You may remember that back in 2016, 1502 Cigars unveiled eight new vitolas for its high-end XO line, though they weren’t going to be coming out in regular production at the same time. In fact, the plan was to release just one vitola per year for the foreseeable future.

Today, one of those vitolas got its widespread release, as Global Premium Cigars, the parent company of 1502, announced the launch of the 1502 XO Perfecto, a 6 1/2 x 52 figurado with tapers at both the head and foot. As with the rest of the line, little is being disclosed about the blend other than that it is made with some tobaccos aged for approximately 18 years, hence the use of XO in the name for extra old. What those tobaccos are and how much of it is part of the blend remains under wraps, however.

The 1502 XO Perfecto is being released in four-count boxes priced at $78. Just under 500 boxes were produced for this release, according to Enrique Sánchez of Global Premium Cigars.

The cigar originally debuted in a 6 x 50 toro; earlier this year, the 1502 XO Lancero returned to the market in limited quantities. This summer, the company released the 1502 XO Box-Pressed Torpedo at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, a 6 x 50 with the traditional pointed head.

The 1502 XO line is made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Nicaragua.

Update (Nov. 26, 2018) — Enrique Sánchez confirmed the number of boxes produced for this release, which has been added to the story.

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