Video review HERE.
This is the newest edition from 1502; the 1502 Nicaragua churchill. It uses the same tobaccos that were used in the original 1502 robusto. Up until now the 1502 Nicaragua only came in the robusto size but they decided to expand the line to include a churchill size. It is a box pressed cigar, just like the robusto. It is also made in the A. J. Fernandez factory.
The 1502 Nicaragua contains tobaccos from the four main growing regions of Nicaragua: Esteli, Jalapa, Condega, and Ometepe. This cigar fits right in between the 1502 Emerald and 1502 Ruby - as a "medium plus" cigar.
I reviewed the robusto size last year and it made my Top 10 for the year. For fun you might want to look back at that review and compare it to this review.
The cigar uses a "cigar lock" at the foot. It is partially closed as you can see.
The test draw after cutting the cap was perfect with just a touch of firmness. The initial flavors were sweet pink grapefruit, nutmeg, cream, and roasted nuts. The finish was sweet cream with roasted nuts. The pepper was a light black pepper rated at a 7.
About one inch in the main flavors are consistent but at the base there are light black coffee notes. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is unchanged and very nice.
Close to the midpoint the nutmeg is prominent and has a touch of butter. The pink grapefruit, roasted nuts, coffee and cream are consistent. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged.
At the end the sweetness elevated along with the strength. It is now medium to full bodied. The other notes remained about the same. This cigar is pretty much a longer version of the robusto I reviewed last year, which is not a bad thing. I enjoyed this cigar very much. If you're a fan of the robusto version you will be a fan of these. Look for them at shops that carry the 1502 brand.