Cigar Czars

Review of Foundry AC-DC Shoreham Cigar

By: Gary Manelski

General Cigar's Foundry Brand was introduced by Michael Giannini back in 2012. Except for the Connecticut wrappers, this brand of cigars is made entirely with non-traditional tobaccos, and the company is keeping the blend proprietary. I have smoked several of these cigars over a 20-month period since they were first released. Although I was not overly impressed at first, I enjoyed them more over time with each successive smoke. The flavor is a bit different, and will only improve after spending some time in your humidor.

In 2013, the brand released its first line extension called War of Currents. I picked up a Foundry AC-DC Shoreham cigar at a recent cigar event, and enjoyed it even more than I expected. Notice in the picture that the metal gear used as a secondary band on the original Foundry cigar was replaced by a new metal band including the name Foundry. The size of the cigar's ring gauge is inscribed on the reverse side of the metal band.

The Foundry Shoreham cigar that I sampled was medium bodied and very mellow with an unusual but mild sweet spicy flavor that complimented its light woodsy taste. The cigar had a great draw, even burn, and held a long ash. No relights nor touch-ups were needed. It took me 45 minutes to smoke the 5 x 54 Shoreham down to two inches remaining. I rate it a very solid 4 points on a 5-point scale. Price for a single is $8.25, but a box of 24 will cost around $178, while 5-packs sell for about $37.

Foundry Shoreham Cigar


Michael Giannini Introduces His New Foundry Cigars at 2012 IPCPR