There was a lot of excitement in 2015 when Nick Melillo announced he was starting  Foundation Cigar Company. His first release, the El Gueguense, was a great cigar but disappointed some who were expecting a Broadleaf wrapper from the “Chief of the Broadleaf”. The Tabernacle and Charter Oak 2016 cigars prominently feature Broadleaf wrappers.

Nick described the Charter Oak as his homage to Connecticut, and Nick’s grandfather. The box features the Charter Oak tree, discovered in the 12th century in what is now Hartford.

Available as a Connecticut Shade or Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, it is available in five sizes. The Rothschild (4-1/2x50), Petite Corona (5-1/4x42), Lonsdale (6-1/4x46), Toro (6x52),  and the Grande (6x60).

All cigars will be priced with an MSRP of $4.00 – $6.00.


Check out our interview with Nick Melillo at IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas:


Vitola: Petite Corona

Size: 5-1/4 x 42 Ring Gauge

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli, Jalapa)

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point: $5.00 MSRP

Cigar Purchased: 5 Pack from CigFed Store

Quick Note: For this review we used Logan’s rating system. You can view it in detail here.


“The Charter Oak Broadleaf is all that and a bag of chips at a price tag that has you doing a double take.”



 Check out my video review here:



The nose on the Charter Oak Broadleaf has lots of cedar, and raisin. I wasn’t able to get much out of the closed foot.

I found the draw on the Charter Oak was tight.

Very rich spices on the retrohale, followed by some creamy sweetness with some cedar. Some trailing pepper and what I detect as a toasted marshmallow. As the Charter Oak settles in there’s a rich nougat chocolate on the retrohale underneath the other flavors previously noted. There is some subtle post draw leather serving to round things out. The toasted marshmallow develops into a creamy marshmallow, with a great mouthfeel.



As the Charter Oak moves into the middle third the creamy marshmallow starts to fall out and the spices pick up in complexity. There’s a subtle sour citrus note that serves to push that nougat chocolate flavor more to the forefront. At the halfway point the creamy marshmallow comes back, although at a strength that makes it more of a supporting flavor.

Moving into the final third the sour citrus picks up and sits at the end of each draw, almost serving as a palate refresher.

Total smoking time 1 hour and 9 minutes.

I couldn’t put this cigar down during the review. I’m glad the draw was on the tight side, because I feel like it served to cool the burn down.

The Charter Oak Broadleaf is all that and a bag of chips at a price tag that has you doing a double take. I’ll be seeking more of these very soon.


Surgeon’s Rating:  93 AKA “Box Split”

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Comment by Shooter on September 13, 2016 at 6:03pm

Nice review!, thanks John

Comment by MillerMan on September 25, 2016 at 1:29pm
Good to know John, I will check it out


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