Review: Foundation Cigars The Tabernacle

When I think Nick Melillo, I think Connecticut Broadleaf.  So, naturally, I was rather pumped when I heard that Foundation Cigars was introducing the Broadleaf wrapped Tabernacle at IPCPR.

The Tabernacle hit stores in early August and is available in six sizes:

  • 4 1/2 x 52 Torpedo in 24 count boxes
  • 5 1/4  x 46 Corona in 24 count boxex
  • 5 x 50 Robusto in 24 count boxes
  • 6 x 52 Toro in 24 count boxes (featured in this review)
  • 7 x 54 Doble Corona in 24 count boxes
  • 7 x 40 Lancero in 13 count boxes

We caught up with Nick at IPCPR in Las Vegas.  Check out the interview below.

Foundation Cigars The Tabernacle

Size: 6 x 52

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Mexican San Andres

Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras

Factory: Tabacalera Fernandez

MSRP: $11.50

Cigars smoked for review: 2

Cigars for review were provided by Foundation Cigar Co.

Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System

Pre-Light: The Tabernacle is a beautiful cigar.  The band is ornate and really pops on the dark broadleaf wrapper.  Check out the video above for an explanation of the artwork.

The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper was rough to the touch and very rustic in appearance.  The wrapper smelled of earth and black peppercorn.  The cold draw was smooth and surprisingly sweet with notes of sweet cream and cedar.

Beginning:  The flavor profile started out earthy and rugged with a fair amount of red pepper spice on the retrohale.  The finish balanced thing out with notes of cedar and creamy milk chocolate.  The balance of earth on the palate, spice on the retro and sweetness on the finish was perfect.  This was the theme of the first third.  The only real change was the steady increase of spice on the retro.

Middle:  The spice peaked at the midpoint while the earth, cedar and milk chocolate intensified on the palate.  I can't say enough about the balance of flavor here.  The flavor was chewy and the finish supplied the sweetness, but the spice on the retro stole the show for me.  Normally I'm not a huge fan of spicy smokes, but there was something special about this one.

End:  The strength picked up quite a bit as the final third got going.  I'll admit, this one got me a little bit.  This is NOT a cigar to attack on an empty stomach.  The flavor profile maintained its beautiful balance with the spice abating a bit as things came to a close.  The wrapper split on me as I neared the band of the second sample, but it didn't impact the performance.  You can see the crack in the photos.  Other than that I have nothing but praise for The Tabernacle.

Final Thoughts:  The Tabernacle is a Cigar of the Year candidate.  It's a bit on the pricey side, but I'm 100% ok with paying for a sublime smoke like this one.  It's not an everyday cigar anyway.  The Tabernacle is a cigar that I would fire up every Friday or Saturday night after dinner.  I can't say enough about it and I can't wait to try a few different vitolas.

Rating: 95 AKA" Box Buy"

This is the cigar that broadleaf fans have been waiting for Nick to make.  The only questions is which vitola will the box be.  

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on August 11, 2016 at 6:51pm

Sounds right up my alley.....nice review Rob!

Comment by Jeff LaPlante on August 11, 2016 at 6:53pm

Nice review! Glad to hear this one has been worth the wait. Gotta get me some!

Comment by Trippopolis on August 11, 2016 at 6:57pm

man, I can't wait to get some now...

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on August 11, 2016 at 7:12pm

It is a wonderful cigar

Comment by MillerMan on August 11, 2016 at 8:48pm
Nicely done Rob, yea I'm gonna tick off the old lady when these come out

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on August 12, 2016 at 8:08am

Some crazy good cigars right out of the gate this year.

Comment by Matt Ross on August 12, 2016 at 8:27am

When I saw this came in a lancero, I practically creamed my pants with excitement, but I was left disappointed in the experience.

The next day I smoked the corona and it was a completely different cigar for me - I loved it.  One of the top two cigars I've had coming out of the show so far!

Comment by Jeff M. on August 12, 2016 at 11:20am
I'll definitely be trying these at my earliest opportunity.
Comment by Charlie on August 12, 2016 at 1:20pm

NICE! I'm surprised considering you like your cigars mild- 

Fantastic review as usual!

Comment by michael harvey on August 13, 2016 at 6:45am
Happy to see you like it as much as I do...


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