Foundation Cigar Co. has announced that it will be adding a 6 x 52 toro vitola to its Menelik line at next month’s PCA Convention & Trade Show, with the cigar scheduled to be on shelves either in late summer or early fall.

The company announced the new cigar via Cigar Aficionado, with that report saying that it will be priced at $16.50 and offered in boxes of 12 cigars. Like the existing 4 1/2 x 52 robusto vitola, the toro will be released an ongoing production but limited to production runs of 1,000 boxes at a time. It will also come with a pigtail cap and get a soft press.

The Menelik debuted in April 2017 as an event-only cigar, then became a regular production offering in June 2019. The blend uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over a corojo 99 binder from Nicaragua’s Jalapa region, and fillers from Nicaragua’s Condega, Estelí and Jalapa regions. It is produced at AGANORSA Leaf’s Agricola Ganadera Norteña S.A. factory.

It gets its name from Menelik I, the ancient ruler of Ethiopia who is said to be the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Menelik also went by the name Ebna la-Hakim, which is Arabic for Son of the Wise, which relates to Foundation’s El Güegüense and The Wise Man Maduro releases.

Nicholas Melillo of Foundation Cigar Co. has not yet responded to an email seeking to confirm the accuracy of the report.

Update (June 17, 2022) — Foundation Cigar Co. issued a press release confirming the details of the cigar.

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