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The Tabernacle Toro - Box of 24



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Foundation Cigar Co. - The Tabernacle Toro - Box of 24

Nestled in the heart of the Connecticut River Tobacco Valley, the world’s premier tobacco-growing region, there’s a building in a tobacco field...
This isn’t another curing barn; this isn’t another fermentation warehouse; this is the world’s only corporate cigar office based on a farm - the office of the Foundation Cigar Company!!

After serving 12 years at one of the most innovative (and largest) cigar companies in the world, as Executive Vice President of International Operations and Head Blender, in 2015 Nick Melillo branched out on his own, finally forming the Foundation Cigar Company!

His first line, El Güegüense, immediately took the cigar world by storm, reaching Cigar Afficionado’s top 25 in 2016. The El Güegüense’s maduro sibling, The Wiseman, subsequently reached #3 in Cigar Afficionado’s top 25 2019, a feat uniquely achieved purely by word of mouth with an advertising and marketing budget of zero. Following awards include the industry changing Charter Oak winning #1 Best Buy (Cigar Afficionado) and the Highclere Castle Victorian being awarded 95 points. Foundation’s newest line, the Olmec, also won Cigar Of The Year (Cigar Snob) – quite an achievement, having only been released in July of that year! Famously and without being prompted, paid or promoted, the cigars are now regularly being championed as the best cigars available by Joe Rogan, the world’s most popular podcaster.

Renowned for sourcing and utilising the very best tobacco in the industry, Nick will certainly continue winning awards for his subsequent blends (including the Tabernacle, Menelik, Upsetters and Highclere Castle Edwardian), and Nick will certainly continue developing ground-breaking blends using the world’s finest and rarest tobaccos. But what is at the heart of Foundation Cigar Company is the cigar smoker themselves – that smoke-filled moment of pure presence, that quietly thunderous connection to ancient heritage, modern science, and genuine passion for the leaf.

This is something that Melillo and Foundation Cigar Company will provide endlessly to any who will sit and take audience.

All for the love of the leaf. 

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Proven to exceed the heights of quality, the Tabernacle cigar box tells the story of the cigar’s name: The artwork features an image of Haile Selassie, 225th King of Abyssinia, now present day Ethiopia. Born Ras Tafari, his lineage traces directly to King Solomon and the Queen Of Sheba. This direct link leads Ethiopia to claim possession of the Tabernacle (which held the Ark Of the Covenant) and of course, every cigar smoker’s humidor is their Tabernacle.

As published in 1565, Girolamo Benzoni’s History Of The New World (chronicling his travels through Nicaragua 1541-1556) notes tobacco being widely smoked by native Nicaraguan peoples alongside Ethiopians.
It is from this rich native history of tobacco cultivation, tobacco consumption and the sharing of tobacco with kindred spirits that the Nicaraguan cigar industry draws its uniquely ancient yet utterly modern take on that raw and sacred plant.

Made with the finest example one of the most sought-after wrapper leaves in the world, The Tabernacle Broadleaf Maduro is everything that could be desired in a serious, premium cigar. The cigar is patiently aged with the finest Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper in the world, a phenomenal San Andrés binder and fillers from Estelí in Nicaragua and the Jamastran Valley in Honduras.

Packaging: Box of 24
Strength: Full
Flavour: Full
Length: 6"
Ring Gauge: 52

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli, Jalapa), Honduras (Jamastran Valley)

Full in body, and oozing with notes of Earth, cacao, roasted coffee and flinty mineral tones as the cigar develops, all balanced by an exceptional sweetness and well rounded spice!

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