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601 La Bomba Nuclear Cigar Review

by Bryan Glynn, April 4, 2013
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601 La Bomba Nuclear Cigar Review

This 6×50 stick features a dark brow, firmly packed slightly toothy wrapper with a dry texture, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a long pigtail ‘fuse’ and rich sweet hay aroma. First light reveals a great draw with plentiful rich smoke production showing medium-full bodied flavors of a sweet oily earth followed by a big pepper and spice blast through the long finish. The first third develops much the same, just adding a bit of creamy milk chocolate on the draw, mellowing to a solid medium body, followed by a long slightly less peppery finish. Hitting the 1/2 way point at 40 minutes, construction is great holding the ash in 1/3 chunks with voluminous smoke output. Flavors are largely unchanged with just the chocolate lingering a bit more in the finish. Starting the final third flavors remain the same but strength starts to ramp up, almost even with the body giving me a little bit of a rush. Ending at 1:10 the last third drops the cream and chocolate just going to a peppery earth while ramping up the strength giving me quite a head rush! Thank you very much to EspinosaCigars.com for providing this sample for review!


  • cheitz35

    I love the sounds of the flavor profile, however, not a big fan of the strength kick. I am semi new to smoking so if someone could point me in directions of cigars with the same flavor profile, but less strength I would be very grateful!

    • E

      I know a lot of folks that are intimidated by this cigar, but I don’t find it as overwhelming as most do personally. I actually strongly agree with Bryan’s description of this stick in this video, but I wouldn’t let the kick stop you from trying it. If you get any sort of buzz off this stick it usually doesn’t show up until you’re about done anyway.

    • david121

      check out the oliva serie v in lancero!

      • cheitz35

        Thanks to both of you, I will definitely try the oliva and I will just have try this stick and see how it goes.

  • SsgtJerikUSMC

    It seems like they’ll think of anything to be original/different in the Cigar business. The pig tail seems kind of gimmicky but I guess you kind of run out of options on looks in an industry that’s been around for so long. How typical is the pig tail? I don’t think I’ve seen it before. Sounds like a great smoke though!

    • Rob

      Its not really uncommon but not used by all manufacturers.

      • neocigaro

        It is the first time I see one on this video so Im guessing not that common lol

        • Rob

          I can think of at least three in my humidor that have pigtails. Type “pigtail” in the search above and see the reviews that have them. I know here are a few others out there. I don’t really have a preference for them one way or another. If the LP No 9 came with a pigtail cap I would still smoke and love them.

          • E

            The pigtail gimmick is everywhere, however I haven’t seen the loose pigtail/”fuse” gimmick that you see on the La Bomba on any other sticks I’ve tried. Something I’ve noticed with pigtails is that they seem to remain drier than the rest of the cap (for me anyway), but the tail on the La Bomba is consistently moist whenever I have one so (weirdcigarhabit) I actually twist these tails off and chew on it for a moment and it is pretty frickin’ spicy (/weirdcigarhabit).

            Also while we’re on LP, all the Pig’s do have tails if I remember correctly. I haven’t had any of the Pig’s in a long time.

          • JJO

            E – The Tatuaje M80, DPG Blue Label Firecracker, and Viaje TNT also have the long fuse pigtail (the first two made by DPG, who also makes the La Bomba).

        • swj045

          I seen smaller ones,and one that is wrapped around the end

          • yosef5

            I have just smoked one of these
            & I agree with your review

    • Derek

      This pigtail is obviously cosmetic but originally they were designed to twist off the cap if you didn’t have a cutter. It can easily cause an unraveling problem though.

      • SsgtJerikUSMC

        Cool! I never knew that. I have so much to learn but It’s like I learn something new every day about Cigars. Such a cool hobby.

        • neocigaro

          Ya I would think that there would be unraveling problems.

          • playersrun1

            i cant remember which one it was, but Bryan did comment about the unraveling problem on another pigtail he reviewed, and chose to cut it off to avoid that very problem.

          • swj045

            seems like a fast way to kill a cigar.

      • david121

        thanks for that little bit of trivia, i had no idea thats what the pigtails are for. I just thought they were a cool little cosmetic thing

    • Mobleyjared

      It’s not new buts it not old. It’s been around just not in large amounts.

  • eric.hanson

    I’ve always thought this one was more of just a marketing hype stick, but your review has made me wanna pick one up. BTW lizzards at 2:35

    • david121

      It’s pretty cool when you think a stick is just a “marketing hype stick” but it turns out its actually pretty decent! and yeah he has a lizard or two run on his fence in a bunch of videos lol

      • eric.hanson

        I know, I always like to look for lizards in his videos. And I agree usually I’m let down by marketing hype sticks and it’s great feeling when something acutally lives up to the hype.

  • stevenknisley

    I would love this cigar if it didn’t have the strength kick.

    • swj045

      to miss the kick I guess you could end it quicker.but that would waste some of the cigar

  • Rob

    This sounds like a great cigar for my taste. I’ve never considered this brand but I will check my B&M’s.

  • stevenknisley

    I like the pigtail on the Rocky Patel Thunder by Nimish robusto where it is just all wound up on the cap. I have a few of them in my humidor

  • dondoton

    Cool lizards in the background.

    • Kace

      I like the lizards too. Can’t tell if there is a family or the same one. Ive seen them several time.

  • dvillan87

    I’ve really been wanting to try this cigar. I heard great things about, and now really wanna try it since the taste you described in your review is right in my profile. I really enjoy peppery cigars, 1 of my go2 cigars is thr Man O War Puro Authentico. That stick is full flavor with spice and pepper. Really great taste. Thanx for the review

    • david121

      what’re some other of your go to cigars besides the puro authentico?

  • TimB

    Sounds like a typical Honduran spice bomb that’s why I prefer Dominicans cigars more.

  • smokethis

    I guess they call it the nuclear bomb for a reason..
    Nice review.

    • swj045

      that name was the first thing to catch my attention.but the review realy has it now

  • alwayscigartime

    I’ve been waiting for this review for a while and I very much remember the strength kicking in the first time i had this cigar, sat me right now. I’ve had it a few times since and it wasn’t as strong as my first experience. ^^Derek’s comment^^ about the pigtail is pretty interesting, i’ve never heard that

  • JJO

    I’ve enjoyed all the 601s that I’ve had (just about everything I’ve had in the Espinosa lineup, for that matter), and have a couple of these on the way, so I’m looking forward to giving them a shot. Thanks for another great review.

  • neocigaro

    Haha they should rename it from el atomic bomb to el tampon haha

    • garlar10

      Haha, not sure thats what they were going for but it does resemble a tampon. Although this one looks pretty strong. Thanks for taking one for the team Bryan. I try to stay away from the power house sticks

  • mrl4889

    Didn’t know if you would be tackling this one or not due to its hype as a powerhouse. Glad you made it through the end upright! Stick sounds great though, profile seems similar to the 601 Blue Line just with a strength kick. Got a few resting in a humi that I can’t wait to light up, I’ll be sure to post my thoughts afterward!


    Looks pretty good, I might have to pick a few up. At least it’s not a 70 RG, lol.

  • Walshy

    Great review Bryan. When I first saw what you were reviewing today i was sure it was going to knock you on your butt. Cause it did it to me. I cant smoke these sticks. I’m glad you didn’t get sick but I was thinking you were going to. Great review brother.

  • antomos

    Great review Bryan. I had one of these sticks thinking it was just about the strength, but it was very flavorful

  • pipebear333

    The great thing about your reviews Bryan is that they not only let me know about cigars I might wanna try…but ones to avoid as well. I think this sounds like one I’ll pass on.

  • yosef5

    Another good review

  • gtclark

    I’m even more of a lightweight than Bryan, so I think I’ll pass on this one….too much vitamin N for my taste

    • vscarpine

      Im the same way cant handle cigars with a bunch of strength…bad headaches follow

      • Rob

        Have you tried the spoonful of sugar after smoking? It truly helps me.

        • vscarpine

          No I have never even heard of that…but its def worth a try..thanks

        • gtclark

          I’ve heard sugar helps, but I’ve never tried it…I’ll give it a try next time I get clobbered. Even so, I prefer not to smoke anything full-strength.

          • vscarpine

            After reading these comments I will give it a try but if possible I will still avoid anything full strength. But this is good to know in case I get the head rush

          • gumby_130

            Didn’t know this, so, I can’t eat more sweets if I smoke more. I’m on a new diet.

        • david121

          what does a spoonful of sugar do?

          • gtclark

            Supposed to counter-act the effect of nicotine, though I’m not sure how or why it works…

          • Because nicotine drops blood sugar levels leading to the ill feelings.

          • JJO

            What Bryan say is true and puts it in a nutshell, but what is interesting is that the nicotine influx actually causes a HIGHER initial blood level along with an adrenaline onrush that causes a flow of events that ultimately results in a lowered blood sugar count. Too much info to go into detail, but if you do a search, you can find it.

            Long story short, sugar in just about any form works, but a direct spoonful is much more concentrated, so it works more efficiently.

          • zanlamb

            IS there any way to stop the feeling before it happens? It looks like takinf sugar before would make it even worse?

          • Lalla

            I tend to have candied ginger in the kitchen – for cooking, but also for snacking on. When I’ve felt woozy after a cigar, it’s helped a lot – it gets the cigar taste out of my mouth (once I feel sick, I don’t want to taste cigar) gives me the sugar to settle the shaky feeling and ginger can ease nausea.

            Though candy or straight sugar will do.

            As for preventing it beforehand – just pay attention as your smoking. When you start to get lightheaded, stop.

            Not a perfect solution, ’cause sometimes the nicotine still enters your bloodstream for a while after – but the best I know. I had a tendency to think “oh, I’m a little light-headed, but I still have a lot of cigar left – I’ll just smoke a little more…” Not a good idea.

        • swj045

          Ive heard that from a couple of people,have to give it a try

          • neocigaro

            I didn’t know that… interesting I thought that it was because the cigar was to strong but it was the nicotine.

  • Kalven

    The amount of wrapper burned while you toasted that cigar kind of shows the advantage of a torch lighter in the wind, no?

    • CigarStrawn

      Where I live its usually windy so all I use are torch lighters. I think if your not careful though it’s easier to char a cigar with a torch than with a natural flame lighter. Makes sense, right?

      • lostonmonday

        I live in a windy location too, and seem to char cigars more when its windy just trying to find the sweet spot when toasting. Now I light in the garage, and run outside as soon as its lit. Usually I can get it done without my wife smelling “those stinky cigars” in the house. BTW box pressed sticks are great for wind or working on cars because they won’t go rolling all around.

        • lostonmonday

          Wow, I got way off track. Too much cold medicine maybe. All I meant to say was I tend to char cigars in the wind with a torch lighter, so I hide from the wind and use matches or torch lighter.

          • vscarpine

            I had a Xikar Crossover torch and the problem I have is in the wind you can barely see the flame so I tend to char the end of mine too

          • lostonmonday

            The owner of Deadwood Tobacco showed me a trick to see if the flames are getting too close. Watch the end of the foot darken. If you see lots of little cherries, and the tobacco turning dark then black fast, pull back the lighter. You want to see the color deepen, then ignite. Once it’s nice and warm on the foot, then puff on the cigar and hit it with the lighter. It should fire right up.

          • swj045

            a man told me to never use a match because of the suffer on the tip.and I have but couldnt tell any differance

          • JJO

            swj045 – If you really want to use a match, just wait a few seconds for the sulfur to burn off. After that, all is well, short of burning the crap out of your fingers. I’ll just stick with a torch.

      • JJO

        I think it all depends on your technique. Whatever source you use, you really want to keep the cigar at a distance that won’t cause charring. Unfortunately, so many of us (yes, I include myself here) tend to be impatient about it and move that flame in too close. The good thing is that the negative effects go away after a bit.

  • Dale

    Sounds like to much strength for me…not sure I want to smoke a ‘Nuclear’ cigar 🙂

  • vscarpine

    The flavors in this cigar sound great but the strength might be a problem for me, dont enjoy the head rush/headaches I get from that

  • Griff

    I have really enjoyed all of Eric’s cigars that I have tried. The E doble that he made for Smoke Inn is a great cheap stick.

    • david121

      I would love to try all the blends that were made for Smoke Inn, but its so hard to go back to paying retail or close for cigars now :/ lol

  • puffrey

    Great review Bryan, just had the cigar last week and wow the strength was there for sure!

    I do enjoy a fuller strength stick and this woudl pushed me to my limit. The draw and burn on mine was excellent!

  • I firicking love these ALMOST as much as the 601 Blue……I didn’t find it as strong as advertised, strongest stick for me is still the LFD Digger almost made me write off LFD forever until I discovered the Airbender (YUMMY!) and the new Mystery

    • JJO

      Just had one recently, and I’m with you, irratebass. I went into it expecting a one-note pepper bomb, and was amazed by the complexity of flavors. It certainly wasn’t as strong as others that I’ve had.

  • pato1001

    I’ve been wanting to try one of these! Thanks for the review! I have to say you are always spot on when it comes to cigar reviews! Thanks again and keep up the good work!!!

  • cigarhobby85

    I had seen these before but never taken them seriously. It sounds good, I might have to give it a shot.

  • yosef5

    Your reviews are great.But could you include a point system?

  • KrazyKajun

    Great review, as always! I have the “Napalm” sitting in my humidor, and from your flavor profile, looks like I’ll have to light it up soon. I’m not a big fan of the nicotine buzz, but lighting up in the evening with a glass of bourbon seems to help with that…

  • lostonmonday

    I just might like this one. Hay Bryan, or anyone else on here, do you remember the El Diablo cigar? I think it was habanero infused. Occasionally I like peppery cigars, and would love to find something like that again.

    • vscarpine

      If you like peppery or spicy cigars I would recommend the original Man O’ War…has great body too

      • lostonmonday

        I just happen to have a few, but haven’t tried em’ yet. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • playersrun1

        didnt think the original was all that peppery or spicy, more toast, cocoa and slight coffee. have a few other non-original MoWs coming in sample pack i cant wait to try

  • Orrza

    Never saw this around, I must say I think the total idea/presentation of this cigar is great.

  • Andrew

    How hard is it to finds these in stores? Would it bet better just to order them online if I want to try them?

    • lostonmonday

      I haven’t seen them in the 3 nicer cigars stores in my area. Cigarbid has had them, and Cigarauctioneer has a box up right now.

  • Mr Rojas

    They shoulda called this cigar “dynamite stick” because that’s what it looks like, but that would probably be super cheesy.

  • lefty177

    I think the pigtail would look awesome if it was somehow on the foot & you had to light that first (like a wick)

    • lostonmonday

      Maybe roll some powdered titanium in the pigtail; it wouldn’t change the flavor, but would throw white sparks when lit. Now that’s how to make a novelty cigar!

      • NMartin

        And you do what exactly…? Lol. Someone needs to be hired in marketing and advertising AWESOME ideas.
        Another good review Bryan, sounds like another one I might like to try. Anyone know the price on this stick

        • lefty177

          CI has it for anywhere from $4.50-$5.50, depending on the size you want

          • Just seen this, thanks Lefty.

    • gtclark

      Or in this case, a fuse….

      • lefty177

        Yeah, idk why I said wick, it was the first thing that came to my head but I knew it was wrong

    • david121

      lol that sounds awesome. let us know if you ever come across one like that!

  • connorkern

    That much pigtail is just unnessesary in my opinion

    • vscarpine

      I agree I dont understand it at all…it ridiculously long too making it even worse

      • Orrza

        you’re missing the point guys, it’s made to look something like a dinamyte stick…

        sure, no real use for it, just as a fancy double band…

        • JJO

          Exactly, it’s a marketing visual. Nothing wrong with that, as long as it doesn’t affect the pricing, like some other companies do with fancy boxes and other gimmicks.

          • zanlamb

            I cant remember what brand it is but I have seen a cigar made to look like a dinamite stick but it has a small gauge cigar wrapped in another one. Has anyone tried this? Not sure about two wrappers in one cigar,

        • swj045

          and it does get you to look at.markenting

    • david121

      It’s just to make this cigar “stand out” from other ones. It’ll grab peoples’ attention and make them curious and want to try it

  • JHylk717

    Cool idea with the extra long pigtail cap to give it the “bomb”-like look and great review as usual Bryan! I definitely would want to try this stick if it weren’t for the strength, I can hardly handle the smallest amounts of nicotine unfortunately.

  • E

    Just posted about this brand last week. LOVE Espinosa. They’ve always been consistent, have great flavor, and you can find deals for them all the time.

    Espinosa Habano also comes recommended.

  • kurngar

    might have to pick this one up

  • Freddy62

    Odd… I’ve never seen one so long all I have seen are the very short pigtails. It definitely grabs the attention of anyone who just glances at it (great marketing)!

  • playersrun1

    aka tampon cigar

  • Chaz

    I’ve been saving one of these to try in the humi for a while now- trying to figure out when I want to kick my ass. Sounds pretty manageable despite the strength…

    • JJO

      C’mon, Chaz, we know you can take it. LOL

  • david121

    Really interesting pigtail, I’ve never seen one like that before. Good flavor profile but I lost interest when you mentioned the strength. I want to sit down and relax and smoke a cigar, not sit down and worry if I’ll be able to stand back up after it!

  • Bpope31

    Sounds like a great cigar. I think I wud love the favors. Pigtail is a little crazy but it goes great with the name. Good review as always.

  • gumby_130

    Great review, got one today in the mail from a forum friend. Will be about a month before ill get to it.

  • MorganGeo

    I hate those feelings of being sick from a full strength cigar. My question is why would anyone like to feel dizzy and sweaty from the kick?

  • CigarButcher

    Nothing wrong with a little rush now and then.

  • mrdaveii

    Once you have gotten sick from a cigar…. Sorta like liquor…you tend not to go back to that type again… No thanks for me, I’ll pass.

    This why I love this site…let Bryan go through all the “pain and suffering” for me. Thanks Bryan 🙂

    • Dirk

      A-Men brother.. thank goodness for Bryan. I once got sick on a Padilla Miami.. whew.. I still have four robustos in my humi.. nice and aged now…. hey… maybe Bryan needs to review them in Robusto.. I think his video was on the Toro……

      • swj045

        mikey will do it

  • Sirfubes

    I honestly thought these would be even stronger than you explained. From the marketing they really made it sound like it would knock u on your butt

  • Jason Isbaner

    Looks like a interesting flavor profile, I might have to pick up a couple

  • Great Review Bryan! Glad you enjoyed the Napalm!

    • oops I mean the Nuclear!

      • neocigaro

        Haha I see what you did there.

    • dgrambo

      Is this from Patel or My Father fac?

      • JJO

        Used to be made at the My Father factory, but it looks like it is now being made at Erik’s La Zona factory.

        • GJames Bellante

          It is from Erik Espinosa . One of his best

  • Freddy62

    It looks like the homemade sausage I make and hangsmoke lol

  • haneyte2000

    Been waiting for you to review this one. I love this stick and the strength it has

  • juf100

    I have an atomic I believe in my humi. Probably will be in there awhile, I like big flavor and low strength…Not big of strenght just for strength’s sake…

  • USA2ndAmendment

    I like the flavors mentioned, but no so big on the strength. I’d be willing to give it a try, but probably would end up with a buzz 🙂

  • dbfr181

    I’m a huge 601 fan! Love them all

  • ryanryan2120

    This doesn’t sound to appealing to me based off of the revue 0_o but everyone says there great?

    • JJO

      Only one way to find out for sure. 😉

  • derek_straus

    I wonder if it is possible to light it using the fuse….. too bad i would never waste a cigar to try.

  • curtpick

    Thanks again Bryan.
    Will have to give this one a try just for the cool construction.
    I will be sure to be on a full stomach and sitting down ! 🙂

  • mrl4889

    Went to light one of these bad boys up tonight and the freaking “fuse” was GLUED to the cigar! When I went to peel it off…..it pulled off a pretty large portion of the wrapper as well. Probably not a huge deal, but it pissed me off all the same. Put it back and let myself cool off with the lovely Genesis the Project instead, love that cigar!

  • wcfennell

    I’m glad I have you to try all of these sticks for me, cause I can never get myself to buy them when I’m in the store. I like trying new things but only when they’re from manufacturers I like.

  • VinnyLo

    Thanks Brian, very cool wrapping.

  • carvajal_pablo

    The pig tail goes with the name in spanish means the nuclear bomb . Cosmetic indeed

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