Charter Oak cigars are an affordably-priced premium cigar edition from Nicholas Melillo that reaffirms his passion for U.S. Connecticut cigar tobacco in both shade-grown and broadleaf maduro selections. Produced at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars in Nicaragua, the core blend consists of fillers from the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua, with a Sumatra binder for the shade version, and a Nicaraguan Habano binder for the broadleaf.
As for the name, Charter Oak, Melillo says, "I wanted to choose a name that represents the greatest symbol of my home state of Connecticut, the Charter Oak." As seen in the cigar's graphics, the Charter Oak has a long and interesting history. The tree began growing sometime during the 12th century on a plot located on what is now downtown Hartford, where Native Americans cultivated tobacco nearby and held councils beneath its massive branches. Today, Connecticut's Charter Oak stands as one of the great symbols of American Independence. Charter Oak also pays tribute to Melillo's grandfather who, after WWII, worked for Winchester Repeating Arms in New Haven, and smoked locally-grown and manufactured broadleaf tobacco cigars, exclusively.
The Connecticut Shade blend offers an ultra-creamy smoke with notes of cedar, charred oak, sweet tobacco, nuts, and peppery spice, while the Broadleaf maduro offers an equally creamy and slightly more complex smoke that issues notes of earth, oak, cream, cocoa, espresso, caramel, walnuts, and pepper.
If you're looking for great every day-every occasion cigar with top-flight construction and a lot more flavor, a Charter Oak is growing for you here in Easton, PA.