Foundation Cigar Co. has announced the release of a new, limited edition soft box-pressed toro in its El Güegüense line that is being released exclusively to Famous Smoke Shop.

The El Güegüense Toro Prensado measures 6 inches long with a 52 ring gauge, and like the rest of the El Güegüense line, it uses a Nicaraguan corojo 99 wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder, and fillers from the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua. To indicate that is an exclusive release to Famous Smoke Shop, the cigar wears a gold secondary band with the store’s logo on it.

“We were pleased to work with such a respected tobacconist as Famous Smoke Shop to craft this beautiful box press toro,” said Nicholas Melillo, founder of Foundation Cigar Co., who went onto call the cigar “a special complement to our El Güegüense line.”

Production is limited to 500 boxes of 10 cigars, a total run of just 5,000 cigars. Pricing is set at $16 per cigar and $160 per box.

“When asked who to collaborate with on an exclusive cigar project, it’s no surprise that Foundation Cigar was there,” said Mike Klingerman, Famous Smoke Shop’s international sourcing and procurement manager. “We know Nick has an immense passion for tobaccos and culture and how important El Güegüense is to Foundation and as a tribute to Nicaraguan heritage. We are excited to share these cigars with our customers.”

The El Güegüense line debuted in 2015 as Foundation Cigar Co.’s first line, getting its name from a prominent Nicaraguan folk story about a wise man. It has since grown to seven regular production vitolas:

  • El Güegüense Lancero (7 1/2 x 40)
  • El Güegüense Churchill (7 x 48)
  • El Güegüense Torpedo (6 1/4 x 52)
  • El Güegüense Toro Huaco (6 x 56)
  • El Güegüense Robusto (5 1/2 x 50)
  • El Güegüense Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)
  • El Güegüense Macho Raton (4 3/4 x 60)

In 2020, Foundation Cigar Co. celebrated its fifth anniversary with the El Güegüense 5 Year Aniversario, which was also a 4 3/4 x 60 perfecto, and which came in an elaborate 20-count box with fold-out wings and art by Thief Operandi.

The cigars are currently available via Famous Smoke Shop’s online store.

Update (Dec. 9, 2022) — After receiving additional images of the cigar, the name has been updated to the El Güegüense Toro Prensado so as to match the packaging.

Images courtesy of Foundation Cigar Co.

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