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Foundation Cigar Company

The Foundation Cigar Company Story

The Foundation story is, at its heart, the story of company founder Nick Melillo. Born and raised in Connecticut, Melillo was immersed in the stories and traditions of the storied Connecticut leaf. Over the years, he traveled extensively, studying the finer nuances of tobacco cultivation and blending, all the while dreaming of restoring Connecticut-grown tobacco to its place atop the World’s best. Melillo travels brought him under the spell of the tobaccos of Nicaragua, where he would eventually land as resident tobacco guru for Drew Estate Cigars. Melillo finally struck out on his own to launch the Foundation Cigar Company. His first release, El Gueguense “The Wiseman,” was an instant hit, laying the groundwork for a parade of overwhelming successes, each sharing a Nicaraguan spirit, all the while being deeply rooted in Melillo’s beloved home, Connecticut.

What You’ll Love About Foundation Cigars

Nick Melillo and his team at Foundation Cigar Company have created a wondrously varied library of fine smokes that have something to offer all cigar lovers, no matter their level of taste or experience. All of the top-shelf tobaccos used are assembled to Melillo’s exacting standards, delivering a cigar of unparalleled quality. Whether you have a taste for the elegance of Highclere Castle, the brooding richness of The Tabernacle, the easy-going nature of Charter Oak, or somewhere in between, Foundation Cigar Company has the perfect cigar to fit the mood.

Line-up of Foundation Cigars for sale at Cigars City

Generally, you will find the following Foundation Cigar Company cigars in-stock and ready to ship here at

  • Charter Oak
  • El Gueguense/The Wiseman
  • Highclere Castle
  • Menelik
  • The Tabernacle
  • The Upsetters