1502 Emerald Box-Pressed Robusto (5 x 50)
This morning's review is of the Emerald label from 1502 Cigars, which is produced under the umbrella of the Global Premium Cigar company. The vitola I'm smoking is for sample only, sadly, but the Toro and Torpedo sizes are available to the public. This sample, amongst a few others, was sent to me by the man himself, Enrique (C.E.O. of 1502 cigars). Thank you so much for your generosity and the opportunity to review these fine smokes!
The Emerald label from 1502 has achieved a rating of 92 by Cigar Journal in both the Torpedo and Toro sizes. Check out their site and brand owners Global Premium Cigars to find out more about these cigars, history of the company, and where you can find them at a retailer near you!
The information about this cigar according to the GPC website: "In its creation, “Fina Fuerte” (Fine Strong) was the main quality that most inspired us. Our master blender had created this cigar from a combination of carefully selected and aged tobacco leaves. It has a subtle strength, with flavor and aroma that could only be achieved with the blend of Corojo Habano de Nicaragua, long fillers from San Andres – Mexico and fields from Estelí and Condega in Nicaragua."
Now, on to the review...
The cigar itself is very oily and smooth. There are a few veins and of course, toothiness. The foot is partially covered by the wrapper (to protect the foot of the cigar and to introduce the smoker to the flavors of the wrapper off the bat). The box-press is very neat. Scents from the foot reveal earthy wood, cocoa, and a hint of spice. I clip the cap and take a few dry draws. There is a perfect amount of resistance. Hints of spice hit my tongue along with slight barnyard and earthy notes.
I toast the foot and puff. Instant black and red pepper followed by an earthy cocoa and woody undertones. Talk about first impressions...Damn. The spice lingers throughout the rich finish.
Spice tones down after introducing itself and makes way for the rich, earthy cocoa and wood notes to take the reigns. Smoke output is even on both sides. Not too much, not too little, but just right. The burn line is a little uneven, but I'll let it be for now.
Creamy textures join the cocoa and woodiness. The finish is rich in flavor and retro-haling is smokey and smooth. The ashe is pale gray, almost white, with a few flakes here and there. It is holding quite nicely.
I finally suck it up and touch up the burn line a little. No big deal.
The ash falls after almost 2 inches of endurance. Baking spices start to join the mix. I taste cinnamon and nutmeg floating on the back of my palate. A creamy milk chocolate grabs my taste buds and tangos with them. Spice sits in its little niche at the back of my palate and earthy wood notes meander about aimlessly-what a delicious combination.
A bit of nuttiness appears on the draw as the delicious aroma of this cigar continues to fill the room. Rich chocolate, earthy undertones, and a tad bit of spice are the primary flavors right now. I keep swirling all these flavors around in my mouth. It's just that good.
I receive a great amount of cedar and smokiness from the retro-hale as the finish becomes a bit dry. The ash continues to hold at about an inch. Coffee notes start to come thru.
Nicotine begins to creep in already in tiny doses. Earthiness begins to dominate as the chocolate flavors take a back seat.
Savory tobacco flavors begin their assault on my palate. Que rico!
All of the flavors of the cigar begin to swirl together. Have we achieved complexity? I think so. Every time I set this cigar down, I just want to pick it back up. My keyboard and my cigar are fighting for my attention. To be honest, I think the cigar is winning.
I remove the band and the ash falls shortly afterwards. Another inch gone! Creaminess and cedar appear to take dominance now as more nicotine flares up. What a wonderful feeling.
Spice picks up on the tongue as I enter the final third. Smoke output continues to increase as the spice and cocoa mingle once more.
As I get closer to the end of the cigar, spice and earthiness pick up as well as a bit more nicotine.
Sadly, I have to put this one down and get on with the day!
This cigar has been excellent in taste, construction, and aroma. I definitely recommend the Emerald line to seasoned smokers and anyone wanting to try something new and delicious! Test your palate and see what you like!
To find out more about 1502 Cigars and their happening, LIKE their Facebook page here, and Follow them on Twitter here.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to hear what you all think of this cigar!
Original Post and Additional Pictures: http://www.thecigarcollection.com/2013/12/review-1502-emerald-from-...