I have smoked and reviewed the Emerald, Ruby and Black Gold prior to the Nicaragua and I was highly impressed with their flavor profiles and construction. And now that I have had the chance to review the newest release by 1502, the Nicaragua, I must say that it assimilates very well into the family. It is carefully crafted using tobaccos from all four major growing regions in Nicaragua, Esteli, Condega, Jalapa and Ometepe and is only available in the Robusto vitola.
The night started as the kind of evening that makes life worth living, good food, fine Scotch and a premium cigar. It promised a welcomed respite from another grueling work day. I opened my humidor and stared at my Bae, not a clinical stare, but one of lust and desire. Her breathtaking 5 x 50 body was wrapped in a Rosado-colored Nicaraguan leaf that boasted small veins and near-invisible seams. Her sexy, slightly box-pressed frame was oily, well packed and smooth to the touch. Her foot was accentuated with the patented “Cigar Lock” 1502 cigars have become famous for. Her name “1502 Nicaragua” was emblazoned across her chest and her perfume emitted intoxicating scents of fruit and cedar with a touch of sweet cocoa. Boy, does this little Latina got it going on.
1502 Nicaragua is a Nicaraguan Puro at her finest. The specific tobacco used for this Bae is not readily available but I can assure you that her wrapper, binder, and fillers are all Nicaraguan. Since this was the fourth 1502 gal with whom I have kept company, her father, Enrique Sanchez, knew his little girl was in good hands with Old Ash. However, before I progressed any further, he firmly warned me that Nicaragua is a tribute to his family so I better not embarrass him.
With big papa’s gentle reminder nestled deep in the back of my mind, I whipped out my cutter and gently snipped Nicaragua’s flush cap. Her cold draw revealed mixed notes of wood and various spices. I continued my advances by massaging her foot with soft butane to get her primed and ready for action.
I know how good 1502 gals taste so I didn’t waste any time making my first move. I leaned in for the first kiss immediately upon firing up this temptress. But, was it too soon? She gave me attitude during our opening kiss! She blasted me with a mouthful of peppery spice that really caught me off guard. But, to be honest, I kind of liked it. Latinas with ‘tude can really get my motor running if you know what I mean. But, I must have been doing something right because it didn’t take her long before she eased up and delivered a nice sweet cedar moltingthat reduced the spice to a mere trace. I was gathering a lot of toasted nuts and floral notes that enveloped my palate nicely.
Nicaragua was a low maintenance mistress who provided her man with a very enjoyable experience. The draw on this paramour was perfect, not too loose like she was giving herself away, but not too tight either where I had to work overtime to taste her flavors. Her burn was cool and consistent creating a char line that was straight from foot to the nub. She let out billowing screams of dense white smoke that was rich and palpable. The ash on this Latina was ‘rumptious’, thick and charcoal in color with black speckling.
Nicaragua maintained a very balanced flavor profile as I continued to work down her body into the second third of our rendezvous. She continued to feed me amorous plumes of sweet cedar and floral notes with a dollop of cocoa that coupled perfectly with the toasted nuttiness that was becoming the dominant flavor.She was started to taste nice and creamy as well. Her finish was not terribly long but it was just enough to keep her memorable flavors alive between smooches.
I was already drunk from her flavor by the final third of our date but I was more than happy to consume as much love as she was willing to offer. Her profile didn’t change much at this point but she continued to pour on the cocoa, nuts and floral base. Her spicy ‘tude reappeared. Perhaps she was as upset as I was that our evening together was ending. I gathered a quite a bit of red pepper spice in our closing minutes together. And, her smoke remained creamy and satisfying after it rolled off my lips. Our final moments together were memorable to say the least.
Now that Nicaragua was gone I have not stopped thinking about her. She really did impress me with her flawless construction and balanced, tasty flavor profile. Nicaragua’s strength was a solid medium with plenty of flavor from start to finish. I didn’t find her to be terribly complex but the flavors she boasted were incredible. Enrique did a great job showcasing Nicaragua’s tobacco without making a palate nuking powerhouse. Instead, he showed the world that Nicaraguan tobacco, when blended correctly, can produce fine, coy mistresses. There was absolutely no bitterness or harsh build up at any time during my one hour fling.I definitely recommend this 1502 Nicaragua to both novice smokers and experienced enthusiasts alike.
Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A. – Estelí, Nicaragua
Price: $7 USD