If you show up at a Foundation Cigar Co. event sometime soon, there’s a new cigar you need to try, but you cannot buy it.

Menelik 1

Last night, the company debuted Menelik, a 4 1/2 x 52 box-pressed petit robusto that features a bun cap. It uses a Nicaraguan corojo maduro wrapper from Jalapa over an undisclosed filler blend.

The cigar is available only at events and is not for sale.


Menelik refers to an ancient king, Ebna la-Hakim. He is believed to be son of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba and his Arabic name translates to son of the wise. Foundation’s first release, El Güegüense translates into the wise man.

Nicholas Melillo, Foundation’s founder, declined to comment on where the cigar is being made.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.