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601 Habano Red Trabuco Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, August 14, 2011
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601 Habano Red Trabuco Cigar Review

This 6 1/8×58 cigar features a thin dark brown wrapper with an oily, soft, even dense pack with a slight spongy give, small veins, tight seams, a triple cap and rich soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a loose draw with plenty of airy smoke output, giving a medium body flavor of a rich oily tobacco and pepper kick on the long finish. The first third shows medium-full body of a creamy textured slightly sweet leather and wood combo, holding an oily wood mouthfeel over through the finish. Ash is very bright white, draw is still loose but the burn is very good. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors have slowly transitioned just a bit, the leather turning in to a general deep earth, and it holds through the finish. The ash held on for the 1st third, falling off in a solid chunk. Ending at 1:15 in, the last third showed no further changes, only gong a bit wonky on the burn. Thank you very much to Terry Tassin Jr. for sending this for review, I really appreciate it!

  • JJO

    I got a 5-pack in the Rabito size, and the first one I tried after a couple of weeks of rest was extremely tight on the draw and not fun at all to smoke. I think they came from Famous overly humidified, a problem I also had with some Cubaos I got from them. The next one a few months later was better, but still not very enjoyable. The rest will have to sit for quite a while longer. The Green Label, however, is very high on my list.

    Thanks for the review – sure sounds a lot better than the ones I’ve had!

    • zanlamb

      Have you given them ago since the first one? has leaving them improved the draw and falvour?

      • JJO

        I think the first batch I got was an aberration. They progressively got better as they sat, to the point where I have no problem buying them again, and I have. No problems with subsequent purchases of robustos and toros. A very enjoyable smoke, IMO. I have a hard time finding fault with any of the former EO lines.

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  • bbarber

    The only 601 I haven’t tried…must do so soon.

  • Corey

    I have half a box of the original label robustos from when they first hit the market, they are amazing…… Are they the same blend and made by pepin?

    • JJO

      Corey, I don’t know if this will help you, but I read that when Rocky bought into EO, they tweaked the blend for the Red to make it a little fuller bodied. I have no idea what’s transpired since they bought him out and dissoloved EO, but I’ll be damned if I can tell the difference; but that may just be me, or the fact that I only had the old ones in the Rabito size. I have also read that some of the 601’s are currently being made by Pepin and some at Espinosa’s La Zona factory, but the blends are the same no matter the factory.

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