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“El Wha-What-Now?!” you’re most certainly asking yourself. It’s certainly one of the most intimidating arrangement of characters that call themselves a cigar title. “It’s pronounced El way-when-say,” brand owner Nick Melillo reassures us.

Okay, enough with the dialogue… This cigar is the 1st creation to come out of Foundation Cigar Co., Nick’s 1st project after leaving Drew Estate in 2014. Nick worked out of Nicaragua with Drew Estate and brand-runner Jonathan Drew for 11 years before branching out on his own! He’s best known for his work on blends such as Liga Privada No. 9, T52, UF-13 Dark, JD4, L40, Dirty Rat, Feral Flying Pig, Undercrown Dogma, and Nica Rustica.

El Güegüense comes out of Nicaragua, which is sort of Nick’s thing, and the blend uses 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos. All this, and the cigar’s concept is based on, you guessed it, Nicaraguan culture. It’s safe to classify this one in the Nicaraguan category…

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 (Jalapa)
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 (Jalapa)
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 99 – Criollo 98 (Jalapa & Estelí)
  • Factory: TABSA (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Small batch, regular production
  • Packaging: 25-ct box
  • Price: $10 – $12