The Global Premium Cigars booth is headed up by the charismatic and enthusiastic owner Enrique Sánchez, who was more than happy to show off some of the new 1502 cigars that were being released.

1502 Nicaragua Churchill

1502 Nicaragua
First thing is the newest addition to the 1502 Nicaragua line, a 7 x 48 churchill that will retail for $8 and come 20 to a box. Released a week and a half ago, they should be in stores any day.

1502 Salomons

1502 Perfectos
Next on the list are the 1502 Black Gold, Emerald and Ruby Perfectos (6 1/8 x 50), which are offered to retailers who place orders at the show. Previously, the Perfecto was only available to 1502-branded lounges.

1502 XO
Lastly, and definitely the pride of the show for Sánchez, is the new 1502 XO. Only 1,502 numbered boxes of 10 cigars will be released each year, retailing at $17 a cigar. It will be a different size each year, starting with a 6 x 50 toro this year. Like the rest of the company’s lines, it’s made at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí. Unlike the rest of the lines, Sánchez isn’t disclosing any details.

1502 XO

Release date for these is expected to be October or November.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.