Something different to add to your list of must-smokes: the entire lineup of Foundation Cigar Company cigars. But Foundation is not your average Nicaraguan boutique, as there are at least two big names behind the company’s success: Nicholas Melillo – aka Nick R. Agua and AJ Fernandez. Nicholas Melillo is a former member of the Drew Estate management team, and his experience at one of the top factories in Central America has paid dividends…purchasing tobacco for DE and having had a hand in some of the blending process of their cigars, Nick has world-class cred when it comes to purchasing the finest cigar tobaccos on the market to make his blends; in a word, they’re complex. He’s also a native of Connecticut, renowned worldwide for its tobaccos. And now it all comes together in Foundation Cigars.
There are many cigar factories in Nicaragua, but Nick chose to rely on the one and only AJ Fernandez to help him produce his cigars:
El Gueguense debuted in 2015, finding a spot on the Top 25 Cigars of the Year list within its first year. “The Wise Man” is full bodied, cedar aged and big in spicy flavor. Highly rated, too.
The Tabernacle is made with Connecticut broadleaf tobacco, smoking dark, sweet and flavorful. It’s Nick’s love note to Broadleaf, which was used to great effect during his days at Drew Estate – and it’s where he gets an assist from AJ Fernandez’ spicy Nicaragua-grown filler blend, accented with San Andres binder. There’s a backstory with this one that’s worth checking out.
Charter Oak is Foundation Cigar Company’s nod to their Connecticut roots, offered in either broadleaf or shade – again, made at the AJ Fernandez factory and a Foundation cigar that has a very unique history.
For the Upsetters, the flavor of Jamaican tobacco makes its historic return. Jamaican tobacco’s popularity and flavor rivaled that of Cuba; Foundation has brought it back, and melded old world flavor with the new school tastes coming out of Nicaragua.
Skill, experience and just straight-up good taste are evident in these Foundation Cigar Company cigars…pick your blend and find a new favorite among this highly-acclaimed boutique crowd today, here at Famous Smoke Shop!