Date: September 2020
Author: Inspector Z

Foundation adds third Charter Oak line. The new blend is to be released this month. At first in the United States, followed by the international markets in which Foundation Cigars is distributed. Just like the Charter Oak Shade and the Charter Oak Maduro, the cigars are made in Esteli, Nicaragua. At Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars.

“I am happy to have been able to blend a beautiful Habano wrapper into an expansion of the Charter Oak line, filling the profile gap between the CT Shade and the CT Broadleaf,” said Nick Melillo in a press release. “This is a medium-bodied, spicy blend with amazing flavor at a great value.” Melillo is the founder of Foundation cigars. Before starting Foundation Cigars he was working for Drew Estate. During his tenure at Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, he earned the nickname Chief of Broadleaf. 

Ministry of Cigars - Foundation adds third Charter Oak line

The blend and sizes

The Charter Oak Habano is available in six different sizes. All come in boxes of 20 cigars, except for the Torpedo. The sizes are 5 1/4 x42 Petite Corona, 4 ½ x50 Rothschild, and 6¼ x46 Lonsdale. Then there is a 6×52 Toro and a Torpedo with the same size. Finally, there is a 6×60 Grande.

The filler and binder come from Nicaragua. The wrapper is Habano from Ecuador. Just like the other two blends, the filler tobaccos are all Nicaraguan. The new Charter Oak Habano and the Charter Oak Maduro also feature a Nicaraguan binder. The Charter Oak Shade features an Indonesian binder. The wrapper from the Shade is Connecticut Shade. The Maduro is Connecticut Broadleaf. And the latest release sports a Habano wrapper from Ecuador.

Charter Oak

In 2016, Foundation Cigars introduced the Charter Oak lines. It pays tribute to an oak tree in Hartford, Connecticut. It stood there for 700 years until the mid-1800s. It is a historical symbol for Connecticut. Foundation Cigars is located in Connecticut. It’s also the birth state of Nick Melillo and the foundation of his attraction for Connecticut (broadleaf) tobacco. It makes sense that if someone pays tribute to Connecticut and the Charter Oak, that it’s Foundation cigars.

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