The 1502 Cigars XO made its official debut on March 5 during an event at Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop in Havertown, Penn., before rolling out to other 1502 retailers in the following weeks. To determine when stores receive their allotment, Sánchez is holding what he called an “XO Draft Day” today, with the limited production of 1,502 individually numbered boxes of 10 cigars being divided up among existing accounts. There are only going to be 1502 boxes of 10 made each year and each box will be numbered, with each cigar also being numbered inside it’s respective box. This first release of the XO is a 6×50 box-pressed Toro.
Vineland, NJ (January 18, 2016) – LJ Zucca is proud to announce it’s rebranding from “House of Emilio” to “Boutiques United”. Effective today Boutiques United, which also launched a new website and corresponding social media accounts, will be the name of the cigar distribution entity moving forward.
“This cigar was on the stronger side of medium and delivered some solid flavors. There was a nice mix of natural sweetness with the cedar and nutmeg while coffee and oak added a richness to the profile. The middle was a little lacking once the coffee disappeared, but the remaining flavors were still good. I would definitely smoke this one again.” -Gregg (McGreggor57)
The cigar had excellent flavor until the wrapper unraveled. This caused most of the flavor to leave for the last third. Prior to this issue, the flavors were very enjoyable, with enough transitions to keep me interested. I’m looking forward to finding out what this cigar is as it is definitely worth at least a 5 pack purchase. I think it has lots of aging potential as well.” -Dan (Danfish)
In a bittersweet announcement today via their Facebook page, House of Emilio announced that Gary Griffith, Founder and the face of the brand, would be retiring from the company.
“A very nice stick overall, which albeit fast-burning, provided for a dynamic, full-bodied flavor profile with just enough strength to not be overwhelming.” -Stefan (Stefan)