Cigar Review: The Tabernacle

• Made by: Foundation Cigar Company
• Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
• Binder: Mexican San Andrés
• Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran
• Ring Gauge: 46
• Length: 5.5”

Foundation Cigar Company takes the name for The Tabernacle from the reference of a nomadic housing for the Ark of the Covenant as described in the Book of Exodus. Gracing the cigar bands is Haile Selassie, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, who was regarded as a Jesus figure for the Rastafari Movement that developed in 1930s Jamaica. The bands themselves are primarily matte with gold foil highlights surrounding the primarily black and white picture of the King.

The wrapper is dark and nearly seamless. It feels solidly rolled with a medium firmness. The Connecticut Broadleaf lends its usual gnarled look, giving the cigar a slight wavy shape. It smells like cocoa and black pepper. It takes a moment to light and starts with a slightly tight draw that loosens as the smoke moves along. There’s about a medium smoke output, which seems appropriate for its size.

It immediately tastes like the promised pepper and chocolate, giving it a velvety feel. As it loosens the draw and develops, it becomes more earthy, with mingling of woodsy-ness. So far it is an enthralling smoke with an even burn and a beautiful ash. About half way through the cigar the pepper returns but not in an overpowering taste. The woods flavor turns towards a definite cedar flavor in the final third of the smoke. It blends well with the cocoa, pepper and earth flavors that have been present through out the smoke.

This full-bodied Broadleaf has depths which are surprising and remains consistently tasty from beginning to end. It’s the kind of cigar you don’t expect to be as flavorful but quickly learn to appreciate. The kind of smoke you would consider bringing home to meet your parents. But you don’t because then you’d have to share.

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