After a nearly decade-long absence from the market, the 601 Black from Espinosa Cigars will be back on sale this summer. Billed as a full-bodied, Connecticut-wrapped cigar, the 601 Black is being released as a single size Toro.
“We noticed, that in the last few years, there has been a trend towards stronger, fuller-bodied Connecticut wrapped cigars,” said brand owner Erik Espinosa. “We believe it is the perfect time to re-release this classic blend and introduce it to a new generation of smokers who never got a chance to try it.”
Rolled at Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Nicaragua, the 6 inch by 50 ring gauge Toro is made with an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler. They’re packaged in 10-count boxes and are slated to retail for $10 per cigar.
The 601 Blacks were previewed last year during a virtual smoking event. According to Espinosa, consumer response was so strong that he decided to start producing it again. These cigars will be a limited annual release, though 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 at the La Zona factory, most of the other 601 cigars are produced at A.J. Fernandez’s San Lotano factory located about 50 miles north in Ocotál.
First orders for 601 Black will be taken at the upcoming PCA trade show, which is happening in Las Vegas on July 9 to 14. The cigars will ship during the show.