JC Newman

May 19, 2024

Foundation Cigars Wiseman Maduro Toro (2024) (6 x 52)


Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Foundation Cigar Co. has announced that it is discontinuing its El Güegüense and original The Wise Man Maduro blends, the first two regular production lines the company introduced, and is replacing them with two new blends. These moves are part of a larger shift from the company which has ended its relationship with the Aganorsa factory in Estelí, formerly known as Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A., i.e. TABSA—and has started a new one with the García family’s My Father Cigars S.A. factory.

According to a report from Cigar Aficionado, the company is introducing the Wise Man Corojo and a new Wise Man Maduro, both of which will be made by My Father. 

Today we look at the maduro toro version.

The Wise Man Corojo uses a corojo-seed wrapper from Nicaragua, while the Maduro uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. Underneath, both cigars use tobaccos from Nicaragua: binders from Estelí and Jalapa, while the fillers come from Condega, Estelí and Jalapa. Each will be offered in the same four sizes:

Wise Man Corojo / Maduro Corona (5 x 48) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)

Wise Man Corojo / Maduro Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)

Wise Man Corojo / Maduro Toro (6 x 52) — $12.50 (Box of 20, $250) REVIEWED TODAY

Wise Man Corojo / Maduro Double Corona (7 x 54) — $13.50 (Box of 20, $270)

“We are excited to introduce the new Wise Man Corojo and Wise Man Maduro to our lineup,” said Nicholas Melillo, owner of Foundation, in a press release. “Working with Pepín García and his family has been a dream come true, and we believe that cigar enthusiasts will appreciate the craftsmanship and flavor profiles of these new offerings.”

The cigar is well made and a medium brown in color. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were odd, to say the least; citrus peel, brown sugar, chocolate, and leather. There was black pepper rated at 7 1/2. Not a great start but hopefully it will develop some nice notes.

At the first third (28 minutes) there are a lot of dark chocolate notes with quite a bit of leather, citrus peel, and decreased brown sugar. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is chocolate and leather with very good lingering black pepper. The notes don't work very well together. Dark chocolate and leather do not make a great flavor. Combine those with citrus peel and light brown sugar and it doesn't get a lot better. I found the cigar to be ok, at best. I rated the first third 91.

Moving through the second third (1 hour 3 minutes) the cigar has improved. There is much less citrus peel. The brown sugar has increased. Primarily there is dark chocolate with decreased leather and now there is black coffee in the mix. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is leathery black coffee with very good lingering black pepper. With the decreased citrus peel and leather the cigar improved. I rated the second third 93.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 31 minutes. A better burn time than the corojo version. The cigar continued to improved in the final third. The primary notes now are dark chocolate, brown sugar, and black coffee. The cigar is full bodied. The finish is black coffee and very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is now more in line with a "normal" dark chocolate cigar. It's the best it's been. I rated the final third 94. That's a huge change from the first third. A cigar should not progress in this way. It should "hook" you at light up. This one did the very opposite. The final third was the best. In the end this wasn't too bad. It just takes a while to get there.

Overall Score: 92.67

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