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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

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altToday’s cigar reviews will focus on the Foundry Wells and the Canimao Originales.  Is either worthy of a spot in your humidor?  It’s time to find out.

Foundry Wells

The Foundry line from General Cigar made its debut during the 2012 IPCPR show.  Described in the press release as the “brainchild of Michael Giannini,” the Foundry has an appearance that was inspired by the whole steampunk movement.  The different formats in the line are all named after writers, artists, or inventors associated with steampunk: Talbot (after comic book artist Bryan Talbot), Wells (after H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine), Lovelace (after Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer), and Cayley (after Sir George Cayley, designer of the first glider).  While the Foundry certainly has the looks of a limited edition cigar, it’s supposed to be produced on a regular basis.

The Foundry Wells measures 6 x 50.  The Foundry line is also offered in other sizes sure to fit many smokers’ needs: the 5 x 60 Talbot, 6 1/4 x 54 Lovelace, and the 6 1/2 x 60 Cayley.  The cigar's interior is made up of a blend of five proprietary tobaccos that come from four different countries.  Each of these tobaccos has been aged between three and six years.  A H-47 Pleno Sol wrapper that has been aged for eight years tops things off.   As far as strength is concerned, the Foundry line falls in the medium-bodied category.

Let's get this out of the way first: if you like cigars with a unique aura about them, the Foundry is just for you.  The cigar is very rare in its appearance due to the presentation.  There’s a typical band near the head that displays the Foundry name and other labeling info, and nestled around it is a small gear to give the cigar a steampunk vibe.  Some might find this gear to be annoying when handling the cigar and it could cause storage issues with other cigars in your humidor.  Beyond that, however, you have to give General Cigar credit for the design, as it does stand on its own apart from most cigar’s you’ll see. The cigar itself has somewhat of an oily sheen, and there are a few small veins that are noticeable.  The wrapper has a nice light brown color to it.  The cigar feels as if it is well-packed and has a barnyard scent and earthy cold taste prior to lighting.

When finally lit, the Foundry Wells performs solidly.  The draw is just right, and some solid gray ash is formed.  It never goes out on its own, and does not need any maintenance in the way of touch-ups.

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