Cigar Aficionado

The Return of The Warhead

A shorter but fatter version of the 601 La Bomba Warhead is poised to drop on retailers this summer.

The 601 La Bomba Warhead II measures 5 1/2 inches long by 56 ring gauge, and the somewhat pressed cigar has the trademark ultra-long 601 fuse-like pigtail. As with all 601 cigars, it’s meant to be strong, and it’s rolled at La Zona Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua. 

As with last year’s Warhead (which measured 6 1/2 by 54) the cigar is made with Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler. While the cigar is expected to have similar strength and flavor to the original, the blend was tweaked a bit due to limits on the tobacco, and for the fatter ring gauge. “We had several ring gauges made during the blending process and it was an unanimous decision to go with this ring gauge,” Anthony Jimenez, creative director of Espinosa  Premium Cigars, told Cigar Aficionado. “It just tasted better than the rest. It’s weird because the Espinosa crew usually favors smaller ring gauges.”

Warhead II will be limited to 2,000 boxes, each containing 10 cigars, and each smoke will retail for $10.95.

Warheads have eye-catching packaging themed around the Second World War. Each cigar has a creative and vibrant foot band resembling a bomb. The band is detailed with rivets, a "Kilroy was here" sketch, and a shark-toothed face on the head of the bomb evoking the American Flying Tigers of World War II.

Erik Espinosa, owner of Espinosa Premium Cigars and La Zona Cigars, said he intends to release a Warhead every year, with each edition having a unique twist. In addition to being fatter and shorter, this year’s Warhead band has a camouflage background, compared to the all-silver band from 2013.