Menelik by Foundation Cigar Company

It comes with all the hype, but is it worth the price?

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The Breakdown
Mexican San Andrés
Vitola (Size)
Petit Robusto (4.5 x 52)
Price (USD)

There is a long connected back story as to how the Menelik got its name but as one wise African American woman once said, “Ain’t nobody got time fo dat”. Long story short, this cigar came to us in 2019 and came with some hype and we are here to find out whether or not this cigar was a home run or a high fly out in left field. Let’s get into it. 

Construction - This is a short stubby donger but don’t let size fool you. This is cigar boats a rich dark color with an overall construction that will have you looking twice. This simple box pressed beauty is a marvel to look at. It’s Oscuro dark with a subtle red pigment that interlaces itself throughout. The tobacco is wrapped seamlessly giving you a wonderfully smooth texture across the entire cigar. This is construction perfection with a box press nonetheless.  

Burn - The burn was pretty average as we consider both samples smoked. One had glaring issues with consistency showing off an unwanted horse shoe burn with a failed hold test,  while the other had a finicky tight draw. Other than that both cigars produced tons of smoke compared to an early 1900’s steam engine which made up for their other inadequacies.

Flavor - The flavor! Oh the Flavor! How many possible change ups can you get in such a short cigar? Well apparently it’s more than expected. A pepper rush is what you get out the gate, which is quickly balanced out by subtle wood tones which are then intermixed with some sweetness. As you get to the halfway point, that is where things get interesting. The cigar really finds it’s identity, balancing out in a wonderful way and becoming very savory. There is a compounded earthiness that is just amazingly palate pleasing which connects to the end but also introduces again some of the sweetness and pepper that you got accustomed to at the beginning. Honestly this cigar is a real mind fu*k but somehow not confusing. The balance and complexity certainly deserve all of the applause and these cigars got just that from us. 



This cigar for as small as it is comes in at a hefty price point of an MSRP of $13.00. YIKES! If this cigar expounded this same experience in a larger vitols, we would probably say it was worth it, but in such a short cigar with such limited tobacco it’s tough for us to give it the high value endorsement. It’s not to say it isn’t a great cigar, it 100% is, it’s just a bit out of bounds in terms of pricing we feel. It is very complex as well and should be reserved for those with a developed palate and adequate smoking experience.
Our Reviewers
Chris Allen
Cory Allen
Community Likes



stogie_ventures - "Flavor bomb that needs another inch"

vcuteverything - "MeneLICK DEEZ NUTS"

boveda_rob - "Yeah buddy!"

nickstagrammin - "Sensory arousal"

joshhus - "The flavor is great but it made me poop big"

smokeringdude - "Boneless"

Karlito416 - My favorite Foundation Cigar!"

run2smoke - The equivalent to when a hockey goon scores a goal. #joyous"

Foundation Cigar Co.

With over 20 years of love and dedication for the industry, we merge old world traditions with modern day styles and customs to produce unique premium cigars. Our goal is to work with specially selected tobacconists who recognize our passion and dedication for quality artisan products. We have developed strong relationships with some of the best tobacco growers throughout the world and have established our production in the valley of Esteli, Nicaragua.

The Hot Ticket
A raunchy comedy cigar podcast about two brothers on a quest to find the best cigars around the world.