Nick Melillo

Stogie Press Presents Foundation CIgars #1 Boutique Cigar of 2017 at the IPCPR

We have finally made it home from the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show and I have been going through the many photos and videos we took during the event. To begin our coverage of this years show I would like to start with the presentation of the 2017 Boutique Cigar of the Year. One of our[…]

Foundation Cigars Joins the Lancero Downpour

As I have noted in past news, 2018 is going to be the year of the lancero, at first I thought it was just raining lanceros, but now I think it is a downpour as more cigar brands are filling out the portfolios of their most popular blends with the long-lost lancero vitola. The latest[…]

The Stogie Press 2017 Top 25 Boutique Cigars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 1, 2018 What a year 2017 has been. Even with the FDA regulations there was a plethora of new releases and even though we didn’t smoke them all, those we did, showcased the amazing skill and craft of so many cigar makers and factories. This years competition was tight and making[…]

2017 Top 25 Boutique Cigars Candidates 10 – 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22,  2017 We are moving into Christmas weekend and that means it is time for the next 5 candidates for the Stogie Press 2017 Top 25 Boutique Cigars and that also means there are only 10 more candidates to select before the end of the month. So without further fanfare let me[…]

Foundation Highclere Castle Cigar Review

Back in March of 2015, Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced, Season 6 would be the final season of the hit drama series Downton Abbey. Interestingly, 2015 was the year Nicholas Melillo (Nick-R-Agua), the former head of Drew Estate Nicaragua, formed the Foundation Cigar Company. Now here we are in 2017 and we learn there is a[…]

Foundation Wise Man Maduro Guest Cigar Review

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Zachary Riley, who has been a fervent reader of Stogie Press and recently contacted me to see if he could pen a review for publication. I have to say, he is a well informed cigar smoker.  We chatted for a bit this past weekend, and decided he would write his inaugural[…]

A. Flores 1975 Gran Reserva Desflorada

2016 Top Connecticut Cigars –

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2017 Once again, Stogie Press brings you our pick of the top Connecticut cigars for the past year. We created this category because Connecticut wrapped cigars don’t always get the recognition they deserve. Although many think these blonde beauties are mild compared to their darker brethren, that is not always the[…]

Foundation Cigar Charter Oak

Foundation Cigars Charter Oak – Rough Cut Cigar Review

I have always said, what this country needs is a good $5.00 premium cigar. While the industry has largely been marketing $8.00 to $12.00 cigars in recent years, partly due, to the arbitrary $10.00 price point the FDA and the increase demand for tobacco. The FDA price point is now moot since they did not[…]

Foundation Cigar Company "The Tabernacle"

Foundation Cigar Co. The Tabernacle – Rough Cut Cigar Review

The Foundation Cigar Company is brainchild of Nicholas Melillo who you may or may not know. Nicholas, a refined world traveler, forged together, his lifetime passions, cigars and international business, when he joined Drew Estate in 2003. Working through the ranks for 11 years,  Nicholas became a partner in the company and a true cigar blender. He was the[…]

Rick Ardito to Join Foundation Cigar Company as Executive Brand Manager for THE UPSETTERS

Rick Ardito to Join Foundation Cigar Company as Executive Brand Manager for THE UPSETTERS Southbury, CT – July 8, 2016 – Rick Ardito has officially joined Foundation Cigar Company as Brand Manager, for the highly anticipated July 2016 release of Nick Melillo’s exciting new brand, “The Upsetters.” Ardito brings a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience[…]

Foundation Cigars Upsetters

Miami Cigar Co. to Distribute Upsetters brand by Foundation Cigar Co.

Miami Cigar Co. to Distribute the Highly Anticipated Upsetters brand by Foundation Cigar Co. Southbury, CT July 5th, 2016 – Nicholas Melillo, owner of Foundation Cigar Company formally announces the appointment of Miami Cigar Company as the Exclusive Distributor for the long awaited UPSETTERS brand set for release just prior to the 2016 IPCPR Show[…]