Global Premium Cigars has been a regular at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show since at least 2015, and while this year saw the another XO release as has historically been the case, there was a significant difference compared to the past few years.

The booth was exactly the same, as was the warm greeting I received from owner Enrique Sánchez when I walked into it. As has been the case pretty much every year I have covered the company’s booth, it was busy without being overwhelmed at any point, at least while I was there.

1502 XO Box-Pressed Toro

Another year means another 1502 XO release, but this year is a bit different that previous releases. That is because the company is re-releasing original vitola, first launched in 2015, a box-pressed 6 x 50 toro. While the blend is undisclosed as always, 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.”

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  • 1502 XO Box-Pressed Toro (6 x 50) — $17.80 (Box of 10, $178)

Production: 270 Boxes of 10 Cigars (2,700 Total Cigars)

Release Date: July 2019


Eagle-eye fans of Global Premium Cigars may remember that the Cachitos—a 4 1/2 x 50 unbanded petit robusto packaged in bundles of 20—had its debut at last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show. According to Sánchez, the newest version of the cigar is the exact same blend and price, but this incarnation is being rolled at the Diamond Cigar Factory instead of the Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory.

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Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 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.