October 2023

Foundation Cigar Co. has unveiled two new cigar offerings, the Charter Oak Pegnataro and Charter Oak Pasquale, which have commenced their journey to retailers as of this Monday. These exquisite cigars are the brainchild of brand owner Nick Melillo and are a heartfelt homage to his grandfathers and the state of Connecticut, where the diverse wrappers are cultivated and where the company proudly calls home.

Nick Melillo fondly reflects on the inspiration behind these creations, sharing, “My love for handmade cigars exists only because of my grandfathers. One was an avid Connecticut broadleaf smoker, and the other cherished Connecticut shade.”

Both cigars, sporting a size of 5 1/2 inches by 48 ring gauge, feature a distinctive pigtail cap and are delicately pressed. However, the defining characteristic that sets them apart lies in their wrappers. The Charter Oak Pegnataro, offering a medium-bodied experience, showcases a Connecticut shade wrapper that envelops its core, while the robust and full-bodied Pasquale is swathed in a dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. To complete the composition, these cigars are crafted with Nicaraguan components, featuring a Jalapa binder and a blend of fillers from Estelí and Jalapa.

Nick Melillo affirms that these new blends exhibit a heightened richness and complexity compared to the core Charter Oak lines, promising aficionados an intriguing and multifaceted smoking experience.

Crafted in Nicaragua under the watchful eye of the renowned A.J. Fernandez, these cigars are priced at a suggested retail cost of $13 per cigar or $156 for a 12-count box (excluding taxes). The Charter Oak Pegnataro and Charter Oak Pasquale are poised as limited production offerings, with quarterly releases of 500 boxes of each. This limited availability accentuates the exclusivity and desirability of these remarkable additions to the Foundation Cigar Co. portfolio.

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