Foundation Cigars and Highclere Castle have announced a new blend commemorating the 100-year discovery of King Tutankhamun: Highclere Castle Senetjer. The tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Highclere Castle and famed archaeologist Howard Carter.
Senetjer, the ancient Egyptian word for “incense,” translates directly as “of the gods.” The box for Senetjer is a replica of the storage boxes discovered within Tutankhamun’s tomb used to bring his worldly treasures to the afterlife. The custom-designed scarab representing the Egyptian god, Khepri was the symbol of rebirth. This scarab incorporates the equivalent of a modern-day monogram representing the name Tutankhamun.
This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of my Great Grandfather, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon’s extraordinary discovery of the Pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922. To celebrate the centenary of this amazing find, we have created the Senejter blend, which is a homage to the cigars enjoyed by my family in the roaring twenties.
George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon
Highclere Castle Cigar co-founder Adam von Gootkin hired famous Egyptian archaeologists Colleen & John Darnell to advise on the project.
“As a result, we have translated the Highclere Castle name into ancient hieroglyphics as presented on the box facing. The hieroglyphs express the exact translation of Highclere Castle into 3,000-year-old Egyptian as follows: “The Great Domain; she who is high, she who is bright, she who is clear.” Says Von Gootkin.
Nicholas Melillo, of course blended the Highclere Castle Senejter. The cigar measures 6 3/4 x 52 and is a perfecto that comes in boxes of 12. The blend uses a Habano Ecuador 7th Priming wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and undisclosed filler. Each cigar has a retail price of $33.00.
When you open this box, you will see “wonderful things.” The cigar incorporates a 7th priming Habano Ecuador wrapper with a Brazilian Mata Fina binder. The filler tobaccos were specially selected and aged 3 yrs from unique lots especially for this blend.
The Foundation Highclere Castle Senejter will be shown off at this year’s PCA trade show in Las Vegas and will be available to specially selected retailers throughout the country this Fall.