Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars – Highclere Castle Victorian Toro – Rated 93

This year at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, Nick Melillo and his Foundation Cigar Co. doubled down and released a follow-up to the award winning 2017 Highclere Castle. This time it is a Ecuadorian Habano Maduro cigar known as the Highclere Castle Victorian. In the press release prior to the show, the company Read more about Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars – Highclere Castle Victorian Toro – Rated 93[…]

Cigar News: Foundation Cigars Release a Short Film – “Seed to Cigar”

Foundation Cigars has just released a short film on the process of going from Seed to Cigar. The film is a time lapsed view into all the hands that are involved in bringing some of the finest premium cigars to market. According to the release: “Foundation Cigar Company is always exploring exciting ways to shake Read more about Cigar News: Foundation Cigars Release a Short Film – “Seed to Cigar”[…]

Cigar News: Foundation Cigar Co. announces the Tabernacle Havana Seed CT 142 Lancero

Originally released one year ago at the 2018 IPCPR, the Tabernacle Havana Seed #142 created a stir in the cigar world as aficionados clamored for the unique combination of spicy and sweet tones that gave this cigar its unmistakable rich flavor. The #142 has so far offered consumers four sizes to enjoy; a 6 x Read more about Cigar News: Foundation Cigar Co. announces the Tabernacle Havana Seed CT 142 Lancero[…]

Cigar News: Foundation Cigars Brings the full Upsetters Line to Market

Inspired by the revolutionary artistry of Jamaica’s legendary musicians, Foundation Cigar Company is proud to share its world-class designs by the company’s own creative laboratory (The ATOL Collective) in what is the fulfillment, and the foundation, of The Upsetters cigars.    The Upsetters cigars were developed by Nicholas Melillo out of a decades-long love for Read more about Cigar News: Foundation Cigars Brings the full Upsetters Line to Market[…]

Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars Wise Man Maduro Lancero – Rated 97

This time last year, we were wrapping up our selection for the best Boutique Cigar of 2017, and when all was said and done it was the Foundation Cigars Wise Man Maduro Torpedo that took the top slot. There were numerous other accolades given to Foundation Cigars owner Nick Melillo for his Wise Man Maduro Read more about Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars Wise Man Maduro Lancero – Rated 97[…]

Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142

Cigar News: Foundation Cigars Starts Shipping Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142

Through Email Blasts and Social Media Posts, Foundation Cigar Co. has announced they have begun shipping the new Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142. The cigar was announced at this years IPCPR and the is of the most anticipated cigars for 2018. In the announcement the company quotes the most recent Cigar Insider article:  “Blending The Read more about Cigar News: Foundation Cigars Starts Shipping Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142[…]

The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT. No. 142

Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 – Rated 97

It has been three months since we presented Nick Melillo the award for the Stogie Press #1 Boutique Cigar of the 2017. The award for the excellent craftsmanship, and superb blend, of the Wise Man Maduro. Those that have enjoyed that cigar probably don’t disagree with our assessment. Now, here we are, 3 months later, Read more about Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 – Rated 97[…]

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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 Read more about Stogie Press Presents Foundation CIgars #1 Boutique Cigar of 2017 at the IPCPR[…]

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 Read more about Foundation Cigars Joins the Lancero Downpour[…]

The Tabernacle Lancero

Foundation Cigar Co. The Tabernacle Lancero Cigar Review -Rated 96

Back in August of 2016, I had the pleasure of reviewing the The Tabernacle Toro cigar which was one of the fantastic blends Nick Melillo introduced at the 2016 IPCPR.  So when my good friend and Stogie Press associate, Alton Otto, gifted me some Lanceros of The Tabernacle. I have to say I was grateful for Read more about Foundation Cigar Co. The Tabernacle Lancero Cigar Review -Rated 96[…]

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 Read more about Foundation Highclere Castle Cigar Review[…]

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 Read more about Foundation Wise Man Maduro Guest Cigar Review[…]

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 Read more about Rick Ardito to Join Foundation Cigar Company as Executive Brand Manager for THE UPSETTERS[…]