Foundation Cigar Co Menelik
Menelik was the name of Solomon’s son (you know, King Solomon the Wise, the O.G. wise man who suggested that some women arguing over a baby should cut it in half? Yeah, that guy. What a genius). Anyhow, his son by the Queen of Sheba was Menelik. And this kid was a chip off the old block, because he knew all about branding, going by the nickname Ebna la-Hakim, “Son of the Wise.”
Why start from scratch when daddy’s already a living legend? Just go by the family name and life will be cake. Sounds good.
Foundation Menelik cigars weren’t really a proper release or part of the company’s core offerings. In fact, you couldn’t even buy the damn thing. You could score it at Foundation events as a gift, and that was it. No details were given, either. It’s not one of those cigars that you can break down and study with other cigar experts. Instead, it comes with no band, no wrapper, no nothing. Here – have a cigar.
Well, not totally.
We know that the outside originally was a Nicaraguan leaf grown from Corojo seeds. Once the cigar saw a formal broad release, more details were shared. Now more has been learned, and we are aware that the filler blend of the Foundation Menelik cigar is three-region Nicaraguan and the wrapper leaf ultimately had to be Mexican San Andrés tobacco. The binder is a Corojo ’99 leaf grown in Jalapa. This closely mirrors the Wise Man El Gueguense blend that earned such outstanding reviews. The cigar got a proper band, too, one that uses symbols from the Ethiopian military’s Grand Cross of the Order of Menelik II.
This one is full strength and offers a potent flavor profile led by black pepper. You get some moist earthiness, and can also taste some expressive notes like campfire, toasted, oats, and dashes of cinnamon. It’s a smoke that doesn’t play around, instead of invigorating your senses and waking you up with each puff. You’re in the presence of the king, here, and you can tell from the cigar that this is an inspired blend. Bust this stogie out when you want a blend that stands above the rest. Where the original Wise Man was balanced and sweet enough to temper other flavors, Foundation Menelik cigars are the less restrained and more fiery son of his majesty.
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Foundation Cigar Co Menelik FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Black pepper, toasted oats, campfire.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
Foundation Menelik cigars are for those who want a version of the Wise Man (El Gueguense) blend that’s more unhinged and emotional.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
We always think that, while some folks will love the spiciness of this blend, others will want half the cigar and then will be happy to call it quits. And that’s not even a bad thing.
What’s a good pairing with it?
High ABV beer. Goose Island makes a Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. Combine it with Menelik and you’re going over Niagara falls in a barrel.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
When you’re feeling powerful and clever, and need a cigar to match.
This potency is not for peasants.