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Foundation Travels to Jamaica for Sophomore Release

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Nicholas Melillo has a new cigar.

Next month, his Foundation Cigar Co. will release The Upsetters, an eight-size line that features Jamaican tobacco in the filler.

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“I want to put Jamaica back on the map for premium tobacco,” said Melillo in a press release. “Most people don’t know this, but Jamaica has a long history of growing tobacco that rivals Cuba.”

Last February, Melillo traveled to Jamaica for Bob Marley’s 70th birthday celebration. While there, he met with one of the country’s growers. From there is where The Upsetters was born.

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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, while the Para El Sapo (4 1/2 x 38 x 54) uses a candela wrapper.

Production is being handled by an undisclosed factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

“We are in it for the long haul and, like The Upsetters we named our cigar after, we will fight to the end,” said Melillo. “Foundation is committed to bringing innovative products to the market place.”

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The Upsetters is the name of both the house band and record label of the Jamaican musician Lee “Scratch” Perry.

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Charlie Minato
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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.

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