As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. In keeping with tradition, each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation group list would look like.
Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year. Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:
Like last year, the fact that the 5 reviewers live in different parts of the country and Canada (and, thus, have access to different cigars) and have vastly diverse palates, produced some interesting results.
The #1 cigar on our consensus list showed up on 4 of the 5 total lists, the most any cigar appeared meaning no cigar was a unanimous "Top" cigar for all our reviewers. Its worth noting here that my list is not included in the Cigar Federation list as a means of remaining impartial in producing this content - I will share it after completion of the site's list.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. We're also trying to get the FedHeads involved. How does your list match up? Join the discussion and get involved here.
Without further adieu, I unveil #8 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #7.
#8 1502 Emerald Lancero
The #8 spot on our list is a bit unique in that it is a line extension, not necessarily a new cigar (but it still qualifies!). Enrique Sanchez, CEO of 1502 Cigars, firmly established himself in 2013 by leveraging a distribution agreement with Gary Griffith's House of Emilio to promote his 3 core lines - Emerald, Ruby and Black Gold. Initially, the 1502 Emerald was only available in a 6x50 box-pressed toro and a 6 1/2x52 box-pressed torpedo. In late 2013/early 2014, however, Sanchez announced he was bringing a lancero and a corona vitola to all three of his blends.
In April, Global Premium Cigars, the parent company of 1502 Cigars, announced the release of the 1502 Emerald Lancero. At 7x40, the Lancero features the same blend as the original 1502 Emerald vitolas, and is finished with the signature "Cigar Lock", a partially covered foot. The 1502 Emerald Lancero is available in 25-count boxes, box-pressed.
"The cold draw of this 1502 is full of natural tobacco notes, with just the slightest bit of spice, and a perfect draw."
"As the Emerald Lancero transitioned into the second third, I began to get some citrus notes. The mild cedar spice was still dominant though, and the citrus just played along."
"I start to pick up a chocolate and coffee flavor, that combine into an almost coffee/chocolate fudge."
"I think the lancero vitola REALLY wakes up the flavors in the Emerald."