The Foundation Cigar Company has spent the last twenty years building its empire. While never forgetting the essential principles that make a great smoke. Starting at the tail end of the cigar boom, the brand sought to distinguish itself by combining the old world principles. The same principles that for many define tobacco paired with cutting edge techniques of the modern age.

One can’t talk about Foundation without mentioning founder Nicholas Melillo. A long time tobacco smoker, Melillo has devoted his life to the art of blending. So much so that he’s attained the title of Master Blender.

That dedication is tangible in every one of his blends. This is exactly why Foundation has gained such critical praise in such a short amount of time. Even reaching the highest honor for any maker of premium cigars.

That honor is the coveted Top 25 Cigar list. Created annually by the experts at Cigar Aficionado. The Wise Man Maduro Robusto ended up scoring an outstanding 95 point rating. As well as taking the number three spot for 2018’s Top 25.

Described as medium-full bodied in profile. The Wise Man Maduro was praised as a meaty smoke with subtle hints of beef stock. Which melds well with its powerful notes of oak and vanilla. As well as an ever present earthy flavor throughout.

More recently, the Highclere Castle Victorian Toro made the number twenty one spot for 2020’s Top 25. Foundation was commissioned to create the cigar line a tie in for the television series Downtown Abbey. While most manufacturers would phone a cigar made to tie into a tv show, Foundation never settles.

Melilio made sure only the best Nicaraguan fillers were used to create the Highclere. Any doubts were silenced on the first draw. The stick ended up eclipsing the very show that inspired it! Thanks to the majestic notes of caramel, graham cracker, and black pepper in its medium profile.

By cultivating relationships with the best tobacconists on the planet. The group has quickly acquired a reputation for its growing line of exquisite, artisanal smokes. From Charter Oak to Wise man to Tabernacle. It’s no wonder the brand is popping up in Cigar shops across the world.

Foundation offers a lavish buffet of curated flavors that is sure please the experienced palate. If you’re curious, check out our many cigar samplers for a taste of what makes Foundation Cigars special.

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