It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the 1502 XO in the Toro size. This 6×50 box pressed cigar is comprised of undisclosed tobaccos. We have been told the binder and filler are aged 18 years, though. It looks to be expertly rolled. Only 1502 boxes of 10 have been made, and each cigar is serial numbered on the band.
The wrapper produces a potent barnyard aroma, while I smell raisin and more barnyard out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up some raisin flavor. Once lit, I get creamy leather, cocoa, and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, cedar and oak make an appearance. The finish gives me spicy leather and cocoa alongside cinnamon.
Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up buttery cocoa with salty leather and black pepper. Through the nose, cocoa and caramel mix with orange peel. The finish gives me coffee on top of more cocoa and citrus. Strength and body settle in at the medium-to-full mark.
The second third gets me to one hour. I pick up more cocoa and leather on the draw with the addition of bold earth notes. On the retro-hale, more caramel comes through alongside sweet hay. The finish treats me to salty yet sweet citrus on top of vegetal coffee. Strength and body do not change.
One hour and forty minutes in, the final third comes to an end. On the draw, I get creamy almond with more cocoa and some caramel. The retro-hale changes to a graham cracker and leather combo. I find more vegetal coffee on the finish with sweet cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body jump to the full mark in this final third.
The 1502 XO is a phenomenal cigar with a stellar flavor profile. It offers a ton of depth and complexity, and construction is top notch. It’s a wonderful addition to the1502 profile that I highly recommend, and it’s just one more reason to “Relax & Enjoy.” Be sure to stock up on these before they’re all gone!