Thursday, January 9, 2014

1502 Ruby Corona Box Pressed

The 1502 Ruby Corona is a pre-release sample sent to me by Global Premium Cigars. I am excited to try this new vitola since the Ruby robusto was my 2013 cigar of the year.

Quick Details
  • Cigar Size:  Corona - Box Pressed
  • Origin:  Nicaragua
  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Maduro
  • Binder:  Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Price: Est. under $6.50 - Samples provided by House of Emilio and Global Premium Cigars
1502 Ruby Box pressed Corona Cigar

Visually inspecting the cigar I found the construction to be top notch. The Ecuadorian maduro wrapper was rolled on tightly and contained only a few small veins. Feeling down the body, it was firm with no hard or soft patches. Testing the cold aromas from the body and foot I found notes of chocolate and spicy cedar. Once the end was clipped the very free cold draw yielded just about the same flavor notes. I don't smoke many coronas so I was a bit surprised at how easy this cigar toasted and started burning.

Once it was lit the first mouthful of smoke had notes of spicy cedar, light black pepper and a hint of citrus. Around the one inch mark the pepper faded and the more familiar notes of coffee and chocolate dominated the mix. When the burn passed the 1/3 mark the flaky dark gray ash gave up and fell to the ground. At the mid point the flavor mix changed to a mix of earth and mild red pepper lasting about an inch until the chocolate came back mixed with some sweet molasses that lasted to the nub.

Overall the 1502 Ruby Corona was another great stick with solid construction, that smoked well and had good flavors. Like it's bigger brother, it held it's box pressed shape down to the nub. I still favor the robusto in this blend over the corona, but if you favor coronas this will be a great stick for you!

I would like to thank Global Premium Cigars for giving me the opportunity to smoke and review this cigar!

Appearance and construction: 19
Flavor: 18
Smoking characteristics: 19
Overall experience: 19
Purchased Price: 18
Total: 93

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