The 1502 Ruby is one of three cigar offerings by Global Premium Cigars (GPC), which was founded by Enrique Sanchez Icaza. The company is based in Nicaragua and focuses primarily on Nicaraguan blends. The 1502 is the company’s premium line and gets its name from the year that Christopher Columbus discovered Nicaragua.
The Lancero is the newest vitola offered in each of the company’s three core lines, the Black, Emerald and Ruby.
From the GPC website:
“It is the blend created for the discerning smoker’s delight, one that recognizes a great cigar. Its aesthetic presentation reveals the art of the handcraftsmanship that each of our cigar makers have achieved after many years of experience. It yields all the flavor and aroma from de valley of Jalapa and Estelí in Nicaragua, wrapped with a beautiful dark wrapper from Ecuador.”
I met Ruby a couple of weeks ago when her close friend, Gary Griffith introduced us. I know I am not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but as soon as I laid eyes on Ruby I knew I was going to enjoy spending intimate moments with her. She was a classy, sophisticated gal who was dressed to impress.
I suddenly thought to myself, “Did my heart love ’til now? For I never saw true beauty ’til this night.” Then I approached her armed with all my witty pick-up lines at the ready. She reminded me of a supermodel – tall, slender, sexy and firm. Ruby’s 7 x 38 box pressed frame boasted a smooth, succulent medium chocolate-brown complexion made from the Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf. Her flesh was laced with a seductive sheen of natural oils and her construction was flawless – well packed with minimal veins and near invisible seams. She had an adorable ‘cigar lock’ that jazzed up her foot to add to her elegant persona. She was accessorized appropriately with a simple yet classy red and gold band that featured a Columbus-era styled cross with her name tattooed below. It screamed elegance. Her perfume emitted luring traces of earthy barnyard and hints of cedar. Her cold draw was similar with hints of leather and chocolate added to the mix. During a brief conversation, I discovered that her Nicaraguan binder and fillers were of premium grade tobaccos harvested from the Jalapa and Esteli regions of the country.
I could no longer control my urges and decided to make an early first move on this timid temptress. I gently clipped her cap with a simple straight cut and lightly massaged her foot with a soft flame. A couple of tender puffs immediately got her fired up and ready to play.
The first third of our night moved smoothly. Her gentle kisses revealed a blast of red pepper right from the start but then mellowed out into a nice earthy sweetness that combined for a tasty experience. I like a woman whose gentle appearance belies a feisty personality underneath her reserved exterior. As I progressed deep into the first third of our tryst I tasted a nice creaminess in her breath along with hints of chocolate and cedar. Her draw was absolutely perfect, revealing a mouthful of delectable smoke free of any lingering harshness. Her kisses finished short and clean with a dollop of spice. Her smoke output was on par with most cigars made from premium tobaccos – thick and plentiful. And, let me tell you about the ash on this babe – a picturesque mold that was light charcoal in color, tight and long lasting, especially for a Lancero.
She held nothing back during the second third of our rendezvous, offering me every ounce of flavor she had inside of her. She revealed those same notes of earth, pepper, cedar, and chocolate, but the earthiness increased to the forefront with the pepper fading a bit. She still provided that delightful creaminess from earlier as well to combine for a very enjoyable affair. Her strength was a solid medium and I was blown away with her impeccable balance of flavors which I would also classify as medium. Each individual flavor was subtle and worked together in complete harmony to create one of the best tasting cigars that I have had in a long time.
The final third of our evening was memorable, an experience that I did not want to end. This once coy mistress began to exhibit a slightly stronger red pepper taste as she gained a little bit in her strength as I approached her nub, a pleasant surprise for an alpha male who likes when a gal plays a little rough once in a while. But, I still considered her of medium strength overall. Nothing really changed in the flavor profile except that she lost a little bit of her sweetness, becoming slightly bolder.
Overall, this lovely Latina was the perfect lady. She was sexy, sweet, tasty and cordial. She was extremely tasty and flavorful, which is common with Lanceros; however this 1502 Ruby ranks higher than most Lanceros that I have tried. Her balance of body and strength was absolutely astonishing with both just about evening out at medium. And, I loved the earth flavor that dominated the profile for most of the smoke. Her cool burn allowed me to smoke it down to an itty-bitty nub before I was forced to lay her to rest. The Lancero vitola is typically a true showcase of a blender’s artful talents and this 1502 Ruby is a perfect example of hand craftsmanship at its finest.
I didn’t feeling like drinking alcohol with Ruby so I paired her with a nice medium bodied coffee that was an awesome compliment to the earthy base of the cigar. I highly recommend pairing a nice medium-bodied coffee with this 1502 Ruby Lancero.
Made by Global Premium Cigars
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua – Esteli and Jalapa