Cigar Review: 1502 Blue Sapphire

Cigar Review: 1502 Blue Sapphire

Global Premium Cigars
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Size: 6” x 52
Strength: medium to medium-full
Price: $13.00

Overall Rating: 8.6

1502 Cigars from Global Premium Cigars is a company that declares itself “proudly Nicaraguan”, even its name is taken from the date that Christopher Columbus “discovered” what would become Nicaragua on his final voyage. Enrique Sanchez Icaza’s brand has been producing some very good cigar, whose quality has only gotten better with time. The latest release is the medium to medium-full bodied 1502 Sapphire that was announced at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show in Vegas. Coming only in a non box pressed toro (6” x 52), the 1502 Blue Sapphire is a good cigar worth giving a try.


Pre-Light: The 1502 Blue Sapphire is a good looking cigar, and is something of a departure for 1502 as it is not a box pressed cigar. I’ve always liked the 1502 band, it has a very classic look to it. The Blue Sapphire band is similar to the band of the past, but in a sapphire blue color with silver accents. The dark earthy brown Nicaraguan wrapper causes the band to really stand out. There are the occasional medium sized veins and some occasional speckling to the cigar’s wrapper.


The dark Nicaraguan wrapper has a mild cocoa and earth scent to it. From the foot of the cigar there is a very interesting blueberry like scent that mixes with a brown sugary sweetness. A slightly firm pre-light draw allowed through flavor of blueberry muffins, oak, grass and sugary sweetness.


Burn: The 1502 Blue Sapphire has a good draw, and allows through a decent amount of smoke. Although it can occasionally burn a little uneven, it doesn’t really effect the overall enjoyment of the cigar too much. A nice white ash clings to the foot of the cigar, but can fall off suddenly without much warning.


Flavor: The Blue Sapphire begins with a mellow blend of sweet powdered cocoa, oak and earth. The Blue Sapphire begins continues mellow throughout most of the first third with cocoa, oak and earth. As the cigar burns into the second third of the cigar, there is a bit of white pepper that creeps into the flavor profile. On the retrohale there is a mix of wood and mild pepper. The second third of the cigar continues much the same as the first third of the cigar. It’s during the transition to the final third of the cigar that the flavors really begin to develop. Earth, cocoa, oak, cedar and white and black pepper are all present as the last third of the 1502 Blue Sapphire begins. There’s a nice slight black pepper to the retrohale during the final third of the cigar. The Blue Sapphire end with flavors of cedar, cocoa and black pepper.


Overall: I’ve been a fan of the 1502 brand from Global Premium Cigars for a while, especially of the 1502 Ruby. This latest release from Global Premium Cigars was billed as a bolder and stronger cigar in the line, but I found it to be in the medium to medium-full range, and not quite as full as the 1502 Ruby. There’s a good mix of earth, cocoa and wood note to the 1502 Sapphire’s flavor profile. Currently the cigar is only available in a 6” x 52 toro, but I would be interested to try it in a slightly smiler ring gauge. Personally, I enjoyed the cigar and will go back to it from time, but it’s likely not to become a regular fixture in my humidor (at least not in the current size). Although we don’t take price into account in our Overall Rating, it is worth mentioning that the $13 price point of the cigar will make some feel that they are overpaying for what they’re getting. All in all the 1502 Blue Sapphire is a good medium to medium-full bodied Nicaraguan cigar if you can make it past the $13 price.


Pairing: The 1502 Sapphire is a cigar that pairs well with a good sipping rum such as the Zafra 21 or Zacapa 23.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210