From Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega of EO, the creators of 601, brings us the Murcielago or “bat”. The Murcielago has a San Andres Morron wrapper, a Mexican Sumatra binder, and all Nicaraguan filler. This box pressed Toro weighs in at roughly 6.1 inches by 50 ring gauge.

The wrapper tastes of manure, and chocolate. With a 9mm punch, the draw is smooth and effortless; the pre toast taste has hints of cedar and cream. the toasted foot smells of toast, cashews, cocoa. The initial lit draw is laden with spice, cedar, mocha, pepper, and earth. Overall so far a very pleasant full body and medium end spectrum of full strength. It puts out an ample amount of white smoke, and has a mottled salt and pepper ash, and slight canoe.

The Morron wrapper on the Murcielago lacks the grainy tooth that is present on the Montecristo Reserva Negra’s Morron wrapper; this particular wrapper is completely smooth.

From the fourth picture there are hints of espresso, more cashews, paprika, and 80% cacao. The smoke in the air smells of milk chocolate. An inch of ash solidly holding to the foot, no presence of any distinctive rings. I just tapped the cigar lightly to lose the ash, which upon hitting the ashtray sounds rather dense and moderately heavy in nature. Roughly four and half inches remaining, hints of cream and cedar take over with the occasional hint of cracked peppercorns.

The “Bat” so far is a medium end of full strength cigar with medium body notes; it also canoes every so often and then levels itself out. Approaching three inches, the cigar smokes rather quickly even with a slow draw.

Around the three inch mark the stronger flavors abate to milder hints of pepper, wood, wheat, and mixed nuts. So far I’m quite impressed with the Murcielago as it ranges from full to medium in both body and strength. While not as potent and flavorful as the 601 Oscuro, it is still quite an impressive creation from Espinosa and Ortega; on a side note they joined with Rocky Patel for enhanced distribution range, while Jose and Jaime Garcia coupled up with Nestor Miranda’s Miami Cigar Group. Now back to the “Bat”.

Roughly two and a half inches left, and I’ve hit the sweet spot, combining the whole medley of flavors and hints, and increasing in strength, with paprika, cacao, mocha, cedar, spice, pepper, wheat, and cashews; all coming together to form a well polished vitola. I could easily see myself getting a box of these, perhaps in a Churchill size, simply due to the longer nature of the Churchill and the fast burn rate of this finger licking great cigar.

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