Tuesday, November 19, 2013

1502 Ruby Robusto Box Pressed

The 1502 Ruby Robusto is my second review of the three cigars produced by Global Premium Cigars, which is now included in the House of Emilio line of brands. The 1502 Black Gold was such a pleasure to smoke and review I am very excited to try the 1502 Ruby.

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 5x50 Robusto Box Pressed
  • Origin:  Nicaragua
  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Maduro
  • Binder:  Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Price: $6.50 - Samples provided by House of Emilio and Global Premium Cigars
1502 Ruby CigarIf you have read any of my previous reviews, you know that maduro wrapped cigars are at the top of my list and this 1502 Ruby has a great looking maduro colored wrapper. Boxed pressed cigars are not really my favorites, but this cigar was put together nicely. There were only fine veins in the wrapper, there were no hard or soft spots in the body and the wrapper was rolled on tight and neat. All of this adds up to one well made, good looking cigar.

Testing the cold aromas from the body and foot I found notes of chocolate and molasses. Once the end was punched the firm but free cold draw yielded the same flavor notes. Well it's time to put a match to the foot of this 1502 Ruby and try it out. If the flavor profile come anywhere close to matching the cold draw this cigar is going to be great.

After the end was toasted and the cigar was burning the first flavor notes to meet my palate were a medium bodied  mix of earth and white pepper, but those flavors only lasted for a minute. After the first two or three draws the pepper went away and was replaced with something like molasses, then sugar, toast, brown sugar and chocolate. Through the first third with each draw the 1502 Ruby presented a different flavor. To sum the flavor mix up it continued like this the entire length of the cigar until the nub where this mix changed to my favorite burnt mocha. The only other point of interest was the retro hale produced notes of oak.

As the cigar burnt it left behind a fairly firm looking gray striped ash that fell right at the end of the first third. The burn was a bit jagged but never deviated enough that it needed correction and by the final third it had straightened itself out. Just a side note, this cigar actually kept it's box pressed shape clear down to the nub.

I have to be honest here, the flavor profile you find may be considerably different than what I found doing this review. Why you ask? Well inadvertently I received samples of this cigar from House of Emilio and Global Premium cigars. This cigar has been aging (and quite well I might add), for well over a year in my humidor. Anyway, over all I was very impressed with this cigar! It had one of the most complex flavor profiles of any cigar I have smoked. I am sure the 1502 Ruby will end up in my top 5 cigars smoked this year list. If you get a chance to pick some of these up, do it. You won't be sorry.

Appearance and construction: 19
Flavor: 19.5
Smoking characteristics: 19
Overall experience: 19.5
Purchased Price: 18
Total: 95