It’s Stog o’Clock, and it’s 1502 time once again! Today, I have the 1502 Ruby in the Robusto size to review. It is a 5×50 box-pressed stick with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and all Nicaraguan tobacco within. The wrapper gives off a musty tobacco aroma, and I pick up a slight smoky raisin smell out of the foot. This cigar is absolutely gorgeous looking, and it just screams, “Smoke me!”
The cold draw produces a musty mint flavor. Once I torch this beauty, there is a significant amount of black pepper spice with dark cocoa. Through the nose, there is wood and caramel.
After twenty minutes, I finish the first third. The draw gives me a rich chocolate with an old-tasting wood and black pepper. There is roasted coffee bean with raisin and caramel through the nose. A sweet smokiness presents itself on the long finish with notes of smooth toast and spicy black cherry. The body of the smoke is full, yet the strength is steady at the medium mark.
The second third puts me at forty-five minutes. There is a spicy dark chocolate on the draw with some prune and vanilla. The retro-hale gives me more raisin flavor with oak and a strong tobacco core. On the finish, I pick up a buttery cream with a bomb of black pepper spice and fruity leather. The body is still at the full mark, but strength has jumped up to medium-to-full.
The final third ends at one hour and ten minutes. On the draw, there is a pleasant raisin with more spicy chocolate and smoky wood. Dark espresso makes its way through my nose with fruity wood and black pepper. The long finish treats me to sweet, creamy cocoa with a spicy berry and coffee. Strength and body have not changed.
Overall, this stick was outstanding. It performed flawlessly with a vast amount of complexity. The flavors were extremely balanced, and the experience was reminiscent of many high-dollar cigars. For just over $7 per stick, this one is hard to beat and is definitely box-worthy. It will be a strong contender for my “top ten” list at the end of the year. Well done, 1502. Well done.
Always loving the leaf,
You can find participating retailers to purchase 1502Cigars by using their “Locate a Tobacconist” feature on the site. As for now, we’re hoping that these get across the pond. For Nicaraguan cigars like these in UK, Spain and Germany you can check out Cigar World. Next time you’re in the Germany stop by their lounge and hang out, it was rated one of the best cigar lounges in the EU in 2014 by Cigar Journal.