For this year’s PCA show, Global Premium Cigars—parent company of the 1502 brand—was showing off a number of new vitolas in existing lines, as well as a brand new sampler and a returning size in one of its most well-known creations.

The booth is larger than it was in 2019, which not only allowed Global Premium Cigars to show off more product but also gave room for more customers. However, the biggest change for the company is the fact that founder Enrique Sánchez’s wife Soleana Venerio is taking on a larger role, including as acting CFO.

1502 Emerald Robusto

The first of the new robusto vitolas is being released in three different lines, all of which are box-pressed.

Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Mexico (San Andres)  & Nicaragua

1502  Emerald Robusto (5  x 50) — $9.50 (Box of 20, $190)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2021

1502 Black Gold Robusto

Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

1502 Black Gold Robusto (5  x 50) — $9.50 (Box of 20, $190)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2021

1502 Blue Sapphire Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

1502 Blue Sapphire Robusto (5  x 52) — $13 (Box of 10, $130)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2021

1502 XO Box-Pressed Churchill

First released for sale in 2015, the XO line is Global Premium Cigars annual limited edition release.  While the company is not giving any details on blend or production numbers, the vitola is a 7 x 48 Churchill vitola.

Wrapper: Unconfirmed
Binder: Unconfirmed
Filler: Unconfirmed

1502 XO Box-Pressed Churchill (7 x 48) — $24 (Box of 10, $240)

Production: TBA

Release Date: August 2021

1502 Toro Sampler

Finally, the company is releasing a Toro sampler that contains cigars from five of the company’s lines in the same 6 x 50 vitola: 1502 Emerald, 1502 Black Gold, 1502 Blue Sapphire, 1502 Ruby and 1502 Nicaragua.

MSRP is $45.

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2021

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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.