The 1502 Emerald Lancero is a very elegant looking cigar. The green and gold band sits nicely on the silky smooth, light brown wrapper. The soft box press, perfect construction and cigar lock all make the appearance of a great cigar. I’m sorry, it’s not a cigar. It’s a 1502!
Emerald by 1502 Cigars
Size: 7 x 38
Filler: Mexico & Nicaragua
Cigars Smoked for this Review: One
Price Point: $8.00
Cigar Purchased: Purchased
Quick Note: For this review I used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.
The cold draw of this 1502 is full of natural tobacco notes, with just the slightest bit of spice, and a perfect draw. The first third confirms the cold draw, consisting mainly of a natural tobacco flavor, with a very slight nutty/woody spice. Towards the end of the first third, the dry cedar spice really picks up, and the Emerald has become much more flavorful. It’s a very nice smoke, with a dry, woody finish. I have to comment on the ash, which was an absolutely perfect light grey, with tight charcoal bands.
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. This is how the majority of this third goes, until close to the end, when the citrus starts to fade and we go back to the cedar notes. The retrohale has definitely picked up though, and there is a powerful kick.
Just before entering into the final third, the Emerald Lancero makes a nice addition to the flavors. I start to pick up a chocolate and coffee flavor, that combine into an almost coffee/chocolate fudge. It’s not a creamy, thick rich flavor, so much as it stays in line with current flavors and goes along for the ride.
I think the lancero vitola REALLY wakes up the flavors in the Emerald, as the robusto I had before just didn’t do it for me. This is another winner from 1502, though the Ruby is still higher for me. Lancero lover or not, this is a cigar you should try, so you can experience the flavor profile variance. This is right around a 5pk or box split for me, but I think I would simply buy these by the 5pk.
Rating: 89 AKA “5-pack”