Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Vitola: 7 1/2 x 38, Box-pressed Lancero
Factory: La Zona, Esteli, Nicaragua
Source: IPCPR 2016
Availability: 500 Boxes of 10
CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10, (Box of 10, $109.50)
Espinosa 601 La Bomba Warhead III – Initial Thoughts
The Espinosa 601 La Bomba Warhead III returns in 2016 after a hiatus in 2015. The original Warhead, released in 2013, was a 6 1/2 x 54 cigar. In 2014, Espinosa produced the Warhead II in a 5 1/2 x 56 vitola. As you can see from the details, this year’s release is a lancero and is advertised as “box-pressed”. While it clearly isn’t round, the box-press doesn’t have sharp corners.
The broadleaf wrapper on my Warhead III is rough looking with some tooth, leading to a rugged appearance. Strong scents of barnyard, cocoa and wet hay present off the wrapper. I’m detecting spice and barnyard from the foot, both being very mild. The cap features a small pigtail finish and once removed, allows a easy draw through the cigar. The cold draw features cocoa and dry hay and, along with the scents I mentioned above, indicates this broadleaf bomb may be a real treat.
Espinosa La Bomba Warhead III – First Third
Cocoa, Espresso, Tobacco, Black Pepper, Leather, Cedar, Cream
My first draws on this Espinosa Warhead III cover my palate with cocoa notes. Accentuating the cocoa is espresso, tobacco flavors and a nice flourish of black pepper, followed up by leather and cedar. It’s interesting to smoke a cigar where cedar isn’t the overwhelming profile note.
In retro hale, cedar is up front with cream and espresso complimenting the mix. It also has quite a bit of peppery heat, blasting away at my sinuses. The overall power of this stick is impressive. Before this third is even finished, I label this a medium body, full strength cigar.
The burn is a bit wavy in this first section, but self-corrects easily. Additionally, the ash has been consistently flaky and messy during my first eighteen minutes of smoking.
Espinosa 601 La Bomba Warhead III – Second Third
Cedar, Cocoa, Earth, Baking Spice, Cream, Black Pepper, Cherry
Just as I lament about a profile without cedar domination, it rushes right to the front as I start the middle third of the Warhead III. Just shorter in stride, cocoa, earth and baking spices find their respective places and black pepper wraps around the other flavors, covering my entire mouth in warmth.
The smoke from the Warhead is thick and heavy, complimenting the full-bodiedness of the cigar and adding cherry notes to the smoke profile. I’m not sure if there is a correlation or not, but as the smoke of the Warhead III becomes more luxurious, the ash has solidified as well, falling in well-formed chunks.
Espinosa 601 La Bomba Warhead III – Final Third
Cedar, Leather, Tobacco, Cherry, Black Pepper
Like a impromptu fire drill, the final third Is mixing things up! Cedar comes out in front with leather notes moving into the following spot. With moderate complexity but enjoyable flavors complimenting one another, I am really enjoying this lancero. I end up applying a small touch-up to the burn to correct a sudden uneven burn in the Warhead.
Just as the leather nuances subside, cherry moves in bringing along the familiar black pepper to finish the show. The subtle shifts in profile and the heavy, creamy texture of the smoke continue to add to my enjoyment of the Warhead III.
Several times I have found the cigar sitting in the rest, appearing to have gone out. However, every single time I pick it up and give it a draw, it jumps to life, picking up right where it left off. One hour and three minutes was my smoke time with the Warhead III.
Consistent, Enjoyable Flavors
Near Perfect Burn
Minor Burn Issues
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