New product continues to ship to retailers following the 2022 PCA trade show this July, where most manufacturers introduce new product for the first time. This now includes Foundation Cigar Company’s new Olmec line, which was announced on July 1st and is now shipping.
Olmec is rolled in claro and maduro varieties of Mexican San Andrés wrapper—with the cigars being themed around the Olmec people of Mexico, who pre-date both the Mayans and Aztecs.
They are the first to create mathematically precise pyramids, calendars, and, as far as we know, the first to smoke cigars. The Heart Land of the Olmecs is the tropical lowlands of modern-day Mexican states of Veracruz, Tabasco, and San Andrés Tuxtla. Today, this is the same region that grows some of the finest San Andrès Negro wrapper tobacco. This seed variety is considered one of the oldest seed varieties in the world.
The Olmec line includes the Olmec Claro and Olmec Maduro, with both showcasing different shades of a San Andrés Negro wrapper that is “fermented slowly at low temperatures to preserve the natural oils that give flavor.” The cigars also include all-Nicaraguan binder/fillers from Estelí and Jalapa, which are bale-aged for three years before arriving on the production floor.
Olmec cigars are now shipping to retailers in Foundation’s home state of Connecticut, as well as the Ligero Tobacco House in Buford, GA (home to the only Foundation Cigar Co. lounge in the country). Shipments will expand to the rest of the country, expected to arrive at all other Foundation retailers on Sep. 23rd.
The cigars are crafted out of the A.J. Fernández factory in Estelí, with five sizes that are priced between $12.50 and $16 per cigar.
Corona Gorda: 5½” x 48 | $12.50 ($150 per 12-ct box)
Robusto: 5? x 50 | $13.50 ($162 per 12-ct box)
Toro: 6? x 52 | $14.50 ($174 per 12-ct box)
Grande: 6? x 60 | $15.50 ($186 per 12-ct box)
DB Corona: 7? x 52 | $16.00 ($192 per 12-ct box)