Nick Melillo joined Drew Estate in 2003, eventually becoming Director of Tobaccos and production, then VP of international operations. He left in 2014 to start up his own company, partnering with the Fernandez family of Aganorsa fame, and their TABSA factory to produce his cigars.
A Maduro wrapped version of The Wise Man, The Tabernacle, and Tabernacle Havana Seed have all received great reviews and a loyal following, as has the more affordable and accessible Charter Oak. They also offer the infused Jamaican inspired The Upsetters, Highclere Castle Natural, and Highclere Castle Victorian their premier cigar produced in partnership of the owners of the site where the historical drama Downton Abbey is filmed.
Quality and great value are hallmarks of Foundation. Smokers looking for medium to full bodied cigars that satisfy would do well to seek them out.