April 2023

Foundation Cigar Co. has recently announced that their high-quality, handcrafted cigars will now be distributed in the United Kingdom by 1573 Cigars, a new distribution company. The name of the distributor references 1573, the year that cigars arrived on British soil.

Nicholas Melillo, owner of Foundation Cigars, expressed his excitement about the partnership in a press release, saying “I am very excited to open the British market with 1573. We share the same passion for this industry, and they understand Foundation’s core principles.”

Melillo is a well-known cigar maker in the premium cigar industry, and the founder and owner of the Foundation Cigar Company. He started his career at the Calabash Shoppee, a cigar shop in his home state of Connecticut, at the age of 18. Melillo went on to work for Drew Estate, where he developed some of their most popular blends.

In 2015, he founded the Foundation Cigar Company with the aim of creating unique and flavorful cigars that would appeal to both novice and experienced smokers. Melillo’s expertise in tobacco growing and blending, along with his commitment to using only the finest quality tobacco in his cigars, has resulted in complex and flavorful blends that focus on rich, nuanced flavors and a balance of strength and complexity.

One of Melillo’s signature blends, El Güegüense, was named consensus cigar of the year in 2015 and made Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list. The Maduro version, The Wise Man, was named #3 Cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado and the Charter Oak #1 Best Buys of 2018. Melillo’s other notable blends include the Tabernacle, which features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos.

Melillo is highly regarded in the premium cigar industry for his expertise and dedication to the craft of cigar making. He has traveled extensively throughout Central America and the world, visiting tobacco farms and learning from some of the most experienced cigar makers in the world. In addition to his work as a cigar maker, Melillo is also an advocate for the premium cigar industry and has been active in lobbying efforts to protect the rights of cigar smokers and makers.

With this new distribution partnership in the UK, cigar enthusiasts in the country will now have access to Foundation Cigars’ exceptional blends. George Frakes, Winston Marshall, and Damien O’Donohoe, the founders of 1573 Cigars, expressed their pride in being Foundation Cigars’ UK distributor. Frakes stated, “I can state with every fiber of my being that these are, without doubt, the finest cigars produced today.”

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