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Thursday, June 15 2017

About Foundation

With a dedication and mission to provide the best hand-made cigars to connoisseurs around the world, Foundation Cigar Company has been able to deliver masterful blends that exhibit unparalleled quality with a keen sense of heart and passion. Behind the artistry is founder and master blender Nicholas Melillo AKA Nick R Agua. Many remember him for his tenure with the world renown Drew Estate, having coordinated the purchasing and blending of their massive Nicaraguan-based operation as executive vice president of international operations. With nearly twenty years of love and dedication to the tobacco industry, Melillo can skillfully combine timeless traditions with the styles of the modern-day cigar. Having traveled the globe on a mission to seek out the most exceptional tobacco, production of his cigars was established in the valley of Esteli, Nicaragua.

El Güegüense

Foundation Cigar Company’s debut occurred at the IPCPR convention in 2015, and soon after earned a spot in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 cigars of 2016. El Güegüense, or “The Wise Man”, takes its name after the satirical masterpiece of Nicaragua’s signature folklore that embodies their culture surrounding music, dance and theater. This medium to full bodied cigar features a blend of Cuban Criollo g8 and Corojo 99 varieties, and is harvested in the areas of Jalapa and Estelí. With a slight honey and pepper aroma and intense woody or cedar flavor, this rich cigar seeks to honor the great dance, or Gran Baile, that has been prevalent throughout Nicaraguan history.

Charter Oak

The Charter Oak cigar was born from the desire to create a delicious everyday smoke for cigar enthusiasts while keeping cost in mind. Featuring the most prized Cuban seed leaf varieties from the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua, this cigar originates in the same fertile valley in Connecticut that Nick Melillo was born and raised. Available with either the famous Connecticut shade or broadleaf wrapper, you can expect a mellow to medium strength smoke that burns slowly while emitting a satisfying aroma.

The Upsetters

Representing the future of infused-cigar smoking, The Upsetters features a unique blend of Jamaican cow tongue leaf and the finest Nicaraguan leaf through use of a tradition known as “Caribbean atmospheric herbal infusion”. Jamaica has a history of hailing the underdog, and upsetters are known as the rude boys who stirred things up, creating reggae music, fighting tyranny, and smoking old-style Jamaican cigars. Melillo travelled to Jamaica in 2015, in search for the finest tobacco and old style Jamaican blending techniques, and shortly after this exquisite cigar was born. In order to truly appreciate the incredible flavor that is offered by this cigar, you’ll have to try one for yourself.  

The Tabernacle

A Ligero Tobacco House favorite, the Tabernacle is Foundation Cigar Company’s newest release. Featuring a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, it contains a blend of Mexican San Andrés binder and filler tobacco from Honduras (Jamastran Valley) and Nicaragua (Estelí & Jalapa Valley). Upon lighting, you will notice the smoke is heavy from the get go with a firm draw, producing a black pepper spice flavor with hints of dessert chocolate and expresso on the palate. The Tabernacle is an excellent choice for enthusiasts who can appreciate a bold yet flavorful cigar.


Nicholas Melillo of Foundation Cigar Company will be joining us at Ligero Tobacco House this Saturday June 17th from 3-7PM. Stop by for a chance to chat with the genius cigar blender, and take advantage of the cigar deals that will be offered. As always, you may be compelled to also enjoy a cup of our authentic café Cubano (Cuban coffee) along with your cigar!



    Many of the spectcaular cigar photos on this site courtesy of Tom Cremers of Cigarleaves Photography. Thank you Tom.

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