Cigar Review: Foundation Cigar’s The Wise Man (El Gueguense) Maduro

Initial Thoughts:

I've only had a cigar from Foundation Cigar Co. one other time, and it was delicious. So, when I saw this cigar from the same company, I knew it was a stick I needed to add to my list.

Foundation Cigar's The Wise Man Maduro is a milk chocolate-colored smoke with an easy draw. The veiny wrapper is a little coarse, but it's smooth, and the cigar seems well crafted. By the way, if you look at the label, you'll see the words “El Gueguense,” which means “the wise man” in Nicaraguan.

The flavors of the cigar are leafy and spicey, and any chocolate flavors I noticed are of very dark chocolate, not sweet chocolate.

Cigar Review Foundation Cigar's The Wise Man El Gueguense Maduro


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Brand: Foundation Cigar Co.
Line: The Wise Man Maduro
Size: 6 x 56
Cut: Punch
Light: Matches
Price: $12.19
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
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Final Thoughts:

Foundation Cigar's The Wise Man Maduro is not my favorite cigar. This particular stick tasted faintly of ammonia (a natural mineral found in the soil but that's typically removed during the aging/fermentation process). This chemical taste made me dislike this cigar.

If I'd not tasted Foundation Cigar Co.'s The Tabernacle, I might write these guys off, but The Tabernacle was so good, that I'll give that one another try. The cigar burned evenly and the draw was easy. Other than needing to be aged longer to smooth out the flavors, The Wise Man is a well-crafted cigar. But, because I did not enjoy smoking it, I give this smoke a CigarScore of 2.

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