The 1502 Nicaragua is the latest release from Enrique Sanchez and Global Premium Cigars. It is also the first 1502 cigar to be named after something other than a precious stone. The Ruby, Emerald and Black Gold have been wildly popular in the online cigar community and the 1502 Nicaragua was a highly anticipated release heading into IPCPR 2014. The 1502 Nicaragua features tobaccos from Esteli, Jalapa, Condega, and Ometepe.
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Size: 5 x 50
Vitola: Robusto (soft box press)
Samples for review provided by Global Premium Cigars
Quick Note: For this review I used CigarFederation's rating system.
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Pre-Light: The wrapper on the 1502 Nicaragua had a golden brown color and a velvety feel. It gave off notes of hay and barnyard while the cold draw offered notes of sweet tobacco and raisins. The draw was a bit tight, but it never posed a real problem. The burn was consistent throughout.
Beginning: The 1502 Nicaragua started out with a smooth and mild profile. The first few puffs provided notes of tobacco, raisins and a slight maple sweetness. At the 1-inch mark, a roasted nut note was introduced and the body began to build. I was worried that this was going to be a very mild cigar, but the flavors began to thicken at this point.
Middle: This is where the 1502 Nicaragua started to shine. The roasted nut flavor carried over, but the rest of the profile took a turn. Notes of marshmallow and graham cracker took up prominent roles and added a nice sweetness. The mild raisin flavor stuck around and gave this smoke a nice balance. There was a VERY mild baking spice on the retro.
End: A mild white pepper spice began to settle on the tongue. This gave the 1502 Nicaragua a lovely balance of sweet and spice. The body took another step forward toward the medium-plus range while the strength stayed in the medium-minus range. This was the point when I started to wish this was a toro so it would last a bit longer. From the midpoint on, the flavor of the 1502 Nicaragua was right in the center of my "Happy Zone."
Final Thoughts: It's another winner from Enrique and Global Premium Cigars! I would put the 1502 Nicaragua between the 1502 Ruby and the 1502 Black Gold in terms of strength and flavor. It starts out a bit slow, but the flavors take off after the first inch. There is plenty of flavor and enough strength to keep most smokers happy. If you like a ligero bomb, then you should look elsewhere. The 1502 Nicaragua is an elegant representation of what Nicaraguan Tobacco is capable of doing without blowing up your palate.
Rating: 92 AKA Box Split
A great Nicaraguan cigar with plenty of complexity and great balance for less than $7? Hell Yes! The only thing that keeps me from calling the 1502 Nicaragua a box buy is the 30-count box. That is a big commitment even at the low price point. From a performance stand point, the 1502 Nicaragua is a winner. It's perfect for a morning smoke, but it has enough character to be smoked after a nice dinner. You simply have to smoke it.