To understand Foundation Cigar Co., first you need to know a little history behind its creator, Nick Melillo. Nick ventured to Estelí, Nicaragua in 2003 to work directly under Jonathan Drew at Drew Estate. Nick quickly moved up the ranks, and after 11 years of living & working in Nicaragua, he became an integral member of the DE team, working on blends such as the Liga Privada No. 9, Liga Privada T52, Nica Rustica, and many more.
In 2014 Nick left Drew Estate to pursue his own ventures, this has been realized in the form of the recently-launched Foundation Cigar Co., debuting their brand and first cigar release at the 2015 IPCPR show to much fanfare. The cigar is named El Güegüense (pronounced "El-Wah-Wen-Say”), taking its name and inspiration from Nicaraguan heritage - it translates to “The Wise Man”, which is a famous Nicaraguan satirical drama created in the 16th century.
For El Güegüense, Nick has built the blend from the ground up, saturated with his appreciation for the Nicaraguan culture. Everything from the cigar’s concept, to the packaging, and blend is distinctly Nicaraguan. For this Nicaraguan puro blend, the cigar uses a Corojo 99 wrapper over a Jalapa binder & fillers of Criollo and Corojo tobaccos from 2011 and 2012 vintages. This is no doubt a complex smoking experience, having a classic profile with a modern punch of flavor, a must-try cigar!
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