JR CIgar continues to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a growing list of collaborators making exclusive cigars. The latest to join the celebration is Nick Melillo and Foundation Cigarfor El Güegüense JR 50th. El Güegüense is Spanish for “The Wise Man,” and is also the name of a Nicaraguan dramatic theater piece from the 16th Century. It is one of the oldest indigenous works in the Western Hemisphere. This was Foundation Cigar Company’s first release back in 2016. Melillo chose the name in honor of his love of Nicaragua and its people. In 2020, Foundation released a 5th Anniversary edition of the El Güegüense with a slightly tweaked blend and The Foundation El Güegüense JR 50th is based on that special blend.
It is an incredible honor to work with JR Cigar on this project and to bring a touch of Foundation Cigars to the 50th Celebration. El Güegüense was our first release and will always hold a special place in my heart, and seeing as how we just released a special 5th anniversary edition, I thought it would be perfect to turn this tweaked blend into something special for JR Cigar.Nick Melillo
El Güegüense JR 50th is rolled at Aganorsa Leaf’s TABSA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The blend uses Corojo ’99 wrapper, Mexican San Andrés binder, and aged Corojo ‘99 and Criollo ‘99 filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. This cigar comes in a custom 10-count box with a piece of art on the inside cover. The artwork was designed by Melillo and Foundation Art Director Alex Garcia. El Güegüense JR 50th comes in just one size, a 6 ¼ X 46 Lonsdale. Only 500 boxes were made. Each cigar has a retail price of $13.00 or get the box for $116.95. The cigar goes on sale August 17, at www.JRCigars.com.