Cigar Review: 1502 Black Gold Toro

Cigar Review: 1502 Black Gold Toro

1502 Black Gold Toro

Size: Toro (6 ” x 50)

Wrapper: Sun Grown Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium-Full

Price:  Unknown (Samples provided by Emilio Cigars, distributor of 1502, various web reports suggest a $6-$8 range)

Grade: 8.6

A little while ago I received a package of cigars from Gary Griffith, head honcho and leader of the Emilio Cigars legion.  If you’ve been living under a rock you should know that Gary is the man behind the ever expanding Emilio Cigars empire which not only represents the Emilio lines that are Gary’s brainchild, but a rapidly expanding portfolio of other lesser known boutique brands.

One of the brands Gary is distributing is the 1502, made by Global Premium Cigars one of the new brands to emerge in 2012.  To date there are three lines in the 1502 lineup, the Emerald (mild), the Ruby (medium), and the Black Gold (Full).  Enrique Sánchez, proprietor of Global Premium Cigars says this on the company’s website:

If you like strong cigars, you’ll definitely love this one. This particular cigar is made to satisfy the discerning smoker who enjoys bold and strong flavors. It has a double binder and long filler from Nicaragua. With its natural Maduro sun-grown tobacco wrapper, nurtured with all the natural elements where it gets its  flavor, especially its strength and character.

But enough about that how’s it smoke?

The cigars for review were provided by Emilio Cigars.  No request for review was made by Emilio Cigars.  While the generosity is appreciated, it in no way affects the review.

Pre-Light:  (1.8)  The 1502 Black Gold, as its name sake would suggest, features a very rich, dark brown, wrapper, with a lot of mottling.  The wrapper is oily to the touch with short fine “hairs” that are barely visible under the sun.  The box press is firm and sturdy, well filld, and comfortable in the grip.  There is a skillfully applied triple cap and a short shaggy foot that Enrique Sánchez calls the “cigar lock”.  Shaggy foot, cigar lock, whatever you call it, I like it!

The scent off the foot was of a rich earthy sweet tobacco as well as the more common sweet, dry cocoa from the Maduro wrapper.  The scent had a little punch to it when first removed from the cellophane but that aired out rather quickly.

The pre light draw was offered up hay and earth with a bit of sweetness to balance.

Burn: (1.6)   The burn on the 1502 Black Gold is slightly uneven at times but never wanders too far off.  The draw is just a little on the tight side.  The charcoal and grey ash barely makes the one inch mark.  The 1502 Black Gold is medium to full bodied with more fullness to the body as the cigar progresses.  The strength also moves to full through the progression.  There were a few touch ups required on the burn as I smoked through the last third.

Flavor:  (2.6)   At first light I am intrigued by what the flavors will present as the cigar lock burns off and joins the filler.  There is an opening salvo that brings a plethora of different peppery spices along with a dark roasted espresso.  As the first third opens up  a little something else joins in and adds a dimension of sweetness and complexity to the finish.  Along with the sweetness, there are hints of black licorice in the retro-hale.  Pepper sits on the tongue long after the finish

The second third is best characterized as being dark and earthy with semi sweet notes, bits of roast cherry and licorice and a peppery spice that lingers on the finish.

Now smoking through the last third and there is a pronounced dark cherry note that emerges as a bit of a surprise and joins the dark espresso notes along with a little cocoa and pepper.  Again the spice on the finish is long lasting.  The flavors throughout the smoke are strong and defined but they really stand out in the final third.  Personally, I felt the Black Gold was at its peak in the last two inches and all that flavor was definitely satisfying to this palate!

Overall: (2.6) The 1502 Black Gold is a good cigar with deep robust flavors.  The smoke isnt the most complex, but does offer enough rich flavors and twists to keep things interesting.  I’m unsure of the price point of the Black Gold, but if it is in that $6-$8 range I’d definitely smoke it again and recommend anyone who enjoys full flavored, full bodied cigars give it a try.  Kudos and best wishes to Enrique Sánchez on the launch of your new brand and congratulations to Gary Griffith for adding another winner to his distribution portfolio.

Total: 8.6

The cigars for review were provided by Emilio Cigars.  No request for review was made by Emilio Cigars.  While the generosity is appreciated, it in no way affects the review.