The Wise Man "El Gueguense" Maduro Box Press Lancero
On the heels of Wiseman Maduro Robustos 93 rating in Cigar Aficionado, Foundation Cigar Company adds a Cuban box press Lancero to the line. The 7 1/2 x 40 Cuban-box-press Lanceros will be available in 13-count boxes and are being produced at TABSA in Esteli, Nicaragua, they will be released in September of this year.
Foundation Cigar Company President and master blender, Nicholas Melillo, blended the Wise Man Maduro beginning with a dark, oily Maduro wrapper from San Andres Mexico, Corojo 99 from Jalapa Nicaragua for binder, and finished with Filler leaf from both Esteli and Jalapa. The cigars reflect full flavor and expansive complexity with hints of chocolate, earth, pepper and spice and are medium to full-bodied. The first production run is 500 boxes.
Nick Melillo says, I was inspired by the reputation of the Lancero format, known for an appeal that tends to run deeper into the cigar connoisseur realm, to use an artistic rendering of El Gueguense, also known as Macho Raton, as the central figure on our 13 count box. As this deeper story goes, El Gueguense traveled between the different colonial territories of Mexico and Central America in order to sell his goods. Accompanied by his sons, Don Forisco (his right hand) and Don Ambrosio (his detractor), they, and four mules (machos), Machomoto, Macho-viejo, Macho-Mohino and Machoguajaqueno were used for his heavy work, and symbolized how the indigenous population was being treated by the Spanish colonizers.