January 28, 2017

Tabernacle by Foundation Cigar Co. (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Toastedfoot.com website)
In Exodus, God commanded Moses to erect a Tabernacle in the dessert, situated due east and west, which was where in the Holy of Holies the Ark of the Covenant was to be kept. This is where Foundation Cigar Company’s new The Tabernacle takes its name from. Nick Melillo teamed up with AJ Fernandez’s factory to produce this cigar.

Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Binder: Mexico (San Andrés)
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras

The cigar is well made and has a nice feel in the hand. Here is a shot of the foot.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a massive amount of black pepper which I rated a 9 in intensity. There were notes of espresso, chocolate, and molasses. You get the feeling this will be a very full bodied cigar. While it's too early to make that call it seems to be moving in that direction.

About 2 inches (21 minutes) in the molasses notes have changed over to a sweet, buttery brown sugar. It goes well with the espresso and chocolate notes. While the black pepper remains very good it seems to have dropped to an 8, which is still very good. The finish is a sweet cream with brown sugar influence and there is some nice lingering black pepper; an average amount I'd say. The cigar is full bodied. 

Just past the midpoint (45 minutes) the chocolate notes and espresso have made a surge forward. They are the lead flavors. The butter has decreased on the brown sugar. While I called the cigar full bodied in the last segment I would now say it's either a low grade full bodied or a high medium to full. It's a toss up. The finish now has chocolate notes and cream. The cigar has made a dip with the decreasing of the buttery brown sugar.

At the end (1 hour 13 minutes) the brown sugar made a move forward but not to the level it was at it's high point in the cigar. The butter also came back but it was light. The espresso and chocolate notes remained very dominant. The pepper remained very good.  The cigar is definitely full bodied now. The finish is unchanged. This was a good cigar but I did not like the dip that the buttery brown sugar took. This is another creation by AJ Fernandez and it is not to be overlooked. I enjoyed the cigar overall but would have liked the buttery brown sugar to remain at a high level.

Score: 93

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