Foundation Cigar Company El Gueguense Cigars
+About Foundation Cigar Company
With the release of Foundation's El Guëguënse ("The Wise Man") in 2015, Nicholas Melillo became both company founder and master blender. Over 20 years in the cigar industry prepared Melillo for this debut, having run production for La Gran Fábrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua. Nicholas approaches cigar making from two perspectives, each informing and inspiring the other. On one hand, Foundation prioritizes quality components, consistent flavor, and expert construction. However, Melillo also recognizes the need for passion and soul, his devotion to premium cigars never eclipsing his heart for community. Honoring these two convictions, Foundation has developed strong, personal relationships with the community around Estelí, Nicaragua, from tobacco farmers and workers to local street artists, a cohort of which ("Colectivo ATOL") comprises Foundation's creative team.