It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation Cigar Company’s first release, El Güegüense. For this review, I smoke the Churchill, a 7×48 cigar. This Nicaraguan puro features a Corojo 99 Jalapa wrapper, Corojo 99 Jalapa binder, and Criollo 99 and Criollo 98 Jalapa and Esteli fillers.
The wrapper puts off a rich tobacco and barnyard aroma. Out of the foot, I smell fruity earth. On the cold draw, there is a slight earthy flavor. Once lit, I pick up noticeable black pepper with leather and earth. Through the nose, I pick up red pepper. The finish gives me more black pepper with coffee and cocoa.
After forty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I find sweet earth with leather and coffee. Through the nose, I’m treated with honey and almond. The finish consists of leather with cocoa and black pepper. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.
The second third finishes at one hour and thirty minutes. Coffee dominates the draw alongside nutty earth. On the retro-hale, I get more honey with sweet toast. The finish gives me more black pepper with hickory and additional coffee. Strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.
Two hours and ten minutes in, I finish the final third. More coffee comes through on the draw with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, spicy cedar is complimented by gingerbread. On the finish, sweet molasses pairs perfectly with hazelnut and slight black pepper. Strength and body close out at the medium-to-full mark.
El Güegüense is a remarkable cigar. It starts off good and becomes great by the end. The complex flavors blend well together to create a balanced and enjoyable experience. As the cigar burns down, it just gets better and better. Construction is top notch, and the smoke is smooth and voluminous. I definitely recommend trying this one out.
A special thank you goes out to Joan for sending this one to me for review. I really appreciate it!