Foundation Charter Oak Maduro


Handmade at the famed Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Foundation Charter Oak Maduro is a value-priced cigar that smokes like a premium. A rugged, sweet USA Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper surrounds the Foundation Charter Oak Maduro’s Sumatran binder and Nicaraguan fillers to create earthy and chocolatey notes with hints of cedar. – Cigar Scanner.


Manufacturer: AJ Fernandez

Origin: Nicaragua

Strength: Medium

Wrapper: USA Connecticut Broadleaf

Wrapper Color: Maduro

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Nicaragua

My Review

I bought one of these Foundation Charter Oak Maduro cigars on a family vacation down in Tennessee for $6.00 and I wish I would have bought more. For only $6.00 you get a premium cigar that would normally cost you $8.00 to $12.00 easy.

I smoked this one at my beautiful daughter’s 1st birthday party. Everyone had already eaten dinner, sang happy birthday, she had opened her birthday presents and she had some cake. It was such a great party for such a sweet little girl.

Notre Dame was also playing Cincinnati and I knew they were going to lose, so I decided to go and smoke a cigar. I ended up picking a winner, which is more than you can say about Notre Dame’s QB situation.

At first the burn started to stray from that perfect even burn, but it ended up correcting itself on its own without having to do any relighting on my end, I just did a little rotating and it evened itself out for the rest of the smoke. So, just to be picky I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I think the ban on this cigar is beautiful and it goes great with the name, Charter Oak. I actually brought back quite a few acorns from our trip and I plan to try and grow several different types of oak trees from seed, so for me, that made this cigar that much more unique. 5 out of 5 for appearance.

The draw was on point and I just used a standard cigar cutter, so another 5 stars here.

I’ve been on a maduro kick lately and I have to say this is a very underrated maduro. I had never heard of or seen this cigar before, and I am glad I stumbled upon this gem while in Tennessee. The Foundation Charter Oak Maduro starts off a little strong but mellows out as you go. From the start you get intense notes of leather and dark chocolate. But as you make your way to the sweet spot of the stogie, it becomes very smooth, yet still very flavorful with notes of earthiness, leather, smooth chocolate and an oakiness like taste. I’d say this is a medium to full bodied cigar that is extremely smooth yet full of flavor. Another 5 out of 5 stars.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but maduro cigars smell the best out off all the different types of wrappers. And the Foundation Charter Oak Maduro is no exception. Another 5 out of 5 stars.

My Rating

Draw: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Appearance: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Burn: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Aroma: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Taste: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall: 4.8 / 5


U.S. Retail Single: $4.80 – $6.20

U.S Retail Box: $110.00 – $130.00

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