Highclere Castle Edwardian by Foundation
- Origin Nicaragua
- Wrapper Connecticut Shade
- Binder Brazil
- Filler Nicaragua
- Strength Mild-Medium
Nick Mellilo, aka Nick.R.Agua, is Foundation Cigar Co’s owner. He has a rich history in the premium cigar industry. He began his career by working at Drew Estate’s La Gran Fabrica in Nicaragua as their master of tobaccos. After he departed Drew Estate, he began making cigars under his own label, and he launched Foundation with great success. He had spent years exploring some of the world’s best and most unique tobaccos, and knew exactly what he wanted to create with his first offerings. George Carnarvon, the eighth Earl of Carnarvon and owner of Highclere Castle (the castle from the show Downton Abbey), saw potential in Foundation and commissioned them to create a cigar named after this spectacular English manor.
The Highclere Castle Edwardian is the original release from the Highclere collection and its debut cemented Foundation’s spot as a truly talented boutique cigar company. As this is a collaboration between the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and Foundation, Highclere Castle set out to be a cigar of distinction. Using only the finest, well-aged tobaccos Nick Mellilo blended a masterpiece worthy to bear the Highclere name. The blend features a Connecticut Shade wrapper, a Mata Fina binder from Brazil, and the fillers are both Criollo and Corojo from the volcanic soils of Jalapa and the island of Ometepe. An additional type of tobacco is used in the filler called Nicadan and was developed by Mellilo. Tasting notes include well defined, yet balanced flavors of leather, citrus, and pepper with hints of cashews, caramel, and earth. Highclere Castle Edwardian is a fantastic cigar that will have you looking at Foundation Cigar Co in a whole new way.