Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan (Double Binder)
Size: 6 x 50 “Box Pressed Toro”
Well, here I am at my last of the three 1502 blends, Black Gold. Considered the strongest in body of the three. I had my Cheerios so I’m all set.
I would like to add that it has been a real pleasure doing something unusual; reviewing three cigars of the same line in three consecutive days. And so far, have been completely taken aback by the quality of these veritable unknown cigars. Which will change in 2013.
Thank you Enrique Sanchez for this opportunity. You’re a good dude, my man. And I wish you all the success in the world with your venture. With products like these, you deserve success.
OK, enough brown nosing. On with the review.
All of the 1502 received high ratings from Cigar Journal. Black Gold being the highest at 93. That’s pretty impressive, but will it live up to this standard once I get through with it?
The web site: http://globalpremiumcigars.com/about.html has all the info in the world for you to familiarize yourself with this product. And it says that these are “strong” cigars. So I placed the aluminum foil completely around my head for safety. And found my old hard hat in the basement.
The name of the line comes from the year that this Italian guy named Columbus found Nicaragua. He lit up some stogies for a few weeks and his crew had to tie him up and drag him back to the ship. He was in love with Nicaragua.
And now to the construction…like the others, it is a beautifully box pressed stick. Almost perfect in shape. There are no seams and only the slightest of veins. The dark wrapper has a bit of an oily sheen with a bit of tooth. The triple cap is flawless. And it too, has the partially closed foot that Enrique calls a “cigar lock.”
I do the sniff-around and detect loads of cocoa, sweetness, deep earthiness, and eye watering spiciness. Really. There is also some cinnamon and nutmeg.
I clip and light it up.
It’s delicious from the first puffs. The cocoa is clearly abundant. The draw is perfect. Smoke spews from the foot. There is a slight citrusy component. And a bit of pepper. There is sweetness that I cannot identify this early. I’ll get it.
The body is medium.
I’m writing this review with my right foot in a cast. I fell down the stairs carrying a laundry basket and broke all the metatarsals and my big toe and the three next to it. Hurts like crazy. It’s been 10 days now and it still thumps and pounds. I’m thinking of getting one of those medallions you hang around your neck so when you are alone at home and something happens, you can push the button and say, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!!” I would push the button every day just so I could meet new people.
I’m enjoying the dark chocolate. My favorite. The darker, the better. The spiciness begins to ramp up now just before the 1” mark. The char line is close to perfect.
The Black Gold doesn’t have the explosive amount of flavors that the Ruby does. It is more subtle. More refined. But then it would make no sense to have three different blends in a line and they are all the same, now would it?
A rich earthiness appears. This cigar is the earthiest of the three. It has such deep character that it tastes more Cuban than a Nicaraguan puro. A friend came by and brought some real bona fide Cubans for me. Last night, we had a Partagas and this Black Gold has some of the same characteristics. The flavors are muted and the earthiness is ever present. This stick is totally different from the Ruby and the Emerald.
I like that I was surprised. I was expecting another flavor bomb from the first puff; instead, I got a huge dose of elegance and balance. That’s it….I’m in love with Enrique Sanchez. This guy knows how to blend cigars. I can’t even imagine what the follow up will be to this line. Enrique is going to be one of those new breed blenders that comes up with one spectacular blend after another.
The first third ends. As the second begins, the flavors of cocoa, sweetness, earthiness and richness ramp up in boldness. I get a surprise with a bit of anise. And some dark espresso. It seems the first third was a prerequisite for the flavor bomb that begins in the second third.
The spiciness still tickles the tip of my tongue. And then I am awash with creaminess. “Fait accompli.”
The complexity kicks in at the halfway point. The cigar becomes a flavor and strength unit and is well balanced with a very long finish.
I found two online stores that carry 1502 cigars:
You can buy 5 packs but I suggest you nab the sampler of either the toros or the torpedoes: http://www.cigarboxpa.com/1502-cigars-by-emilio/1502-torpedo-sampler-emeral-ruby-black-and-gold.
I can now detect some fruitiness. With the Ruby, it was Morello cherry. Today, methinks it is the Rainier cherry. That yellowish cherry that no one can afford. I just got some the other day at the upscale grocery nearby, paid a fortune for half a pound, and sat in my man cave and devoured them between cigars. I picked that specific type because it is richer than the regular Lapin cherry that everyone buys.
The last third is all about sophistication. This is the daddy cigar to the other two. It is more grown up in that one needs to be a very experienced smoker to appreciate the nuance and essence of this blend. It is described as the fullest body of the three, yet in the last third, it remains a classic medium. I’m sure that as it burns down, the strength will increase but I like my cigars this way. I can’t stand a cigar that starts off by lighting your hair on fire and then you must endure a heavy nicotine blast for two hours. This cigar quietly, and subtlety, builds and accommodates you.
The flavors have gone crazy in this last part of the stick. Everything is at full speed ahead. And I recognize that the strength is increasing as my head begins to feel it.
The cigar finishes out as a flavor bomb. I believe the intent of the blender was to allow you to enjoy, and recognize, the sophistication of the earthiness and rich character in the first two thirds and then slam you with flavor on the last third. Really smart.
I have been delightfully surprised by the 1502 line of cigars. The price points of $6-$7 a stick is wholly doable. And now I’m hooked. I bought the toro sampler yesterday after finishing my Ruby review. My only advice is that if you purchase them; let them rest at least a couple weeks before smoking one.
Long ashes, my friends.
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