Cigar Czars


Review of Charter Oak Cigars

By: Gary Manelski

Charter Oak cigars were introduced by the Foundation Cigar Company back in 2016. This cigar is made with a Connecticut Shade wrapper, Sumatra binder, and a blend of filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. These cigars are available is several sizes including the Toro (6 x 52), which is the subject of this review. Charter Oak cigars are also available in Maduro and Habano versions (not reviewed here). The cigars were available in 5-packs selling for $28, during March 2021. Charter Oak cigars have a closed foot, where excess wrapper leaf is folded over the foot of the cigar instead of being cut away. For more info, visit

The Charter Oak Connecticut Shade Toro cigar began with a slight woodsy and nutty flavor, and was smooth and creamy. The cigar is medium bodied, and is a very appropriate choice for new cigar smokers. Charter Oak Connecticut Shade cigars are not very complex, and the flavors were pretty consistent from start to finish. Not at all overpowering, and the flavors were pretty mild and unassuming, to say the most.

Although there was a small crack in the wrapper near the head of one of the samples, it did not affect the draw and I can still say that Charter Oak cigars are very well made. All samples tested had a good draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed during the 60-65 minutes that it took me to smoke them down to two inches remaining.

I rate Charter Oak Connecticut Shade Toro cigars with a good 3.75 points on a five-point scale. Priced at around $6 or less per stick (depending on quantity and size purchased), they are a good value compared to the typical $10 price tag attached to many brand name cigars these days. However, even better values can still be found, so stay tuned!


Charter Oak Cigar
Charter Oak Cigar