Nicholas Melillo

Foundation's El Güegüense to launch at Mickey Blake's in Milford, Conn.

Foundation Cigar Company — which was founded by Nicholas Melillo and recently launched its first cigar brand, El Güegüense — has announced that that brand will begin shipping to U.S. retailers over the next week and a half.

According to a press release issued today, "The cigars will be available in twenty-five count boxes in five traditional sizes. The varieties will include a 5 ½ x 50 Robusto, a 5 5/8 x 46 Corona Gorda, a 6 x 56 Toro Huaco, a 7 x 48 Churchill, and a 6 1/4 x 52 Torpedo. The cigars will be priced in the retail range of $9-$13 USD."

Foundation officially launch the brand Sept. 26 at Mickey Blake’s Tobacconist in Milford, Connecticut. Each attendee will receive an El Güegüense Corona Gorda. There will also be raffles for prizes including cigars and original Nicaraguan paintings. Onyx Moonshine will be serving Connecticut-made Secret Stash Whiskey and preparing cocktails at the event.

Foundation Cigar to debut El Güegüense, its first brand


Nick Melillo is back in the premium cigar game with his new company, Foundation Cigar Company, and its debut cigar, El Güegüense (pronounced gweh-GWEN-seh). It’ll make its first official appearance at the upcoming IPCPR trade show in New Orleans.

The brand is named for the first literary work of post-Columbian Nicaragua, a satirical play about corruption and Spanish colonial rule. In a press release issued by Foundation Cigar, Melillo describes the cigar, a Nicaraguan puro, as “a tribute to Nicaragua, its culture, people, land and the bridge between the old world traditions and the new.”

El Güegüense’s blend comprises Nicraguan Corojo 99 in the wrapper and binder, along with criollo and corojo fillers. They’ll be available in 25-count boxes and five vitolas: Robusto (5 ½ x 50), Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46), Toro Huaco (6 x 56), Churchill (7 x 48), and Torpedo (6 ¼ x 52). Retail prices will range from $9 to $13.