“The House ofEmilio is a confederation of 8 different “boutique” cigar companies under Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars. The House of Emilio is a vehicle to facilitate marketing and distribution of each member company’s cigars under the same banner.”
“In its creation, “Fina Fuerte” (Fine Strong) was the main quality that most inspired us. Our master blender had created this cigar (the Emerald) from a combination of carefully selected and aged tobacco leaves. It has a subtle strength, with flavor and aroma that could only be achieved with the blend of Corojo Habano de Nicaragua, long fillers from San Andres – Mexico and fields from Estelí and Condega in Nicaragua.”
By: Global Premium Cigars
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Size: 6.5×52 (Box-Pressed Torpedo)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli, Condega), Mexican (San Andreas)
While I wasn’t overly impressed with the Ruby, I was optimistic and eager to try the Emerald. The wrapper of the Emerald is caramel brown with minimal veins and nearly undetectable seams. In the hand it feels solid and well-packed from the long, tapered torpedo tip all the way to the foot. Like the other 1502’s, the Emerald is equipped with the “Cigar Lock”. As we’ve mentioned in previous two 1502 reviews, the “Cigar Lock” is a slight amount of wrapper leaf tapering a millimeter or so over the foot of the cigar to help ensure an even burn. You can see 1502’s quick video about the “Cigar Lock” here. The wrapper smelled of must, leather, mineral and a white pepper tingle. Off the foot I picked up earth, white pepper and a general vegetal tobacco note. Once clipped there was an open draw of pear, paprika and vegetal tones.
From the outset, a vigorous cayenne pepper in terms of both flavor and sensation (mouth tingling) would command the profile for nearly the entire third. Directly behind the pepper were cedar and a citrus-like tingle. Lesser tones of earth, lavender and anise accompanied the other more commanding flavors. Towards the end of the first third, a very intense caramel flavor made its way to the foreground; it nearly ran parallel in terms of intensity with the cayenne. Cedar, lavender and cayenne pepper on a long, resonating finish. Medium body. Mild-medium strength.
The second third brought more balance to the Emerald. The cayenne pepper waned enough to where it didn’t seem nearly as sharp and biting as it did during the first third. Floral tones of lavender and anise continued to be consistent into the second third. While the earth dissipated entirely, the cedar remained at the same intensity. Notes of caramel and vanilla cream added a fair amount of sweetness, while a sensation that was right in-between a citrus and salty tingle added to the bitter-side of the spectrum. Citrus, salt, lavender and anise comprised another long finish. Medium body. Mild-medium strength.
During the final third, the cayenne pepper abated, becoming an undertone. Surprisingly, the predominant flavor happened to be the lime-like citrus. The saltiness remained present while the cedar deepened in flavor, becoming more of an oak. The sweetness diminished considerably from the previous third. In this third, only a light vanilla cream undercurrent continued to the end. Nutmeg made its first appearance, adding a degree of complexity to the profile. While the anise dwindled to nothing, the lavender notes persisted to the very end. Lime, oak and salt constituted another long finish. Medium body. Medium strength.
While not an overly spicy cigar, the 1502 Emerald exemplified qualities other than its pepper that denote a Santa Fe classification. Along with the cayenne pepper, the Emerald had a noticeable amount of floral-like spice throughout (lavender, anise). The cedar it exhibited during the first and second third make a case for a Santa Fe as well. Notes of salt, citrus, earth, caramel and vanilla cream were present at various points while smoking.
Personally, I enjoyed the Emerald more than the Ruby. To me it’s more balanced and the pepper is much more manageable towards the latter half of the cigar, whereas the Ruby was peppery throughout. Beyond the dominant pepper there was more complexity to the flavor with the Emerald, in turn making it more of an enjoyable experience for me. These cigars would probably be best paired with alcohol. I suffer from an affliction known as sobriety, but I’ve been told from those who drink that peppery cigars pair really well with alcohol.