IWrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Honduras and Esteli, Jalapa (Nicaragua)
Vitola: 5 1/4 x 46 (Corona)
Brand: Foundation Cigar Company
Source: IPCPR 2016
CigarNoise Price Range: $8 – $10

Foundation The Tabernacle – Initial Thoughts

My review of The Tabernacle cigar must begin with the visual aesthetics of this cigar.  Descriptors which come to mind for The Tabernacle are toothy and rustic.  However, surrounding my cigar is a highly ornate band.  The artwork on the band is reportedly the 225th King of  Abyssinia, Haile Selassie, whose lineage is believed to have been responsible for bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia.  This artwork is surrounded with gold and black bordering with a splash of red.  It’s quite beautiful.

The Tabernacle

My cigar is rolled to be mostly firm with just a touch of give approximately one inch above the foot.  The broadleaf wrapper bestows scents of heavy tobacco and chocolate, allowing a mild hay scent to follow.  The foot of The Tabernacle gives off a mixture of hay, raisin and cocoa.  I apply a straight cut to experience the cold draw and am not disappointed.  A melody of raisin, cocoa and espresso compliment a perfect pre-light draw of the The Tabernacle.

Foundation The Tabernacle – First Third

Raisin, Dried Plum, Leather, Mild Tobacco, Black Pepper, Cocoa, Cedar, Black Cherry

Drenching my palate with thick smoke, the flavors are immediately complex.  Raisin, dried plums, leather and mild tobacco join together providing an amazing start.  The smoke instantly coats my mouth with an oily feel and is luxurious in nature.  The finish is long, leaving a black pepper essence all over my palate and tongue.

Warm and layered with notes of pepper, cocoa and cedar, the retro hale is very pleasant without overpowering.  With an inch of ash hanging off the cigar, pepper drops out of the profile and the body of the cigar increases.  As an added bonus, cherry notes creep into the show to further compliment the flavor bouquet.  Notably, The Tabernacle continues to hold the ash like a champ!

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 Foundation The Tabernacle – Middle Third

Cream, Cedar, Raisin, Chocolate, Black Pepper, Leather, Dark Fruit

The middle portion of my experience begins with the ash finally succumbing to gravity.  This drop of the ash brings an entirely new lineup in the flavor chain.  Cream leads, bringing in tow cedar, raisin, chocolate, and black pepper with a long finish that’s heavy with dark fruit flavors.

Foundation Cigar Company founder, Nicholas Melillo is quoted as saying, “Broadleaf is more than tobacco for me.  It is something sacred.”  Over two years ago, Mr. Melillo selected the broadleaf for the project of The Tabernacle.  The perfect draw, impeccable burn and complexity I have experienced thus far speaks volumes to the care taken in perfecting The Tabernacle.

The body of the smoke continues to grow with cedar flavor as this third progresses.  Black pepper is more evident in the retro hale as well, battering my sinuses with a short uppercut to wake me up.

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Foundation The Tabernacle – Final Third

Cedar, Leather, Earth, Cream, Black Pepper, Cherry

Clearly this cigar is intent on changing it’s mind, yet again switching things up as the final third begins.  The profile is heavy with cedar at the start.  When cedar finally concedes the spotlight, leather, earth and cream notes share the stage.  Providing a balance of strength in the background is black pepper.

Cherry flavors dance through the nearly heat-free retro hale and it’s amazingly pleasant.  The oily coating in the mouthfeel continues through this third and finds me sipping water consistently to cleanse my palate.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t unenjoyable; I’m just attempting to not miss any of the flavors in this fantastic cigar.

The only negative notes in this experience thus far occur in the final third.  Offering a tighter than perfect draw, it requires me to work a little to pull air through the last section of The Tabernacle. The burn line also requires one touch-up in the lingering stages. With my fingers getting warm, I am forced to finish my smoking time with The Tabernacle.  I’ve been smoking the corona for one hour and fifteen minutes.

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Foundation The Tabernacle Review
9.3 Reviewer
9.4 Cigar Noise Network (3 votes)
Pros

Complexity In Flavors

Affordable Pricepoint

Near Perfect Draw and Burn

Cons

Tighter Draw In Final Third

One Minor Burn Correction

Summary
The future is nearly always unpredictable, yet needing room in my humidor for The Tabernacle is clearly a predictable aspect of my future! With a complexity rivaling the best on the market and construction notes announcing quality through and through, smoking The Tabernacle over and over is an easy decision. I must mention this is my second time smoking The Tabernacle and the first time I experienced no draw issues at all.
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Top 5 of 2016
If you haven't smoke this yet, do what you can to get your hands on it. Fantastic stick and amazingly balanced.
December 18, 2016, 11:22 am
Value9
Burn9.1
Draw9.3
Flavor9.7
Enjoyment9.6
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Great smoke, great price
This is definitely one of the top ten of 2016. Hits my palate perfectly.
December 15, 2016, 6:12 pm
Value9.4
Burn10
Draw9.2
Flavor10
Enjoyment10
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A Real Mind-Changer
After one of these, I thought it very reminiscent of some of the Liga Privadas.

With my second, I decided I might have gone overboard on my comparison. Similar, but I had maybe gone overboard in my comparison.

With my third, I am sure of it - it IS very, very Liga-esque, no question about it.

So far.

Obviously I need to buy some more and investigate this matter further! My Social Security deposit day cannot come fast enough!
October 4, 2016, 4:20 pm
Value8.3
Burn9.3
Draw9
Flavor9.6
Enjoyment9.5
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