There will be a new size of the 1502 XO available at next week’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, as Enrique Sánchez has confirmed that he will be releasing a Churchill as the line’s second vitola.
As with the debut release in a toro vitola, Sánchez is keeping specifics of the blend under wraps. None of the specific components are being disclosed, but the line gets its XO name from the term for extra old; in this case, some of the tobacco used has been aged for 18 years.
The line is made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Nicaragua, and Sánchez says that less than 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars being made, down from the 1,502 boxes he produced last year. “This production is ready to ship to retailers,” he said, adding that the Churchill measures 7 x 48 and will have an MSRP of $20 per cigar. Retailers will also be limited in how many boxes they are able to purchase.
When the 1502 XO was first announced in 2015, the plan was to have new vitolas released every year for the foreseeable future. After the FDA announced its new regulations for premium cigars, there was some question as to whether or not releases such as this would be possible, though a number of manufacturers have taken steps to ensure that they will be able to continue with their plans. Sánchez told halfwheel that he released a small batch of several vitolas last year after displaying them at the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show:
- 1502 XO Robusto Gordo (5 x 52) – $15.20 (Boxes of 20, $304)
- 1502 XO Lancero (7 x 40) – $16 (Boxes of 10, $160)
- 1502 XO Perfecto (6 1/2 x 52) – $19.50 (Boxes of 4, $78)
- 1502 XO Toro Box Press (6 x 50) – $17.80 (Boxes of 10, $178)
- 1502 XO Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52) – $18.60 (Boxes of 10, $186)
- 1502 XO Churchill (7 x 48) – $20 (Boxes of 10, $200)
- 1502 XO Conquistador (6 x 56) – $20.50 (Boxes of 4, $82)
- 1502 XO Salomon (7 x 58) – $22 (Boxes of 4, $88)
A schedule for the release of the other sizes has not been announced.
The 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show runs from July 11 – 14 in Las Vegas, Nev.