Cigar Reveal #96


Foundation Cigar Company - Charter Oak Habano

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Brand Foundation Cigar Company
Cigar Charter Oak Habano
Wrapper Ecuador
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description Charter Oak CT originally consisted of two versions: Charter Oak CT Broadleaf and Charter Oak CT Shade. The cigars featured different interior recipes, being wrapped in either a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro leaf or a Connecticut Shade variety, respectively. In September, the company announced the third blend in the series: Charter Oak CT Habano, bridging the gap between the dark and light-shade wrappers of the original two blends with a new Ecuadorian Habano-wrapped experience. Charter Oak CT Habano features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over all-Nicaraguan fillers. Like the original two cigars, the Habano is rolled at A.J. Fernández’s prominent factory in Estelí. To maintain the value-priced spirit of the series, the Habano forgoes the use of Connecticut-grown Havana seed—a thick and oily leaf that must be fermented for roughly three years and was therefore unfeasible for this project. The first noticeable flavors are red pepper and burning brush, seeming a bit hot out of the gate. But the smoke settles not long after, having hints of caramel sweetness through the finish. It’s a zesty profile that feels very expected for the Habano wrapper, offering primarily cabinet spice-like flavors with a hint of sweetness just below the surface.
Review: Halfwheel
Before smoking the Charter Oak Habano Torpedo, I could tell you two things: I hadn't been a big fan of either the Charter Oak line or the torpedo vitola. After smoking the Charter Oak Habano Torpedo, I can tell you one thing: I stand corrected on both of those things. After smoking the first of the three samples, I was stunned by both the flavor of the cigar as well as its construction. The latter is easy to sum up: it's flaw-free and about as perfect as I have experienced from any vitola, let alone a torpedo. As for the flavor, it is incredibly well balanced, complex for the majority of its smoking time, and other than a few puffs in the final third never causes issue on the palate or in the nose via retrohales. This isn't as bold of a cigar as many other habano cigars on the market, but that is far from a complaint; rather, it is a compliment to the sum of all the components. This is not only a cigar I recommend trying, it is one I would suggest picking up in multiples to experience everything that it has to offer.
Review: Cigar Aficionado
This predominantly herbal, tan torpedo draws and burns evenly, offering some woody, wheaty notes and a sweet hint of graham cracker on the finish.