James & Sons Tobacconists is proud to announce that we will be hosting a very special launch event for the premier Highclere Castle Cigar on Monday, November 6th from 2-4 pm. Special guests will include George Herbert, 8th Earl of Carnarvon, and master blender Nicholas Melillo, founder of Foundation Cigars.
Globally recognized as the iconic face of the award-winning television drama Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is now producing a cigar reminiscent of those enjoyed there during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
To create and produce the cigar, Highclere Castle Cigar Company has partnered with world-renowned cigar producer Nicholas Melillo, the former head of Drew Estate Nicaragua. Nicholas formed Foundation Cigar Company in 2015 to craft hand-made cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua, and Highclere Castle is the latest cigar in Foundation’s exceptional line.
Highclere’s rich cigar history goes back to 1862, when cigars were first introduced to England. The tradition at Highclere Castle has always been to retire to the library after dinner for a cigar and whiskey. In 1922, the current Earl’s great-grandfather undoubtedly celebrated his and Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tut’s tomb with a cigar in hand. Recently, Highclere Castle’s archivist discovered letters and personal account records of Lord Carnarvon’s cigar purchases in the early 1900s from dealers in London as well as the Ritz Hotel.
Melillo subsequently crafted a cigar that reflects that historic flavor profile and smoking style. The Highclere Castle Cigar is hand rolled in Estelí, Nicaragua, using a Connecticut Shade wrapper, and both Criollo and Corojo from the volcanic soils of Jalapa and the island of Ometepe. The binder is made from Mata Fina, a dark tobacco from Brazil. The blend is finalized with an exclusive hybrid seed the company has named Nicadán. The resulting smoke is exceptionally creamy and elegant, with notes of pepper, citrus, leather and fireplace.