601 Black is back | Cigars aficionado


After an absence of nearly ten years from the market, the 601 Black by Espinosa Cigars will be back on sale this summer. Featured as a full bodied cigar wrapped in Connecticut, the 601 Black is launched as a one-size-fits-all Toro.

“We’ve noticed that over the last few years there’s been a trend toward stronger, fuller-bodied Connecticut-packaged cigars,” said brand owner Erik Espinosa. “We think this is the perfect time to relaunch this classic blend and introduce it to a new generation of smokers who have never had the chance to try it.”

Rolled at the La Zona plant in Espinosa, Nicaragua, the Toro 6 inch by 50 ring gauge is made with Ecuador Connecticut casing, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan coating. They come packaged in boxes of 10 units and are expected to retail for $ 10 per cigar.

The 601 Blacks were previewed last year at a virtual smoking event. According to Espinosa, the response from consumers was so strong that he decided to start producing it again. These cigars will be a limited annual release, although production numbers have yet to be decided.

The 601 series is quite extensive, with 10 varieties that include color coded lines such as 601 blue, red, green and white. While the blacks are made in Estelí in the La Zona factory, most of the other 601 cigars are produced in the AJ Fernandez de San Lotano factory located about 50 miles north in Ocotál.

The first orders for 601 Black will be taken at the upcoming PCA show, which will take place in Las Vegas from July 9-14. Cigars will be shipped during the show.

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