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Cigar Review: Foundation Cigar Co. Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142

Toar Campbell

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Foundation Cigar Co. Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142




Master blender, Nicholas Melillo, has been working with choice farmers in the Connecticut River Valley since 2014 to develop the Havana Seed CT #142 wrapper.

The seed is extremely rare and unlike any other tobacco in the world.

Due to the incredible amount of oil from the plant, it takes 3 yrs to undergo the fermentation process.

The results make for a delicious medium to full-bodied blend.  – Foundation Cigar Co.




Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 on display at the Foundation Cigar Co. Booth, 2018 IPCPR Las Vegas NV.




“Blending The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 was a passion project for Melillo, and he says it took three years to perfect.

The wrapper, he explains, was particularly difficult and time consuming to ferment.

“This wrapper is incredibly oily, unique and flavorful,” Melillo said.

“It is one of the most difficult wrappers to ferment in my opinion but the end result is well worth it.”


– Nick Melillo



Available Sizes: 

  • Doble Corona: 7 x 54
  • Toro: 6 x 52
  • Corona: 5 1/4 x 46
  • Robusto: 5 x 50






The Connecticut Havana seed #142 wrapper has a red rosado hued color in direct sunlight.

Glistening with oils showing heavy tooth vein and seam it has a rough texture and feels like rough shark skin or extra fine sandpaper.

At 6 x 52 it’s rolled in the Toro format with a wide open foot and a rounded cap.

One band sits on the cigar, essentially it looks identical to the image of none other than Haile Selassie, 225th King of Abyssinia, whose lineage traces directly to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

The reference to “Tabernacle” is the container for the Ark of the Covenant.

The difference being the color of red with gold accents and this time the King has his face turned almost staring at you.

Below reads “The TABERNACLE HAVANA SEED CT No 142” in gold font on a red background.

Pre-light aroma had notes of damp earth, cedar and leather.

The cold draw produced flavors of dried fruity notes, sangria and plain black tea.







An aroma of heavy woody cedar off the toasted foot.

Initial first light flavors of burnt wood and bitter orange peel.

The blend settles in quickly with flavors of coffee, cedar with mild floral and dried fruit.

Distinct flavors of fennel and black poppy seeds with a creamy bite off the Havana seed wrapper.

The background profile is producing notes of anise similar to black licorice and clove.

The spicy element is in the form of dirty black pepper at a level of MED creating a complex balance to the blend.

Clean white pepper on the retro-hale evolving into a long finish of cinnamon spice.




In the second half raw dark chocolate appears with black coffee, fennel and black poppy seeds with a mild cedar char.

Background flavors remain consistent with black licorice and clove.

The spicy element of black pepper has tapered off slightly balancing in with a distinct creamy leather bite.

There’s a slight increase in the retro-hale with FULL white pepper evolving into a long finish of cinnamon spice.




In the final duration the Tabernacle Havana Seed CT has remained consistent and balanced.

Flavors of raw dark chocolate, coffee with the wrapper influence of fennel and black poppy seeds adding a bite.

The background profile is balancing in with all aforementioned flavors of black licorice, clove and a hint of dried fruit.

Black pepper has been over powered by a distinct leather bite keeping the vitola MED-PLUS to FULL bodied with a perfect balance throughout.

FULL white pepper on the retro evolving into a long finish of cinnamon producing a spicy bite.




• CONSTRUCTION: Solid construction on the Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142. The wrapper looked rough and rustic without palpable soft spots or inconsistencies.


• BURN: The burn line was straight on two of the three examples smoked for review. The third example used for photos burned slightly uneven but self corrected in the final third.


• ASH: At times the ash was jet black but morphed to salt and pepper in color when cooled holding an inch plus.


• CUT: V-Cut all examples in the Toro format.


• DRAW: Perfect milkshake type resistance producing copious amounts of thick aroma filled smoke.


• RE-LIGHTS: Zero.


• FIRE: JetLine triple torch.






I was given one of these at the Foundation Cigar Co. booth at the 2018 trade show in Las Vegas and for lack of a better term it was extremely green!

Even Nicholas Melillo commented that they needed additional aging time to mellow out.

All good things come to those who wait.

The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 has been aged to perfection with some upper echelon balance and complexity that we’ve come to expect from the self proclaimed “King of the Broadleaf”.

Worth mentioning is the influence the Havana seed wrapper had on the blend producing distinct flavors of fennel and black poppy seeds keeping the vitola in the MED-PLUS to FULL wheelhouse from first light to final third.





Cigar reviewed: Foundation Cigar Co. Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 

Cigars for review: Purchased

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke Rate: 94

Size: 6 x 52 (Toro)

Wrapper:  Havana Seed CT No. 142

Binder: Mexican San Andrés

Filler: Nicaragua, Estelí, Jalapa, Honduran, Jamastran

Factory: Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua 

News source: Foundation Cigar Co. press release

Photos by: Cigar Smoke

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