El Gueguense Robusto (5 ½ x 50)
W: Corojo ‘99 Nicaragua
B: Corojo ‘99 Nicaragua
F: Corojo, Criollo Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.
Foundation Tobacco Company, headed by former Drew Estate man Nicholas Melillo, debuted with this cigar in 2015 and it has since made an appearance on many “best of” lists for that year. “Full body and full flavor” get tossed around frequently in this industry, but this Nicaraguan puro will blow away any expectations you have for that phrase. Named after one of Nicaragua’s oldest plays (pronounced “el wah when say” and translated as “the wise man”), it is Melillo’s tribute to the country he has come to love since moving there 11 years ago.
Flavor Report: Cedar, Red Pepper, Espresso, Undergrowth, Milk Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Cream, Earth, Barnyard, Vanilla, Cherry
As the first cigar I’ve ever given a ten (that I’ve reviewed here on the site), I have to say that I’ve simply never smoked another cigar quite like this. When we talk about the artistry and magic of the cigar experience, this is the true embodiment of it. If you haven’t had it yet, then you owe it to yourself to indulge in this one. It doesn’t get better than this.