1502 is a cigar brand under the umbrella of Nicaraguan based company Global Premium Cigars(GPC). Â 1502 and GPC is owned by Enrique Sanchez who is proud of his Nicaraguan heritage, hence 1502, the year Columbus discovered Nicaragua. Â 1502 currently has 4 lines, the Emerald, Ruby, Black Gold, and 1502 Nicaragua. Â These cigars get their names from the finest of goods that were traded and considered items of high value, and still are today. Each line is distinctly different and brings a uniquely enjoyable experience. Â 1502 also has two brick and mortar shops that are designated as 1502 lounges, Red Arrow in Kalamazoo, Michigan and D&S in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Â These lounges are the only retailers where the Perfecto vitola can be purchased. Â I have shopped at Red Arrow and can tell you that the 1502 selection is altogether amazing. Â The 1502 brand is currently distributed by House of Emilio, boutique brand giant. Â Today I am taking a look at the 1502 Emerald in the Toro size.
Vitolas: The Emerald is available in the following vitolas, a 6×50 Toro, a 6 1/2×52 Torpedo, a 6 1/8×52 Perfecto(1502 lounges only), a 6×56 Conquistador, a 7×40 Lancero, and a 5 1/8×42 Corona.
Blend: The exact blend of the Emerald is no released, only that the cigar features a Nicaraguan Corojo Habano and San Andres filler from Mexico. Â According to 1502â€™s website there is tobacco from both Condega and Estili in Nicaragua. Â
Appearance: Â The Emerald from 1502 has a rich hued wrapper with reddish brown coloring. Â The cigar is box pressed but not too sharply. Â The cap is almost flat and well constructed. Â The foot of the cigar is almost closed as there is some overlap of the wrapper, meaning that the first few puffs will give a nice feel for the flavor of the wrapper. Â The band for the Emerald is as expected, green. Â The band is accented in gold with 1502 at the top and Emerald at the bottom, the 1502 logo is centered in the band.
Pre-Light: On the pre-light of the 1502 Emerald I notice a lovely note of rich tobacco from the wrapper. Â As I move to the foot of the cigar the cedar notes are heavy and sweet. Â The cold draw is cedar rich and very easy.
1st Third: Â The Emerald opens up with a very mild spice but that quickly fades into a caramel sweetness. Â The spice lingers a bit on the lips, but not in a bad way. Â As I move into the first third some more I find the cigar quickly begins a transition and starts to have coffee flavors on the profile. Â I first notice the coffee through the retrohale.
2nd Third: Â The second third of the Emerald continues with more coffee notes although there is more spice present. Â The spice is a black pepper that hits the back of the palate. Â Through the progression of the second third the cigar becomes a bit more earthy and the sweetness is almost bittersweet.
Last Third: As I creep into the final third of the Emerald Toro I notice the cigar developing some creamy notes and the coffee is starting to dissipate. Â Â The cigar picks up in strength but never crests that full mark. Â As the cigar finishes there are notes of nuts that mix well with the creamy and spicy notes.
Construction: The Emerald seemed to be very well constructed, as I find most cigars coming from the Placencia factory to be. Â There were no issues while smoking, the draw was perfect, and the ash held in about one inch segments and fell naturally.
Burn: Â At first the burn on the Emerald was a bit wavey but was nothing that ever needed to be touched up. Â By the middle of the first third the burn was spot on and going well. Â The cigar never burned hot, and never became bitter as I reached the end.
Final Assessment: Â After finishing up the Emerald I really wished I had the time to smoke another one. Â This was a great cigar that was smooth enough to smoke all day and had good complexities that kept me on my toes. Â The strength was a solid medium although started at the lower end of the scale. Â This is a cigar that will please any smoker looking for a complex cigar that is full of flavor. Â I cannot wait until I smoke another one!