Meet Nicholas Melillo, Founder of Foundation Cigar
For the past 15 years Nicholas Melillo has been intimately involved with tobacco growing, tobacco processing and cigar blending -first with Drew Estate  and, since 2015, with his own company, Foundation Cigar. His journey has taken him around the world and led him to adopting Nicaragua as a second home. The Southbury, Connecticut, native grew up about an hour west of the Connecticut River Valley's historic tobacco farms, and as a young man, he became fascinated with the cultural heritage of Connecticut tobacco farming. He was also enamored of the pipes and cigars that his grandfathers enjoyed, and while a teena g er, he read as much  as he could about tobacco.

Melillo worked with Drew Estate from March 2003 to May 2014. After 11 y ears,  Melillo decided it was time to begin the next step in his career and establish his own company. First, there was Melillo International, a consulting firm, and then he created Foundation Cigar.

Foundation Cigar features four brands, The Tabernacle, Charter Oak, The Upsetters and  El Güegüense. 

The Tabernacle, a super-premium cigar, includes a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The rest of the blend, which is made at AJ Fernandez's Nicaraguan factory, includes a San Andres Mexican binder and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua.

Charter Oak cigars are wrapped in either a silky Connecticut Shade wrapper or a hearty and rich Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The rest of the blend is made from some of the best Cuban-seed tobaccos available in Nicaragua.

The Upsetters pays homage to underdogs and those who stand up for their rights against oppression. The cigars are blended with Nicaraguan and Jamaican filler tobaccos and are offered with different wrappers, depending on the size.

El Güegüense (pronounced WAY-WHEN-SAY) cigars are made at Eduardo Fernandez's TABSA factory in Esteli. A Nicaraguan puro, the cigar's tobaccos are sourced from Fernandez's Aganorsa farms in Jalapa and Esteli, and the blend offers a medium to strong body.

For an in depth read about Nicholas Melillo check out the full article by Stephen A. Ross of The Tobacconist magazine at:

Hear more from Nicholas!
Interview with Nicholas Melillo
Interview with Nicholas Melillo from Cigar Noise TV.

Cigar Federation video from the 2016 IPCPR.
Cigar Federation video from the 2016 IPCPR.

Friends In Service of Heroes (F.I.S.H.) is an organization assisting veterans with goals based on " Four Pillars of Support";    Health - Guidance - Recognition - Support.
F.I.S.H. has partnered with Outlaw Cigar to provide a monthly speaker series open to veterans of our armed forces. If you are a military veteran, we invite you to attend these informative and helpful meetings. 
Featured Cigars from the Outlaw Humidor!
Davidoff Limited Year of the Rooster

Davidoff celebrates 2016-2017 with its limited edition dedication to "The Year of the Rooster"; only 8000 boxes will be produced. The Davidoff 2017 Year of the Rooster brings a beautiful collection of ten cigars to your humidor. These cigars evolve through a complex flavor profile with a perfect bite. 

You will experience delicious notes of cream, pepper and deep earthy flavors. Like the Rooster, this cigar is wonderful to look at but behind its looks is loyalty. Grab a Davidoff Year of the Rooster cigar and enjoy life!
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 
Binder: Dominican San Vincente Mejorado
Filler: Dominican Criollo Seco, Piloto Viso, Piloto Seco and San Vincente Visos
The Tabernacle  
The Tabernacle is Foundation Cigar Company's newest super premium cigar, boasting a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and some of Nicaragua's finest fillers. It is a combination of tastes that calls on founder Nicholas Melillo's roots in the Connecticut River Valley and also his work with the finest artisanal tobacco batches in Nicaragua.
"I want to show my love for Connecticut Broadleaf," says Melillo. "I was born in New Haven where, at the turn of the century, there were many cigar factories."

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexico San Andrés
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
San Cristobal Ovation Robusto
Handcrafted by legendary cigar-maker, Jose "Pepin" Garcia, San Cristobal Ovation is an opulent cigar, drawn from only the finest and rarest tobaccos grown on Garcia family estates.  A dark and lustrous San Andrés Oscuro wrapper emerges from an intensive two-and-a-half-year double-fermentation to reveal an approachable and captivating richness.  Articulate notes of dark cocoa, wood and leather register with bottomless intrigue veiled beneath a creamy potency.  Ovation concludes with sweet hickory aromas and substantial, prolonged gratification.

Wrapper: San Andres Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Kendall Culbertson (Owner of Outlaw Cigar) and his partner, Dean Prather are excited about their 5th anniversary Cigar Cruise. This is going to be the biggest, most exciting cruise yet with  with ports of call in Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel!
We will be partying with the cigar stars, experiencing exclusive cigar tastings, blending workshops, cocktail  and beach parties, prizes, contests, great food, drinks and cigars all while floating the beautiful Caribbean!

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