Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1502 Nicaragua: Pre-release

Again I am fortunate enough to receive a pre-release sample of the 1502 Nicaragua, from Global Premium Cigars, distributed by House of Emilio. Unlike the other cigars offered by 1502 Cigars, this stick is a Nicaraguan Puro and contains tobaccos from the four principal tobacco regions in Nicaragua: Jalapa, Esteli, Condega and Ometepe Island. Viewing the information about this cigar on the Global Premium Cigars website there is not much information on the specific tobaccos or blends. However, according to Enrique Sanchez "It's the Puro that I created for my son, so that he never forgets his roots, 100% Nicaraguan". That's pretty neat in my opinion!
Being a curious type of guy, I asked Leonel Poveda, from Global Premium Cigars, if the 1502 Nicaragua will be released with the same white band as the sample and he replied, "The label will be the white label. This cigar is not a 'Gem' like the other three 1502, this one is the Nica roots, tobacco from the motherland for your daily enjoyment! So, if like Enrique, you may enjoy an Emerald for breakfast, a Ruby after lunch, and a Black Gold after a great and hearty dinner. I love my 'Gems' but enjoy a Nicaragua all day long, any day!".

The 1502 Nicaragua will be released as a 5 x 50 robusto in boxes of 30 with an MSRP of $5.75 per cigar. Well with all that behind us let's get on to the cigar itself...
Quick Details
  • Cigar Size: 6  x 50 Toro
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Cutting Method: Xikar guillotine
  • Paired with: Diet Pepsi
  • Price: Pre-release sample provided by Global Premium Cigars

1502 Nicaragua Cigar
At a glance, the construction of this cigar, like all 1502 cigars, is top notch. The natural wrapper was rolled on with near seamless perfection and wraps down over the foot allowing just a small peek of filler tobaccos inside. The wrapper itself contains only the finest of veins and is light brown, claro, in color. Through the nose I found notes of rich tobacco and sweet tea from the body and foot. Once the end was clipped the firm but free cold draw yielded flavors of sweet tea and spicy cedar.

Putting a match to the foot, the cigar was burning with ease. In the first third the most prevalent flavors were sweet tea, earth, cream, oak, spicy cedar, tree fruit and mild pepper. Right at the cigar's mid point there was an area with heavy floral notes. Into the final third the spice and sweet cream developed as the prominent  flavors but nearly every draw had hints of the other flavors found in the first third. This complex flavor mix created an enjoyable long satisfying finish.
As the cigar burned it left behind a clean burn line, with an oil ring in the wrapper and a soft light gray ash that fell right at the 1/3 mark.

Overall I think this is a fantastic medium body cigar. It had top notch construction, a great burn and a complex flavor mix that kept me guessing with each draw. I look forward to smoking many more of these in the future and I wish to thank Global Premium Cigars for giving me the opportunity to review this pre-release 1520 Nicaragua.

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

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