There is no surprise that Foundation Cigar Company founder, Nicholas Melillo, has a long-time passion, love, and intimate experience with Broadleaf tobacco. It is prominently featured in the company’s “The Tabernacle” blend which has been a big part of the company’s portfolio. Nick has a deep connection, as a native son, to Connecticut soil where this special leaf is grown
Out of reverence for the tobacco leaf, and tobacco tradition, the brand is named for the hallowed sanctuary of Hebrew scripture: The Tabernacle – which housed the Ark of the Covenant before the building of the Temple of Solomon.
For Foundation’s latest release, a two-size extension to the Tabernacle line, Melillo has again drawn on biblical inspiration to represent his life in tobacco and his commitment to the industry. Beginning next month, Foundation will begin shipping two new Perfectos both of which will be packaged in 25-count boxes.
- David (5 x 54) – MSRP $12.00
- Goliath (5 x 58) – MSRP $14.00
Foundation’s Tabernacle cigars are highly coveted for their bold, earthy profile with a natural sweetness. The David and Goliath in kind will feature the same blend:
- Wrapper – Rich Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder – San Andres
- Filler – Honduran (Jamastrán) and Nicaraguan (Jalapa and Estelí valleys)
As part of the the press release for this release. Melillo stated:
“Anyone who has smoked Connecticut cigar brands of old knows the Perfecto is a classic size. Back in the day it was the vitola of choice for connoisseurs. When it came time to create a line extension to the Tabernacle, the blend in these two sizes could not be ignored.
The Tabernacle blend in these two sizes deliver depth, complexity, body, and flavor. These sizes are special because they complement an amazing blend of some of the best tobaccos in the world.”
From the inception of the Tabernacle line, the artwork has paid tribute to the Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia featuring the likeness of Haile Selassie I, the kingdom’s monarch from 1930-1974. The biblical victory of David over Goliath has particular resonance with Ethiopia’s proud history as the only African nation to fend off colonial conquest.
Foundation’s art director, Thief Operandi, and I have always admired Ethiopian art and have studied it closely. Haile Selassie and the crown of Ethiopia trace its root to King David – and the story of his battle with Goliath is timeless.”
About Foundation Cigar Company
Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Güegüense, The Wise Man – Corojo, which was awarded among Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Top 25 Cigars’ of 2016. The Company launched The Tabernacle, Charter Oak, and the infused line, The Upsetters, in 2016. In 2018, The Wise Man Maduro was named #3 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado and The Charter Oak was named Best Value Cigar. Foundation’s home offices reside in the Connecticut River Tobacco Valley and its production in Estelí, Nicaragua. Foundation Cigar company’s goal is to bring top-quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world.