Ruby by 1502 (House of Emilio)


Price – Generously submitted for review by House of Emilio (Online retail approximately $7-8)
Beverage – Coca-Cola
Size – Box Pressed Toro (6 X 50)
Strength – Upper Level Demi (2.5/4)
Rating – Rambo (7/10)


The only thing I was able to find on the 1502 website is that the Ruby has an Ecuadorian wrapper and some Nicaraguan tobacco under the hood.

I’ve probably killed the whole transportation thing and stopping at different Emilio destinations so we will just say that this is my first 1502 cigar. Here are my thoughts:

1) Good burn, easy draw, good construction. I smoked the Ruby down to my finger tips and did not have an issue.

2) I’m calling the Ruby an upper level Demi because I think this is a lower level medium-full cigar. However, I would venture to guess that some smokers might find the Ruby to be a more full body. If you’re looking for a knock me down cigar this is not it, but if you’re looking for a good stick with a little kick, the Ruby fits the bill.

3) Besides the impeccable construction, the flavors of the Ruby really impressed me. I found there to be notes of pepper, a touch of sweetness, and an almost cherry like flavor hit me at points for the lack of a better description.

4) My smoke time was one hour and fifteen minutes

Now to the two questions:

1) Would I smoke it again? Yes

2) Would I give it humidor space? Yes

After smoking the Ruby for the first time, I was left thinking that it wasn’t bad but I was not left with enough conviction for a definitive rating. The second time was the charm and I really enjoyed the flavor complexity and awesome construction. Although the Ruby wasn’t the best cigar that I’ve smoked out the Emilio portfolio thus far, it is certainly the most unique. All in all, I wouldn’t call these box worthy cigars, but at under $8/stick online they are worth having in the humidor.

Thank you Emilio!