On July 5th, 2017, Foundation Cigar Company announced the release of The Wise Man (El Güegüense) Maduro for the 2017 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Convention and Tradeshow. Here’s the press release:
“Foundation Cigar Company announces the release of The Wise Man (El Güegüense) Maduro, for IPCPR 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. The release provides for a line extension to Foundation’s premier brand released during IPCPR 2015, where the Nicaraguan puro enjoyed a highly successful launch, going on to find inclusion in Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list for 2016. The cigars will be available in twenty-five count boxes in five traditional Cuban box press sizes and are being produced at TABSA in Esteli, Nicaragua.
The varieties will include a 5 1⁄2 x 50 Robusto, a 5 5/8 x 46 Corona Gorda, a 6 x 56 Toro Huaco, a 7 x 48 Churchill, and a 6 1⁄4 x 52 Torpedo. The cigars will be priced in the retail range of $9-$13 USD.
Foundation Cigar Company President and master blender, Nicholas Melillo, blended The Wise Man(El Güegüense) Maduro using Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from Condega, Esteli, and Jalapa and covered the cigar with a beautiful, oily, and dark San Andrés Mexican Maduro wrapper. This was done to create an independent and unique flavorful profile from the original El Güegüense. ‘We are overwhelmed with how El Güegüense has been received in the market place. It is an honor for people to recognize a project that personally means so much to me and the Nicaraguan people.’ says Melillo. ‘I was looking to create a line extension with a whole different level of complexity and the San Andrès wrapper brings just that. The blend encompasses bold flavors of black pepper, dark roast espresso and cacao. Medium plus in body and strength and rounded out with a nutty finish. I have always been drawn to San Andrés, Mexico and have been buying tobacco there since 2003. The wrapper is one of my favorites, not to mention one of the oldest seed varieties in the world, which predates even Cuban seed. The combination of this unique capa and Nicaraguan fillers makes for an amazingly flavorful smoke. This cigar is a tribute to Nicaragua, its culture, its people, its land and the bridge between old world traditions and the new,’ said Nicholas Melillo.
The Wise Man Maduro will debut at the IPCPR 2017 this July in Las Vegas. The cigars will be available in stores in September of 2017.
About Foundation Cigar Company
Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Güegüense , The Wise Man, which was awarded Cigar Aficionado top 25 cigars of 2016. The company launched The Tabernacle, Charter Oak , and the infused line, The Upsetters, in 2016. Foundation’s home offices reside in the Connecticut River Tobacco valley and it’s production in Esteli, Nicaragua. Foundation Cigar Company’s goal is to bring top quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world.
Here are a few photos of the newly released cigar:
Smokey and I met Nick at a Cigar Safari a few years ago when we visited Drew Estate. Simply put, he is a cigar genius! We both look forward to trying the new cigar.