Monday, November 25, 2013

1502 Emerald Toro Box Pressed

The 1502 Emerald Toro is my third and final review of the three cigars produced by Global Premium Cigars, which by the way, are now included in the House of Emilio line of brands. The 1502 Black Gold and 1502 Ruby were such a pleasure to smoke and review I am very excited to try the 1502 Emerald.
Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 5 x 60 Toro Box Pressed
  • Origin:  Nicaragua
  • Wrapper:  Corojo Habano
  • Filler: San Andres – Mexico and fields from EstelĂ­ and Condega in Nicaragua
  • Price: $7.60 - Sample provided by  Global Premium Cigars

Construction of the 1502 Emerald was nothing but top notch. The wrapper contained only a couple very fine veins and was rolled on tightly giving this Habano wrapped cigar a great overall appearance.  Testing the aromas from the body and foot I found a light scent of toast and there was a slight sweetness to the wrapper when testing the cold draw. I found the cold draw free and containing a nice tobacco taste. Checking the body, it was firm the entire length with not soft areas.

Once the cigar was toasted and burning the initial flavor notes were oak and toast with a underlying hint of fruit. I could type an entire paragraph describing each time the flavor shifted, but I won't. The flavor mix shifted with almost every draw the entire length of the cigar. These are the flavors I found; oak, toast, fruit, cedar, coffee, citrus, tobacco, brown sugar and blends of all at one time or another. As the cigar burned it produced an ample amount of toast and tobacco scented smoke.

The burn on this cigar was a touch wavy but never bad enough that corrective action was needed. The solid light gray ash turned a bit flakey around the 1/3 mark, but held on until the burn reached the 1/2 way point.  Into the final third the flavor mix was still shifting with nearly every draw and the strength had increased from mild-medium into the medium-full range.

Overall this 1502 Emerald was another fantastic cigar from the line up of Global Premium Cigars. The flavor mix I found with this cigar was one of the most complex I have found to date and it was a nice relaxing, great tasting cigar. If you get a chance to try this cigar or any 1502 don't pass it up!

All three of these cigars will make it into my top 10 for 2013 and perhaps even one of them will be my cigar of the year.

Appearance and construction: 19
Flavor: 19
Smoking characteristics: 19
Overall experience: 19
Purchased Price: 18
Total: 94

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