Unwrapping this cigar, I’m trying not to get my hopes up about this experience. An interesting concoction of brown sugar, raisin, curry, and chili powder is presented on the foot. The wrapper is mottled, rustic, and features the infamous Fuente glue. A cold draw is intoxicatingly sweet with just a tingle of spice pinging the tongue.
The pre-light aroma from the foot brings me back to Christmas morning years ago. I used to always get my Dad a box of Cherry Cordials (lame, I know) and the foot of 1502 XO is just like Cherry Cordials. The pregnant Domestic Engineer agrees and her nose is usually more accurate than mine. A cold draw is even more fascinating, imparting notes of the same cherry cordial but this time it’s alcohol infused.
The wrapper on this cigar truly is beautiful. It’s dark, rich, toothy, and glistening with oils. Phenomenal presentation, even if the bands look like they were made in Microsoft Paint. I’m digging the slightly square-ish box press as well.
I was so excited to sit down and spend some time with this cigar today! This was my first experience with a true Davidoff, and I couldn’t have asked for more. Easily a contender for Top 3 Cigars of 2015.
Pre-light: The wrapper has a few splotches on it, and seems to be have been applied poorly in a couple places. No biggie though, as I’m reminded almost daily – these are handmade cigars. Shit happens. The wrapper is giving off an incredible aroma though! The Domestic Engineer says it reminds her of chocolate and cedar. I’m getting more marshmallow sweetness with white chocolate and the tiniest bit of cedar.
Today we’ll be reviewing the San Cristobal Ovation with Clinton. Super stoked about it, and amped to be here with this outstanding BOTL to provide a well-rounded review for everyone! Clinton described the Ovation last week as his favorite cigar from this year’s IPCPR conference in July. Although I have mixed feelings for Ashton’s San Cristobal line, I’ve only heard great things regarding the Ovation.