It’s Stog o’Clock, and I try out another 1502 cigar. This time around, I have the 1502 Black Gold up for review. This 6×50 box-pressed Toro features a very dark Sungrown Maduro wrapper with double Nicaraguan binders and filler tobaccos. Off the wrapper, I pick up a barnyard and oat aroma with much of the same out of the foot with some mustiness.
Pre-light, the draw is slightly snug with a musty tobacco taste. I light this dark beauty up, and my tongue is greeted with a nostalgic Maduro tobacco flavor with hints of coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and some spice. Through the nose, there is more coffee with some wood.
The first third puts me at thirty-five minutes. On the draw, I pick up a flavor reminiscent of hot chocolate powder mix with espresso and dark tobacco. Through the nose, I find mahogany with leather and dark cocoa. A sweet cardboard flavor is left on the finish with tobacco and rich earth. Strength and body are steady at the medium-to-full mark.
One hour in, I finish the second third. I experience a jump in strength and body all the way up to the full mark. The draw gives me an elegant bitter dark chocolate with black licorice and char. On the retro-hale, there is grassy wood, espresso, and a blackberry note. A blast of black pepper comes through on the long finish with sweet cocoa and a hint of smokiness.
The final third puts me at an hour and a half. On the draw, I’m treated to a fruity dark chocolate note alongside damp wood and black pepper spice. Earthy toast and mild coffee are found on the retro-hale with the addition of a floral note. The finish is still long with a very strong, bold tobacco core accompanied by espresso and creamy char. There is no change to body and strength as they finish at the full mark.
Overall, this cigar surpassed my expectations and performed great. The flavors were rich and bold with a lot of complexity and manageable strength. It’s the kind of stick you smoke alongside a strong espresso or after a big steak dinner. Not only is this a wonderful cigar, it’s also easy on the wallet in the $7 to $8 range. The Black Gold is another big win for 1502.
Loving the leaf,