Review: The Upsetters by Foundation Cigar Company

After a trip to Kingston, Jamaica for Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, Nick Melillo started searching Jamaica for cigar tobacco. Nick created The Upsetters using a traditional Caribbean technique of herbal infusion, with both Jamaican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos.

The red, gold and green packaging on The Upsetters is an homage to reggae culture. The art on the inside of the box is inspired by Jamaican movie cult classic “The Harder They Come”.

Distributed through Miami Cigar & Company, The Upsetters is available in 8 different vitolas and 4 different wrapper variations. All the size and wrapper options include Nicaraguan and Jamaican filler.

Candela wrapper: Para El Sapo (Torpedo, 4-1/2x38x54)

Connecticut Shade wrapper: SKA (4x32), The Skipper (4-1/2x38x54), Small Axe (4-1/2x40), Rock Steady (7x48)

Sumatra wrapper: Django (5x54)

Maduro wrapper: Zola (6x52), The Original Rude Boy (6x60)


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


Vitola: Django (Robusto Grande)

Size:  5” x 54 Ring Gauge”

Wrapper: Sumatra

Binder: Not disclosed

Filler: Nicaraguan, Jamaican (Cow Tongue Leaf)

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One each

Price Point:

Cigar Purchased: Manufacturer’s Samples

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


“With 4 wrapper variations and 8 different vitolas, it would be impossible for a single cigar to represent the entire Upsetters line.”




Check out my video review here:



The nose on The Upsetters is vanilla, herbs, with some English pipe tobacco notes out of the foot.

Using a v-cut the draw is a bit resistant but well in the acceptable range.

My initial draws reveal a sweet cap which I would describe as raw sugar. There’s some dry cedar, with subtle pipe tobacco notes on the retrohale. As the first third settles in there’s a bit of a drying mouthfeel, and I’m finding it challenging to detect tobacco nuances as the sweet cap is taking over the profile. At the halfway point of the first third I do get some hay. With the first third winding down I’m getting a floral note.



No flavor transitions to remark on as The Upsetters Django settles into the middle third. The floral note did drop off once the middle third established itself, but is very prominent on the retrohale overwhelming the pipe tobacco notes. At the halfway point the herbs I was picking up on the nose start to show up here.

Moving into the final third there’s some subtle earthiness on the profile. I wasn’t able to detect anything new through the rest of the final third.

Total smoking time 1 hour and 1 minute.

Overall The Upsetters Django wasn’t a big hit for my palate. I was hoping for some unique notes from the Jamaican tobacco, but the sweet cap was quite dominant through the review. The herbal notes that did show up in the middle third were balanced and tasty.

With 4 wrapper variations and 8 different vitolas, it would be impossible for a single cigar to represent the entire Upsetters line. I definitely want to revisit this cigar in the Connecticut Shade and Maduro wrappers to see how they perform.


Surgeon’s Rating:  81 AKA “If I Had Them”

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Comment by RobbyRas on October 18, 2016 at 11:41am

the D is silent brotha... Jango... like Fett or Unchained...

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on October 18, 2016 at 11:52am
It was my Django unchained reference. At least someone got it...
Comment by Sam C. on October 18, 2016 at 9:12pm
Nice review, Surge. I'm sure the infused folks will enjoy them.


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