good smoke
One if my favorite cigars as of now. There are better cigars out there of coarse, but for the price this is very good every day smoke for those who like nice full body cigar. Its definitely one to try and keep a few in your arsenal..
4 out of 5
Good smoke
Good smoke
5 out of 5
Sold on 601
Very solid blend. Great, rich flavors, even burn, perfect draw, no complaints. I’d love to keep at least a five pack on hand at all times. Got this in the sampler.
5 out of 5
Simply Excellent
Like most people I always have a nice variety of cigars in my humidor and I asure that I never let this one run low!
5 out of 5
601 blue
great cigars!!
4 out of 5
Worth the money
Nice smooth smoke. All around great cigar.
5 out of 5
Hard to beat
Delicious smooth strong smoke. Great draw and Burns well. Construction could be a bit better. But flavors are all you could want from a Maduro.
3 out of 5
601 maduro
Solid smoke strong from beginning to end..
5 out of 5
Very pleasant accident.
Stumbled on these a while back while bidding on anything I could find. Quickly became one of my favorites. Well built and tasty.
5 out of 5
601 Blue Box pressed maduro
Excellent....burned well great taste... very enjoyable.... now I need to try the Oscuro
5 out of 5
This is an awesome cigar. My favorite affordable smoke..
5 out of 5
Perfect in every way
Perfect Smoke. Nothing else to even say!!!
5 out of 5
One of the BEST!
Had these Babies aging over the years and had one every now and then. They are super top notch. I wonder if the older ones I have are close to those made today? I sure hope they are. If so, they cannot be Beat!
4 out of 5
Well Done
A very smooth Maduro, no harshness whatsoever. Beautiful wrapper with a perfect box press. Not quite as much flavor as some of my favorite maduros, however the flavor is pleasant and smooth, again with no harshness. Chocolatey indeed and well worth the price. I don't keep many in my regular rotation, but this one earns a spot for sure.
5 out of 5
Great burn, and tons of flavor. In my top 5 ever.
5 out of 5
601 Blue Label box pressed maduro robusto
This is one of my top 5 favorites. Every time I have one, I wonder why I still bother to buy other samplers.
5 out of 5
Wow! What an amazing smoke. This 601 Blue is top of the line. Will definitely be getting some more.
4 out of 5
Not bad, not bad at all.
I tried the 601 Blue Box-Pressed Maduro Robusto on a recommendation. It's a good stick though I am not sure I would buy them again. They lack in flavor from what I am used to smoking -- the Don Pepin Blue.
5 out of 5
One of my favorite sticks
Beautifully constructed and full flavored box pressed maduro. Wonderful spice with notes of creaminess and earth. Highly recommend for smokers who love a quality smoke. Smoke em if you got em...enjoy
5 out of 5
Delicious cigar! Can you spell; choc-o-laty"?
Customer Testimonials
I have two different types of 601 blues. One is a milk chocolate brown wrapper that is more of a “squeeze” press than a box press and heavy in hand. The other is a very dark chocolate brown wrapper that is very box pressed and light in hand. I can’t tell you the differences between the two smokes, but it may be that you get a cigar that doesn’t look like the picture posted to CI. But don’t let that get you down, either way the cigar is fantastic., a cigar that I believe has become a true classic and changed the way I looked at maduros. I can always count on a 601 blue when I need a cigar that is going to give me amazing flavor and perfect construction.
NW of Vallejo, CA
In keeping with the 601 tradition of great cigars, this one is no exception to the rule. Great flavors that any cigar smoker could enjoy, and while bold it is not overbearing. If you enjoy other 601s you will also enjoy these.
DM of Hixson, TN
One of my favorites. I really enjoyed the La Bomba and figured I would give another 601 blend a shot. This smoke is pretty full flavored and full bodied. I usually enjoy most of my cigars with either a single barrel bourbon or scotch, however this smoke was best enjoyed by me with a cup of coffee. I found the flavor profile to be right in line with coffee notes and sweet tobacco flavors among other things. The flavor stays pretty consistent, I didn't find it to be particularly complex. Just smooth, consistent and strong. I went on to order a box and try to keep them in a regular rotation in the humidor. I'll continue to keep these stocked. I found they were best after about 3 months of sitting in 68%.
JR of Reston, VA
Smooth and delicious.. Great smoke.
EW of Virginia Beach, VA
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 ?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
probably the best maduro i've had.i picked up a few at a cigar shop,because i love anything by Don was great as i expected it would be.if you like Don Pepin or maduros then you won't be disappointed.i'm glad to see that CI is carrying these now!

601 Serie Blue Box-Press Maduro

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.