The list of 50th Anniversary collaborators for JR Cigar continues to grow. Now the company is joining forces with industry icon Nick Melillo and his team at Foundation Cigars for the release of a new version of Foundation’s first cigar — El Güegüense.

El Güegüense, Spanish for “The Wise Man,” is the name of a Nicaraguan dramatic theater piece from the 16th Century. It is one of the oldest indigenous works in the Western Hemisphere. Melillo chose the name in honor of his love of Nicaragua and its people. In 2020, Foundation released a 5th Anniversary edition of the El Güegüense with a slightly tweaked blend – and JR Cigar’s 50th Collector’s Edition is based on that special blend.

“It is an incredible honor to work with JR Cigar on this project and to bring a touch of Foundation Cigars to the 50th Celebration,” Melillo said. “El Güegüense was our first release and will always hold a special place in my heart, and seeing as how we just released a special 5th anniversary edition, I thought it would be perfect to turn this tweaked blend into something special for JR Cigar.“

Hand crafted in Nicaragua at the TABSA factory, the El Güegüense JR 50th uses aged Corojo ‘99 and Criollo ‘99 filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. The binder is a special Mexican San Andrés leaf that is cloaked in a flawless Corojo ‘99 wrapper from the Jalapa region of Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan tobaccos provide that signature tobacco sweetness while also adding touches of spice and a richness from the San Andrés Binder.

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This cigar is offered in a custom 10-count box with a beautiful art piece on the inside cover. The artwork was designed by Melillo and Foundation Art Director Alex Garcia. Available in one size: 6 ¼ X 46 Lonsdale, just 500 boxes have been made.

Priced at $13.00 per cigar; $116.95 per box, this cigar will be available August 17, exclusively at

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