Foundation Cigar Co. has announced that as of Oct. 9, it will be taking over the domestic distribution of one its own lines, The Upsetters, which had previously been handled by Miami Cigar & Co.

“Foundation Cigars has distributed The Upsetters brand internationally during the past year and decided it was time to add the brand to our core distribution portfolio here in the U.S.,” said Nicholas Melillo of Foundation Cigar Co. via a press release. “We are extremely thankful and appreciative for all of Miami Cigar Company’s efforts during the Upsetters’ first year,” he added.

The Upsetters is a line of infused cigars that was launched at the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show and named after the house band for the legendary Jamaican musician Lee “Scratch” Perry. It’s offered in eight sizes, all featuring a blend of Jamaican and Nicaraguan fillers but with different wrappers.

The Django (5 x 54), Small Ax (4 1/2 x 40), The Skipper (4 1/2 x 38 x 54), Rocky Steady (7 x 48) and SKA (4 x 32) all use a clara wrapper; The Original Rude Boy (6 x 60) and ZOLA (6 x 52) use a maduro wrapper; and the Para El Sapo (4 1/2 x 38 x 54) uses a candela wrapper.

All sizes have Jamaican tobacco in the filler.


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