Erik Espinosa has been around many facets of the cigar industry. He's worked with Alec Bradley, Gurkha, Rocky Patel, and Drew Estate all in various capacities. To say the guy has been around the block is an understatement. And now, Espinosa has found a home. He has his own factory in La Zona, and is doing things his way with his acclaimed 601 brand and his own up-and-coming lines.
601 Blue Box-Pressed Maduro is an excellent choice when searching for a rich, medium to full-bodied cigar that tantalizes the palate with a natural sweetness. Bold and complex, this cigar is packed tightly with Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers, producing a thick and creamy smoke that offers a spicy-sweet aroma. The Nicaraguan maduro wrapper adds a natural sweetness to the blend, creating a perfectly balanced cigar as the box-pressed shape allows for a slow and even burn. 601 Box-Pressed Maduro offers a long finish, and is an excellent choice after a hearty meal.
Received as part of Silver Bells Sampler, which I highly recommend. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Not sure why, but I've always loved the feel of a box pressed cigar. Rich, intense flavors, but at the same time an easy smoke. Smooth draw. Some uneven burning during final 3rd, but nothing too problematic. My first cigar from the 601 line and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll definitely snap up some more of these, especially if I can find them on sale. Worth seeking out if you've never had before.
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4 out of 5
A good smoke...
Mar 27, 2016
This maduro starts medium with a sweet dark taste, and rapidly becomes spicy and somewhat like cinnamon by the middle of it. It ends strong with a hot tangy flavor. Good even burn and worth the time and money.
Steve L.✔ Verified Buyer
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3 out of 5
Bought on sale ok cigar
Feb 20, 2016
Bought on sale ok cigar but probably wouldn't buy at full price. No