601 Green Label

I don’t consider myself a Don Pepin Garcia fan boy, but you’d probably think different after reading some reviews on this site. After enjoying the 601 Red Label recently, I had to try some of the other Pepin blended 601 cigars. The green label seemed to be the next logical choice. I wonder if this will live up to my expectations. Let’s see what happened when I grabbed my usual glass of water and sat down with the 601 Green Label.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Tronco 5×52

Price: 5 – $6.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

Inspecting the wrapper, I found it visually appealing. The dark wrapper had a few veins and I could see glimmering specks of oil. This thing was well on it’s way to having plume. Squeezing the cigar, I found a couple tight spots, but otherwise was consistently packed with tobacco. Sniffing the wrapper revealed a grassy, earthy, sweet natural tobacco scent. The foot had minimal smell, with slight sweet earthy notes. Clipping the cap, I found the draw was a bit too snug, but I could live with it. The pre-light draw had a rich earthy taste with hints of pepper.

The ash was solid, taking effort to knock off after letting it get to a couple inches in length. The burn required no corrections, and the tight draw loosened up a bit to a more acceptable level.



The first third… Right after I lit up, I was hit with pepper. Note I wasn’t “Blasted” with pepper. It was rather smooth and easy to smoke. Shortly afterwards, dry mocha notes came into the flavor profile. To rap things up, a sweet cinnamon-ish spice rounded everything out.


The second third went well. That familiar pepper combined with that spicy sweet cinnamon and had a bit of a bite. Don’t get me wrong, there was no harshness, but this definitely isn’t a beginner cigar. The mocha remained fairly strong as well, while hints of nuttiness lingered. Full bodied and nice…


The last third did a similar thing that the red label did. Instead of intensifying, the strength actually calmed down a bit. All the while, the body picked up the pace a little if that makes sense. I guess what I mean is the nicotine punch calmed a little, while the flavors stood out more. About the flavors… Dry mocha remained with a sweet spice and pepper. The pepper helped retain a little punch but not over the top. Nutty flavors increased as well and rounded out the flavor profile.



This was a good cigar that went into the full bodied range. I wouldn’t give this to a beginner or occasional smoker though. But for those who enjoy medium and full bodied cigars, I’d recommend this without hesitation. Pepin – You’ve done it again!

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6 Responses to “601 Green Label”

CWS July 29th, 2009 at 7:15 am

This is a great cigar – definitely enjoy it after a huge meal. Can certainly knock you on your ass, but still a great cigar.

tcr July 29th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I agree with you, Tom. These are wonderful cigars that go unnoticed on most shelves.

CWS July 30th, 2009 at 9:11 am

They age very well too – will lose some of the punch, but the taste stays true over time.

OlivaSerieV July 31st, 2009 at 7:25 am

The 601 Green Oscuro Corona (5.0″ x 42) has been in my rotation for about a year now. I highly recommend this size as I find it has the most flavors of all the vitolas.

Great review, I always tell people if you don’t like a good Pepin maybe you don’t like good cigars?

Eddie Ortega May 19th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Great review, glad you enjoyed the Green. I’m with some of the guys, love the green after a nice meal otherwise, It’s the blue for me…:-))


Ken Christensen June 17th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

A fantastic smoke, not as buzzy as the Blue but alot of flavor and punch. great from start to finish, even burn never needs any touch up. a real go to smoke for anyone. step up you cant go wrong with this one.

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