At the 2017 IPCPR Trade Show, Global Premium Cigars, makers of the 1502 brand, officially announced the 1502 XO Churchill – the second vitola of the 1502 XO line.
The 1502 XO line was first showcased in 2015. The distinguishing characteristic of this blend is that it incorporates 18-year-old tobacco into the blend. The cigar first hit the market in March 2016 in a box-pressed Toro. Plans were to unveil a different limited production vitola into the market each year. However, the Deeming Regulations put in place by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threw a monkey-wrench into those plans.
Following the issuance of the FDA Deeming Regulations, company owner Enrique Sánchez Icaza made a decision to showcase all of the planned vitolas for the 1502 XO line at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show and do a limited introduction to market. However, the planned release of 1502 XO Churchill is the first significant release of the line since the 2016 release of the Toro.
At a glance, here is a look at the 1502 XO line:
Sánchez has not disclosed the details of the 1502 blend.
Wrapper: Not Disclosed
Binder: Not Disclosed
Filler: Not Disclosed
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Plasencia SA)
Toro: 6 x 50 (Box Pressed)
Churchill: 7 x 49 (Box Pressed)
The following are the other sizes launched in the 1502 XO line, but which have not yet been formally released:
Conquistador (6 x 56)