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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

1502 Ruby Robusto (Box Pressed)
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: 1sgjeffward
91
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the 1502 Ruby Robusto (Box-Pressed).  This one is presented from the combined sponsorship of Enrique Sanchez at 1502 Cigars and our own member, Nathan (nwb).  A special thanks goes out to Enrique and Nathan for making this happen!

Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
50
Country Manufactured:
Nicaragua
Filler:
Nicaragua
Binder:
Nicaragua
Wrapper:
Ecuador
Color:
Colorado Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto

This cigar was enjoyed with Jones Cream Soda

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 20 Possible

Nice dark wrapper that gives off an earthy aroma. There were a couple of small veins running down the length. Good medium box press feel with a kinda different semi closed foot where about an 1/8" of the wrapper is pressed in on all four sides. Cap held well when cut with a large V cut.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Toasted and lit easily and kept a consistent burn line throughout. Ash was a solid medium grey and held to about an inch. Gave off almost no smoke at all in the ashtray and as I suspected it was tunneling just a bit and did go out on me once. But most of the time with one draw this cigar immediately produced a large volume of light pleasant smelling smoke.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Couldn't find any significant problems with the construction on this cigar. The wrapper and the cap both held up perfectly from start to nub. The draw was very open and just a little too easy for me at times but not bad enough to be an issue.

Flavor: 31 Points of 35 Possible

Strength was a solid medium but never really got much stronger than that. The flavors open up with your typical Nicaraguan earth and spice in a nice smooth body. There were some undertones I picked up of wood, a light sweet nut flavor and a nice little "twang" that came and went.

As the cigar progressed into the last half-3rd the "twang" became more of a solid citrus note and picked up a little bite. You can see what the blender was going for when the hints of sweet Cocoa come into play and give a nice sour (citrus) sweet contrast that is very pleasing.

There were no real transition points per say, the flavors just kinda blended in and stayed fairly constant throughout. I think the light citrus note that came and went is enough to keep the cigar interesting and give it that little zip! That in conjunction with the overall creaminess and smooth flavors, it keeps you happily puffing all the way to the nub.



Summary

You can't say anything bad about the construction of this cigar, it's just solid all the way around! The draw is very open but I know for most that is a lot more of a plus than it is for me so you might add a point on the burn because of that. This is a very solid cigar that I would be happy to add to my inventory and place into regular rotation once they hit the market. The Ruby has me looking forward to smoking the rest of the 1502 line as well.



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