Video review HERE.
The 1502 XO is the newest edition to the 1502 line and Enrique Sanchez Icaza. It is a limited edition cigar. The total boxes produced were 1502 boxes of 10 cigars. Each cigar has it's own serial number. This cigar is number 162487.
The cigar is very well made and box pressed. The wrapper is oily and very dark. Not much is known about the blend but the cigar incorporates 18 year old tobacco. You can be assured that it contains some of the best Nicaraguan tobaccos. Enrique had this to say about his new cigar:
"I have always strived for perfection in my life. Perfection cannot always be rushed. The 1502 XO achieves the perfect balance of flavor and strength, attained, in large part, by the use of well aged, rare 18 year old tobacco. Let the 1502 XO, our masterpiece, help you relax and enjoy the wonders of what life has to offer."
This cigar uses the cigar lock, a partially closed foot that Enrique is known for.
The test draw after cutting the cap was very good with a touch of firmness. The initial flavors were a very sweet pink grapefruit, brown sugar, and black coffee.
About 2 inches in there is now a thick, white chocolate presence at the base. The other flavors of pink grapefruit and brown sugar are still the primary flavors. There was black pepper rated at a 7 1/2. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is a sweet cream with some citrus influence.
At the midpoint the percentage of flavors is changing. The brown sugar and white chocolate are the lead flavors with the pink grapefruit coming in a distant third. Black coffee continues to hold the base. The cigar is full bodied at this point.
With about 1 1/2 inches remaining the coffee notes have really come out. The secondary flavors are now the brown sugar and white chocolate. The pink grapefruit notes are becoming quite faint. The cigar continues to be full bodied.
The heavy coffee notes continued to the end. The other flavors remained about like they were in the previous segment. This is a cigar that Enrique was lacking. It is full bodied and very different for him. These will be on shelves at shops that carry 1502 cigars March 5th. Be sure to try these before they are all gone! Very good cigar.