Foundation Cigar Co. has announced that it will be adding a new, 4 3/4 x 60 perfecto vitola called Macho Raton to its El Güegüense and The Wise Man Maduro lines.

The company made the announcement via Cigar Aficionado. That announcement said that both cigars will have an MSRP of $14 and are offered in boxes of 12 cigars. Additionally, it will be a limited production vitola, with shipments going to retailers every quarter. Foundation Cigar Co. will show off the cigar at the PCA Convention & Trade Show in July and expects to have the cigars on store shelves later in the summer.

The two lines use similar blends, as both cigars use fillers from the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua, with the El Güegüense using a Nicaraguan corojo 99 wrapper grown in Jalapa along with a Mexican San Andrés binder. The Wise Man Maduro swaps the position of the leaves, using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper and the Jalapa-grown corojo 99 leaf for the binder.

Both cigars are made by AGANORSA Leaf at its eponymous factory, previously known as Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A., in Nicaragua.

“Our 5yr anniversary cigar was such a hit that I had to release line extensions in this beautiful perfecto. 12ct boxes make these an easy buy,” said Nicholas Melillo, owner of Foundation Cigars, in a press release.

The El Güegüense name comes from a story about a wise man that is prominent in Nicaraguan culture, with the Macho Raton name also coming from the El Güegüense story, as it is the name of the main character, and Macho Ratón is sometimes used as an alternate name for the story.

The 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show takes place July 9-12 in Las Vegas.

Update (June 9, 2022) — Added images and a quote from a press release. This story was originally published on June 8, 2022. 

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