Earlier this week Global Premium the company behind the 1502 sent out notice that the Emerald Lancero was shipping to stores and while sitting at Cigar Cellar Lounge my favorite shop in Miami, they showed up. Enrique the brand owner stops at the shop from time to time and hand delivered these to the shop himself. The Black Gold and Ruby recently got a line extension with the lancero vitola as well.
Made in Esteli, Nicaragua the brand name represents the year Christopher Columbus discovered Nicaragua.
Size: 7 x 40 (Lancero)
Filler: Nicaragua & Mexico
Number Smoked: 1
Appearance & Construction: The 1502 Emerald Lancero is a square pressed stick which is unusual for the size. The wrapper is nearly flawless which almost no vein structure visible although the roll of the cigar seems slightly porous and feels a bit under-filled in some spots. The cigar has a trip cap, and the foot shows off the dark San Andreas tobacco used in the fillers. The band is a little flat and uses the colors of green & gold.
Flavors & Notes: The aroma of the wrapper s a little sweet while the cold draw reminds me of honey. I developed a habit of biting off the caps of my cigar and this cigar was no different. The cap came off with perfection and the first light of the cigar has a wonderful aroma and a bit of spice through the nose. As the cigar progresses into the first third, the honey experienced on the pre-light draw is joined by some subtle apple notes. As the second third is reached the apple notes remain while the honey is all but gone. Added to the mix is some cedar notes and a slight nuttiness. The last third of the cigar picks up notes of leather and a continued nuttiness with a deliciously sweet, but short finish.
Smoking Characteristics: A lancero can be a difficult cigar, a lot of them have issues staying lit due to the size of the cigar being difficult to roll. This might be the best lancero I have ever smoked in terms of construction and how it played into the smoking experience. The ash was firm and held on very well and the draw was fluid with no issues from start to finish. I honestly can’t remember the last time I numbed a lancero.
Conclusion: Once you figure in all aspects of the cigar it is easily in the top 3 of lancero smokes that I have had. The cigar is a tad mild for what I like to smoke, but it a great cigar for the first smoke of the day and for the foreseeable future I think this will become that cigar.