Foundation Cigar Company’s Tabernacle cigar embodies founder Nicholas Melillo’s long-time passion and intimate experience with the Broadleaf varietal - made even deeper by his connection, as a native son, to Connecticut soil. Out of reverence for the tobacco leaf, and tobacco tradition, the brand is named for the hallowed sanctuary of Hebrew scripture: The Tabernacle - which housed the Ark of the Covenant before the building of the Temple of Solomon.
For Foundation’s latest release, a two-size extension to the Tabernacle line, Melillo has again drawn on biblical inspiration to represent his life in tobacco and his commitment to the industry. Beginning next month, Foundation will begin shipping two new Perfectos: David (5 x 54) and Goliath (5 x 58) in 25 count boxes.
“Anyone who has smoked Connecticut cigar brands of old knows the Perfecto is a classic size,” said Melillo. “Back in the day it was the vitola of choice for connoisseurs,” he added. “When it came time to create a line extension to the Tabernacle, the blend in these two sizes could not be ignored.”
From the inception of the Tabernacle line, the artwork has paid tribute to the Solomonic Dynasty of Ethiopia featuring the likeness of Haile Selassie I, the kingdom’s monarch from 1930-1974. The biblical victory of David over Goliath has particular resonance with Ethiopia’s proud history as the only African nation to fend off colonial conquest.
“Foundation’s art director, Thief Operandi, and I have always admired Ethiopian art and have studied it closely,” said Melillo. “Haile Selassie and the crown of Ethiopia trace its root to King David – and the story of his battle with Goliath is timeless.”
Foundation’s Tabernacle cigars are highly coveted for their bold, earthy profile with a natural sweetness. The David and Goliath in kind will feature the same rich Connecticut Broadleaf over the San Andres binder and fillers from the Jamastrán in Honduras and the Jalapa and Estelí valleys in Nicaragua.
Says Melillo, “The Tabernacle blend in these two sizes deliver depth, complexity, body, and flavor. These sizes are special because they complement an amazing blend of some of the best tobaccos in the world.”
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.