The 1502 Series is a part of Global Premium Cigars, and is their first set of line. There is the Emerald, Ruby and Black Gold. All three lines are different blends in the filler, and use different primings for the wrappers in each line. The series comes in a variety of box pressed vitolas, and they have a semi closed foot to each cigar. For this review I chose the Ruby offering, and smoked the robusto offering which was 5" with a 50 ring gauge. The cigar is composed of Nicaraguan fillers and binder, and utilizes an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. There is an emphasis on the use of Jalapa tobacco in this cigar, and I am a huge fan of that region. The cigar is smooth and silky in hand, and there is a nice bit of oils present on the wrapper. It is showcasing some few veins and is nicely box pressed. The cigar has a lovely dark Colorado wrapper, and it is near Colorado Maduro in coloring. There is a lovely aroma to the cigar, and it is rich, cocoa, earthy, spices and nuts.
|Nice press and wrapper|
When I get into the second third of the cigar I find the flavor profile to be fairly similar to the first, but there are some nice additions with that. The light spices and pepper notes are definitely noticeable throughout the cigar, and I would say it has that Nicaraguan spice flavor to it. There are a nice bit of nutty flavors present in the cigar, and with that there is an emergence of coffee notes. There are still those wonderful cocoa notes with herbs and hay notes. The flavor profile is really that of Nicaraguan tobacco, and there is a nice uniqueness added to the cigar with the Ecuadorian wrapper. The construction in the second third of the cigar was still top notch with the first third, and there is that lovely burn line with the cigar that has a solid charcoal colored ash. It smokes cool all the way through, and the balance of strength and flavors is very enjoyable.
For reading what the price is on this cigar I can safely say that it is an incredible value. I don't judge the cigar based on the price, but I am telling you that this is a deal for what you are getting. There is a nice complexity to the cigar, great construction and more importantly a very enjoyable cigar to have. I have yet to try the other offerings in the 1502 brand, but in the meantime I would definitely recommend this cigar to those who asked about it. The company is having their cigars distributed by Emilio Cigars, along with other companies, and it is as if they are distributing some incredible boutique smokes. I believe that this company will grow in popularity as those experience the cigar, and at this price I see that happening rather quickly. I give this cigar a solid 90, and look forward to smoking the Emerald as well.
|1502 Ruby Robusto|
* Cigar for this assessment provided to me by Global Premium Cigars for review.