The first blend released by the now incredibly popular Foundation Cigar Company and master blender Nick Melillo, El Gueguense handmade premium cigars are one of my all-time favorite Nicaraguan cigars. The name, which is pronounced el wha-wen-say, is derived from an ancient Nicaraguan word that means ‘wise man’. Rolled by hand at the famous Tobacco Valle de Jalapa cigar factory in Nicaragua, these gems are blended entirely with masterfully aged Nicaraguan tobaccos for the long fillers, binder, and wrapper, including vintage Corojo and Criollo tobaccos in the long fillers. The tobacco is then aged in cedar for an additional refinement of flavor. With each puff, I experience notes of cedar, pepper, and a touch of sweetness on the retro hale, tantalizing my senses and encouraging me to take another puff. These top-rated smokes were named to Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year in 2016, an impressive feat for a brands inaugural release. Being a smaller scale boutique cigar, this rating is a testament to how good this smoke truly is. Available in several popular sizes, order yourself a box of Foundation El Gueguense cigars online from Cigars.com today! If you want to learn more about the Foundation El Gueguense cigar, check out our review on the Cigars.com blog.