Foundation Cigars Begin Shipping Charter Oak Pegnataro & Pasquale Limited Release

October 26, 2023 By Nicole Tabacco

Foundation Cigar Company begins shipping Charter Oak Pegnataro-CT Shade and Pasquale CT Broadleaf cigars to retailers throughout the country. Crafted by Nicholas Melillo, Founder and Master Blender, these cigars pay homage to the unwavering spirit and timeless wisdom passed down by his grandfathers. They also serve to pay tribute the opening of Foundation’s new office on a 300-acre farm in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley tobacco growing region.  

My love for handmade cigars exists only because of my grandfather’s. One was an avid CT Broadleaf smoker and the other loved CT shade. These blends are completely different than the core line of Charter Oak. They are richer and more complex.” 

Charter Oak CT Broadleaf Pasquale is a cigar that revolves around the renowned Connecticut Broadleaf seed, resulting in a Maduro wrapper with a dark, rich complexion. This full-bodied blend embraces the senses with deep, earthy undertones, balanced by notes of sweetness and strength. It is a bold and flavorful choice for those seeking a smoking experience with robust character. 

In contrast, Charter Oak CT Shade Pegnataro features a milder profile. This medium-bodied cigar showcases a depth of flavor that surprises the palate. With hints of cedar, almond, and a subtle sweetness, Charter Oak CT Shade Pegnataro presents a harmonious balance that appeals to aficionados seeking a more nuanced and flavorful smoke. 

“The Charter Oak core line would have been their everyday cigar and these new blends would be for the weekend or a special occasion.” shared Nicholas Melillo. “These blends are deeply personal to me, as they honor the legacies of my grandfathers. The CT Broadleaf and CT Shade wrappers represent their distinct personalities, allowing me to celebrate their individuality through exceptional cigars that bear their names.” 

Cigars will retail at $13.00 per cigar and $156 per 12 count boxes.

Charter Oak Pegnataro 5 ½ x 48 soft box press 
Wrapper – CT Shade  
Binder – Jalapa Nicaragua  
Filler – Estelí and Jalapa Nicaragua 

Charter Oak Pasquale 5 ½ x 48 soft box press
Wrapper – CT Broadleaf  
Binder – Jalapa Nicaragua  
Filler – Estelí and Jalapa Nicaragua  

Limited Quarterly Release of 500 boxes.

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