In November of last year, James & Sons Tobacconists‘ website declared that Foundation Cigars partnered with Highclere Castle Cigar Company to create a cigar “reminiscent of those enjoyed there during the 19th and early 20th centuries.” Finally, on August 24, 2018, the official launch of Highclere Castle Cigars has come and England Cigar Retailers have begun selling.
Foundation Cigar Company’s collaboration with Highclere Castle Cigars has officially launched to British retailers including the Gift Shop at the Highclere Castle Estate. Foundation was recently hosted by Lord and Lady Carnarvon for a private launch event in Newbury, England.
Pictured here is Highclere Castle Cigars for guests to enjoy
Foundation’s Nicholas Mellilo, George Carnarvon, the current 8th Earl of Carnarvon, and Highclere Castle Cigar CEO Adam von Gootkin
Following a successful release in the United States, Foundation brought the fruits of this international project back to the brand’s namesake, the Highclere Castle Estate, home of the real Downtown Abbey. “It was really important to us from the beginning to get the cigar into the United Kingdom as soon as possible because, in a sense, it’s like the cigar is coming home” stated Highclere Castle Cigar CEO Adam von Gootkin. England’s leading shop owners and cigar lounge managers were invited to learn about the cigar and experience the hospitality of Highclere Estate.
Foundation’s Nicholas Mellilo speaks to attendees about the Highclere Castle Cigar
Video interviews feature Highclere Cigar founders: Adam von Gootkin, Lord Carnarvon, and Nicholas Melillo.
Highclere Castle Cigars can be traced back to London in 1826 where the tradition of smoking a fine cigar and retiring with a whiskey was commonplace.
The Highclere Castle is the setting for the Downtown Abbey movie.
Highclere Castle’s rich history dates back to the year 749.
Today, the Castle is home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.
About Foundation Cigar Company
Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Güegüense, The Wise Man, at the IPCPR in July of that year. Melillo has lived in Nicaragua since 2003 and has blended some of the top cigars in the industry. Melillo formed Foundation Cigar Company to bring top quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world.
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