I count on the popular Foundation Charter Oak brand to fill my days with flavor, and Foundation Charter Oak Especiales cigars elevates Charter Oak to new heights of luxury. Charter Oak Especiales represents a sort of love-letter to brand owner Nick Melillo’s home state of Connecticut and is composed of two blends that highlight top-quality Connecticut wrappers. Each blend is offered in a lone 5.5x48 size, with the cigars of each blend named after one of Melillo’s grandfathers, both of whom would regularly smoke cigars with Connecticut-grown tobaccos. Hand rolled at the famous Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua, both blends feature a core of flawlessly aged Nicaraguan long fillers and a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder, with the Especiales Pegnataro wearing a golden Connecticut Shade leaf while the Especiales Pasquale boasts a dusky Connecticut Broadleaf. Perfect for a slow afternoon, I love Especiales Pegnataro cigars’ smooth medium-bodied flavors of baking spices, cinnamon, honey, graham cracker, and creaminess. The Especiales Pasquale makes for the perfect night-cap, providing me with complex medium-full bodied flavors of dark chocolate, peppery spices, espresso, cedar, and tobacco sweetness. Packaged in boxes of 12, I order Foundation Charter Oak Especiales cigars online from Cigars.com to keep my humidor filled with these top-quality gems.