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601 Serie black

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Those of you who follow this site probably read my reviews of other 601 cigars. So far I’ve enjoyed them. They are blended by Don Pepin Garcia for United Tobacco. For me, a typical Pepin blend punches you in the face to start, and then calms to what the cigar will become. As always, I smoked a couple of these with water and wrote my thoughts on the 601 black label.


Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $6.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The wrapper didn’t quite look like a typical Connecticut, and had a strange hue to the color. It was a little bumpy with medium veins. I picked up woody, earthy, and spicy notes when sniffing the wrapper. The cigar was consistently packed, and a little on the soft side. The draw was perfect, and had an interesting taste of spice, wood, and possibly leather or earth. It was a dark and dense flavor if that makes sense.

I didn’t do any burn corrections, and the ash held on for just over an inch.



The first third… Just as I suspected, I was greeted with a nice blast of pepper. It wasn’t a harsh or intense pepper, just a smooth and somewhat strong. Enough to grab your attention. Next in line was a woody flavor that was undeniable.


As I got into the second third, that full peppery sensation turned into more of a sweet spice. The smoke feel became thick and creamy. This led to a slight earthy and cedary aftertaste. The combination of these basic flavors were somehow unique and interesting.


The last third didn’t offer too much change. Most notably was an interesting earthy flavor that bordered on leather. The sweet spice remained along with the thick, creamy smoke feel. The woody component remained as well. Like I said, not a lot of change, but still enjoyable.



This was a good medium to full bodied cigar. I could see some people being turned off if they were expecting a mild cigar which is common to most Connecticut wrapped cigars. For me that wasn’t the case, and I really enjoyed the experience. Pick some up!

Don Kiki Limited Reserve (Green Label)

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Today’s review was given to me awhile ago by my pal Ed over at St.Pete Pipe & Cigars. I think he eventually opted to not carry this line, although I could be wrong. Being a beta tester for a cigar shop is a great gig. Every now and then Ed brings me into the fold to help out. I grabbed my usual cup of water and pounded out this review of the Don Kiki Green label.


Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 6 x 48

Price: Bundle of 25 – $43.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

As I inspected the wrapper, I found it looked great with small veins. There were a few soft spots, and the wrapper had a smell of wood and hay. The foot had a similar smell, with an addition of pepper and earth. The pre-light draw was perfect, with a simple taste of wood and earth. I did no burn corrections, and the ash held for an inch before tapping into the ashtray. Great construction.



The first third took a little while to get started. After about an inch, I detected woody flavors. Behind that were very slight sweet notes. There were hay-ish earthy flavors mixed in as well. Very mild, simple, and smooth. My only complaint was the smoke and overall flavor profile seemed thin.


The second third filled out a little bit. The woodiness increased slightly in body and strength. The sweet notes became thicker and took on a mild caramel feel and flavor. The smoke feel became creamy. Earthy flavors were there, but they would fade and come back.


The last third was the most satisfying. The earthy and woody flavors were dominant. The smoke took on a more creamy feel and was a little toasty. The mild flavor of caramel would come and go. Every now and then I’d get a mild fruity taste.



This was a decent mild bodied cigar. The flavor profile was nice, but overall it felt thin and unrefined. If I factor in the price of under $2.00 a stick, I can’t complain. I could see myself smoking this in the morning with coffee. This isn’t a bad value smoke.

601 Green Label

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I don’t consider myself a Don Pepin Garcia fan boy, but you’d probably think different after reading some reviews on this site. After enjoying the 601 Red Label recently, I had to try some of the other Pepin blended 601 cigars. The green label seemed to be the next logical choice. I wonder if this will live up to my expectations. Let’s see what happened when I grabbed my usual glass of water and sat down with the 601 Green Label.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Tronco 5×52

Price: 5 – $6.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

Inspecting the wrapper, I found it visually appealing. The dark wrapper had a few veins and I could see glimmering specks of oil. This thing was well on it’s way to having plume. Squeezing the cigar, I found a couple tight spots, but otherwise was consistently packed with tobacco. Sniffing the wrapper revealed a grassy, earthy, sweet natural tobacco scent. The foot had minimal smell, with slight sweet earthy notes. Clipping the cap, I found the draw was a bit too snug, but I could live with it. The pre-light draw had a rich earthy taste with hints of pepper.

The ash was solid, taking effort to knock off after letting it get to a couple inches in length. The burn required no corrections, and the tight draw loosened up a bit to a more acceptable level.



The first third… Right after I lit up, I was hit with pepper. Note I wasn’t “Blasted” with pepper. It was rather smooth and easy to smoke. Shortly afterwards, dry mocha notes came into the flavor profile. To rap things up, a sweet cinnamon-ish spice rounded everything out.


The second third went well. That familiar pepper combined with that spicy sweet cinnamon and had a bit of a bite. Don’t get me wrong, there was no harshness, but this definitely isn’t a beginner cigar. The mocha remained fairly strong as well, while hints of nuttiness lingered. Full bodied and nice…


The last third did a similar thing that the red label did. Instead of intensifying, the strength actually calmed down a bit. All the while, the body picked up the pace a little if that makes sense. I guess what I mean is the nicotine punch calmed a little, while the flavors stood out more. About the flavors… Dry mocha remained with a sweet spice and pepper. The pepper helped retain a little punch but not over the top. Nutty flavors increased as well and rounded out the flavor profile.



This was a good cigar that went into the full bodied range. I wouldn’t give this to a beginner or occasional smoker though. But for those who enjoy medium and full bodied cigars, I’d recommend this without hesitation. Pepin – You’ve done it again!

First Impression – 601 “Red Label”

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The title says it all. I’ve never had this cigar before this review was written. I generally like to smoke at least two cigars before doing a review. If I simply don’t have that 2nd or 3rd cigar, I try to make a note in the review. As always, I rummaged through the small humidor and dug this out. After asking around, it turns out my pal Matt gave this to me awhile ago. You remember him, we did this review awhile back. I’m pairing up with water and a touch of Glenfiddich 18 year scotch. The scotch really helps cleanse the palate. Since this is a first impression review, I’ll need all the help I can get. On to the review…

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Natural

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Robusto 5 x 50

Price: Around $7.00

1 601 RedLabel

Pre-smoke & Construction:

The smooth, tan wrapper looked nice and refined. There were no noticeable soft spots in the cigar either. I could only detect a woody smell when sniffing the wrapper. I got a combination of wood and pepper when sniffing the foot. The pre-light draw was free, and had notes of hay and grass. The burn only required a few touch up’s, and the ash was flaky, only lasting about a half of an inch.


Smooth peppery notes kicked off the first third. Next up was cedar, a decent amount of it. Cocoa and earthy flavors kicked in as I progressed through this third. Simple, full bodied, and good.

2 601 RedLabel

The second third started off with a reduction in pepper. Earthy flavors increased slightly at times, as did the mocha. As I reached the end of the 2nd third, the pepper transformed into a sweet somewhat spicy flavor.

3 601 RedLabel

The last third went well in to the full bodied spectrum. Mocha and woody flavors were in the front of the flavor profile. A sweet smoothness combined with earthiness to fill up the remaining space. The smoke became thick and coated the mouth. Very full bodied and creamy.

4 601 RedLabel


Now a bad full bodied cigar! This isn’t a WOW cigar by any means, but it definitely was not bad at all. Considering this was the first time I’ve tried the 601 Red label, it went well and I will try this again.

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