5
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# 3

The Tabernacle

Battles: 415

Wins: 77%

Score: 96

The Tabernacle

Cigar enthusiasts got exactly what they wanted from newcomer Foundation Cigar Co. at the 2016 IPCPR show. Brand owner Nick Melillo "The Chief of Broadleaf" is best known for his full-powered Connecticut Broadleaf blends, previously contributing on Drew Estate's ultra-popular Liga Privada series (also using Broadleaf), before introducing his own company in 2015.

Foundation's sophomore release delivers, bringing Nick's prowess for the dark and gnarly tobacco of his home state of Connecticut. The blend is complimented by a diverse blend, including a Mexican binder and fillers from multiple regions of Nicaragua and Honduras. Nick has also switched factories from TABSA to Tabacalera Fernandez (à la AJ Fernandez) - as his strategy has been described as utilizing the strengths from various factories for each release.

cigar Breakdown

Broadleaf, USA

Wrapper

Maduro

Shade

San Andrés, Mexico

Binder

Honduras

Nicaragua

Filler tobacco countries

Foundation Cigar Company

Company

Tabacalera A.J. Fernández Cigars de Nicaragua

Factory

Regular

Production

2016

Release year

$ 8.00 - $ 11.50

Price

strength6/10
body8/10
flavor8/10

Core flavors

HickoryChocolateEarthSyrupCinnamonFudgeEspressoBlack PepperDark Chocolate