Foundation Cigar
Menelik by Foundation Cigar

Vitola: Robusto
Length: 5.0
Gauge: 50

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Nicaragua
Blender/Creator: Nick Melillo
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
Country: Nicaragua
Purchase Source: Sellwood Cigar
Date Purchased: October 11, 2019
Price: $13.50
Date Smoked: November 21, 2022
Quantity: 0

Menelik by Foundation Cigar

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Foundation Cigar, Foundation Cigar Company, Foundation Cigars, Menelik, Mexican San Andres, Nicaragua, Nick MelilloFirst impressions run long…

My first perfect draw of the Menelik cigar by Foundation Cigars gave me mouthfuls of earthy black pepper tobacco flavors with a more than mild spice retrohale (it was there, but not too intrusive).

I’m impressed right off the bat with how smooth the draw is on this cigar.

At the halfway point, the flavors remain pretty much the same except for some cocoa trying to come through with a retrohale that has tamed down just a bit to round out it spicier edges.

The last third is delivering… deep rich tobacco flavors that would usually bring me back for more. The retrohale has tamed down a bit and I’m fine with that. I have another that I’ll let rest for a while and then we’ll see what happens.

Stay Smoky
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The Experience

Ash: Even
Draw: Perfect
Smoke Output: Thick
Flavor: Earthy
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium/Full
Finish: Complex
Value: Fair
Overall Rating (1-5): 4

The Cigar

Chocolate: 1
Coffee: 1
Cream: 1
Earthy: 3
Leather: 1
Pepper: 3