Foundation Cigar Company is set to introduce their first true limited brand at the IPCPR trade show, held in Las Vegas later this week. While the company has offered limited sizes and packaging formats of pre-existing brands in the past, this year’s debut is a new twist for the Connecticut-based company.

The cigar is dubbed Menelik, translating to mean Son of the Wise Man, as well as being the name given to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba’s son. With Foundation’s two most premiere brands being themed around Nicaragua’s The Wise Man (El Güegüense) and King Solomon’s ties to the Biblical Tabernacle (The Tabernacle), Menelik arrives with plenty of conceptual depth befitting of the lore Foundation has worked to create over the past four years.

Menelik first debuted as an event-only cigar in 2017, where the cigars were packaged in five-packs that could not be purchased—only handed out by Foundation owner Nick Melillo. But the cigars are now being produced in larger numbers, being rolled in a singular 4½” x 52 soft-box-pressed petit robusto format. The blend consists of a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 binder (grown in Jalapa), and all-Nicaraguan fillers that have been sourced from each of the country’s three primary growing regions (Estelí, Condega, Jalapa). Finally, Menelik has been finished with a pigtail cap.

The cigars will debut at IPCPR later this week, with small batches of the cigars being rolled and shipped quarterly moving forward; the first ship date is slated for August 2019.

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Foundation Cigar Company Menelik packaging

Menelik Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Corojo ’99 (Jalapa, Nicaragua)
  • Filler: Nicaraguan (Estelí | Condega | Jalapa)
  • Factory: N/A
  • Production: Small Batch
  • Packaging: 12-ct boxes
  • Vitola: 4½″ × 52 (Petit Robusto)
  • Price: $13.00 (MSRP)
  • Release: August 2019
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