|Shapes||Corona Extra, Gordo, Toro|
Strong as steel
Hailing from La Zona – a factory claiming 2015 small operations factory of the year awards – comes another powerhouse blend from the 601 line. In this small factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, Erik Espinosa has been working hard with an excellent team of torcedores to produce boutique cigars that that have been taking 90+ ratings like they’re going out of style.
601 Steel is a Nicaraguan puro that employs a super dark Habano Oscuro wrapper atop Nicaraguan fillers and binder. With each puff you’ll be attacked by a full-body profile. Strong indeed, but easy enough on the palate to enjoy. Off the bat you’ll be barraged with red and black pepper but a few minutes in, the intensity settles and enjoyable notes of coffee, cocoa, cream, nuts, and cedar ensue. If you’re into the full-bodied boutiques, be sure to give this one a taste.