Foundations El Güegüense (The Wise Man) – Cigar Review

Today I will be doing a cigar review of an interesting cigar, with a pretty cool back story, the Foundation Cigars, El Güegüense (The Wise Man).

While not the most complex cigar I have smoked recently, it is definitely complex and in an uniquely unexpected way. Typically, when something has a San Andres wrapper, I expect a sweetness, but that wasn’t the case here.


pic of wise man cigar that. I am reviewing on a red scarf in front of my computer screen showing a box of them

However it did have its own unusual flavor profile, so stay tuned and check it out!

pic of wise man on red scarf

I also found out something about the San Andres tobacco, that I didn’t know.

About The Wise Man

Foundation’s president Nick Mellillo released the Wise Man (El Güegüense) Maduro at the 2017 IPCPR in Vegas. This was a line extension of the of his 2015 Nicaraguan Puro release at the IPCPR that year.

pic of the cap and band of the wisemanpic of the foot of the wiseman on a red scarf

The Puro enjoyed a highly successful launch and made Cigar Aficianado’s top 25 in 2016.

The Wise Man (El Güegüense) Maduro is blended using Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from Condega, Esteli, and Jalapa and covered the cigar with a beautiful, oily, and rich San Andres Mexican Maduro wrapper.

“We’ve enjoyed a lot of success with El Güegüense, and it is an honor for people to recognize a project that personally means so much to me.” says Melillo.

“I was looking to create a line extension with a whole different level of complexity and the San Andrès wrapper brings just that. The blend encompasses bold flavors of black pepper, dark roast espresso and cacao. Medium plus in body and strength and rounded out with a nutty finish.”

“I have always been drawn to San Andrés, Mexico and have been buying tobacco there since 2003. The wrapper is one of my favorites, not to mention one of the oldest seed varieties in the world, which predates even Cuban seed. The combination of this unique capa and Nicaraguan fillers makes for an amazingly flavorful smoke.” says Mellilo.

The History of “El Güegüense” (Gwe-gwe-nse), or “The Wise Man.”

For five hundred years, Nicaragua has served as a crossroads of cultures, ever since indigenous inhabitants mocked arriving Spanish conquistadors in a colorful, costumed satirical masterpiece called “El Güegüense” (Gwe-gwe-nse), or “The Wise Man.” It is Nicaragua’s signature work of drama, the ultimate expression of its unique history, language, dance, and culture.

This Gran Baile, or great dance, continues today, not only in the form of long-held folkloric performances but in the careful blending of Nicaragua’s tobacco, which is some of the richest, most flavorful filler tobacco in the world. Master blender Nicholas Melillo has worked tirelessly to create and honor the great dance of flavors which you are about to experience in El Güegüense cigars.

What’s Under The Hood

Wrapper:Mexican San Andres

Binder:Nicaraguan Corojo 99


Factory:Foundation Cigars

Vitola:Toro 6×56

Strength: Medium to Full

How’d She Run

Start: 9:32   End: 10:51    Burn Time: 1:19

Aroma: earth, cocoa, coffee, burnt toast

Cold Draw: earth, coffee, burnt toast

Construction: dark, slightly toothy oily wrapper, box cut

Draw: smooth and even

Burn: nice burn, no touch-ups

Flavor Profile:

Light Up: Earth, Burnt Toast, Dark Coffee, Red Pepper in back of throat

First Third: Still Earth, Burnt Toast, Coffee and Red Pepper

Second Third: Earth, Burnt Toast, Coffee, Bakers Cocoa Powder

Final Third: Remains Earthy, Burnt Toast, Coffee and Bakers Cocoa Powder, but got really smooth.

Notes: This was an enjoyable stick all the way through, and in the final third it got really smooth and I didn’t want it to end, which reminds me of something Steve Saka told, me about a good cigar being one that you hate to see end and can’t wait to try another one.

Nuff Said About The Wise Man

Well, OK, not much more I can say about the El Güegüense (The Wise Man), by Foundation Cigars.

Do I recommend it, absolutely, for anyone who enjoys a medium to full flavor cigar, you really should try this one.

You can get a 5 pack here!!!  

Or A Box Below!!!

I also want to tell you about my new blog Guitars and Cigars where I will be traveling around the country on my Harley with a trailer that will carry my cigar box guitars and my amp with all the gear for that as well as my camping stuff.

I will be going to cigar bars/lounges and performing country, blues and some original music that I wrote, hope y’all will come out to the show.

I will be posting when and where, here on Cigar Pals as well as on the Guitars and Cigars blog and on social media.

Hope to see y’all soon!

Till next time

Smooth smokin

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