There are a large number of people in the cigar industry that bring a smile to my face every time I see them, and Enrique Sánchez of Global Premium Cigars is one of them. His positive attitude is infectious and it is obvious he cares about his products and how they are thought of by his fans.

Perhaps best known for the 1502 brand, the Global Premium Cigars booth was a bit different this year, missing the display case that was present last year in favor of a more open layout that encouraged conversation. The company had two new products on display, one of which was a totally new release and another that was a not unexpected line extension.

1502 XO Box-Pressed Torpedo

The 1502 XO line was released in 2016 with eight different sizes, last year brought just one new size and that trend continues this year, as the company released the XOBox-Pressed Torpedo, a 6 x 50 box-pressed torpedo packaged in boxes of 10. However, unlike previous releases, the new vitola is significantly more limited, with just 200 boxes being shipped to retailers this month. While the blend is undisclosed, we do know that some of the tobacco being used in the cigars are at least 18 years old, thus the XO abbreviation standing for “extra old.”

  • Wrapper: n/a
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: n/a
  • 1502 XO Box-Pressed Torpedo (6 x 50) — $18.60 (B0xes of 10, $186)

Production: 200 Boxes of 10 Cigars (2,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: July 2018


One of the few cigars that is not under Global Premium Cigars’ 1502 banner, Cachitos is a brand new line is made up of a single vitola: a 4 1/2 x 50 petit robusto. Produced at the Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory in Nicaragua, the new cigar comes unbanded and is packaged in 20-count bundles.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
  • Global Premium Cigars Cachitos Petit Robusto (4 1/2 x 50) — $5.50 (Bundles of 20, $110)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the binder on the Cachitos at being from Nicaragua; it is from Honduras.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.