Following recent shipments of Foundation’s Charter Oak and Metapa cigars, the company has announced that the Tabernacle Knight Commander—described as their “most anticipated release”—is now on its way to retailers.

The Knight Commander was first announced this June, and follows the Ethiopian heritage of former Tabernacle cigars from Foundation. This release was inspired after Nick Melillo, owner/founder of Foundation Cigar Co., was bestowed the Knight Commander of The Ethiopian Star of Honor in Jan. 2022.

The Order was established by Emperor Menelik in 1889 as an order of Knighthood of the Ethiopian Empire to foreign and domestic civilian and military officials and individuals for service to the country. It is with great pride and reverence that the Tabernacle Knight Commander pays tribute to this noble accolade.

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The Tabernacle Knight Commander uses a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Mexican San Andrés binder, and Nicaraguan fillers from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions. The cigars were set aside for aging for 18 months on cedar after being rolled, showcasing a 6¾” x 52 perfecto format and being packaged in 12-count boxes.

Nicholas Melillo, the owner of Foundation Cigar Company, remarked, “Receiving the Ethiopian Star of Honor is an extraordinary privilege and an honor of a lifetime. The Knight Commander vitola is my tribute to this esteemed recognition, and I am proud that 100% of all wholesale proceeds will be contributed directly to charity, making a meaningful difference in the lives of Ethiopians.”

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With this unique project, Foundation will donate 100 percent of proceeds to Ethiopian Charities, aiming to “contribute to various philanthropic endeavors through this initiative, from scholarships to rebuilding churches.” The cigars have been limited to 700 boxes (8,400 cigars) each fall, being priced at $40 per cigar MSRP.

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