We all knew that Nicholas Melillo had been working on a cigar long before he announced Foundation Cigar Co. in June, but today the company officially announced its first line that will be showcased at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show. Named after the first literary work of post-Columbian Nicaragua, the cigar is titled El Güegüense. Translated it means "The Wise Man," and it is a satirical drama that tells the story of El Güegüense and how he evades paying taxes to the Spanish government by outsmarting them. The drama/performance is very important in Nicaragua culture, and having so much love and respect for the country of Nicaragua it is a fitting title for Nicholas Melillo and Foundation Cigar Co.
The cigar itself is made in Esteli, Nicaragua at TABSA, the Nicaraguan factory for Casa Fernandez, and the cigar is composed of Criollo '98 and Corojo '99 tobacco from Jalapa and Esteli, Nicaragua. Both the wrapper and binders are Corojo '99 from Jalapa, and the filler blend is of Criollo '98 and Corojo '99 from Esteli and Jalapa. The cigar is being offered in five vitolas, and they are fairly traditional vitolas. The vitolas are-
The cigars will come in 25 count boxes, and Nicholas has described the cigar as being similar to a "Habanos when they are on." The company has used leaves from the third, forth, sixth and medio tiempo primings in the blend, and they were used to obtain optimum flavor, aroma and strength. This is possibly the most "traditional" blend that Nicholas has ever put out to the market, and with his skills, the skills of TABSA rollers and the AGANORSA tobacco, it is sure to be a success.