Foundry Elements H2O review

During the 2013 IPCPR Foundry Tobacco Co. gave out some mysterious information about their new lines. The mystery deepened when it was announced that out of the twelve new offerings half would be online only and the other half would be at your local brick and mortar tobacconist. The Foundry Tobacco Co website showcased these rare blendings to create the Compounds, Elements & Musings line. The Foundry Tobacco Co site states:

Inspired by the periodic table, Compounds, Elements, and Musings is a study in contrasts and complexities. Here, chemical elements are represented by 18 exotic blends, each exhibited in arresting packaging. Multitudes of tobacco, handpicked from obscurity, compose the common thread among them.

There are six offerings that are exclusive to brick and mortar stores. For the H2O line, there are three distinct blends that combine to form…water. Honestly you get three cigars that share the box and the shape. An interesting box, an interesting shape and some interesting tobaccos.

The format of our review is based upon the individual blends. They all share the same sizes and the same base tobaccos but with no real blend info. The box states that the tobacco origins are Costa Rica and Mysterioso.

Here are my notes on the H, 2 and O cigars:

The Facts:

  • Maker:            Foundry Tobacco Co.
  • Size:               4 inches
  • Ring gauge:   49×48
  • Vitola:            Short Perfecto
  • Wrapper:        Secret
  • Binder:           Secret
  • Filler:              Secret
  • Origin:            Dominican Republic
  • No. smoked:   1 of each

Foundry Elements H2O group

The Review:

Each of the cigars comes with an enormous band stating either H, 2 or O. The band slips off effortlessly making lighting and smoking the cigar easy to accomplish. Looking at the bands, they are simple photocopies of the letter of the element, a couple screws below and then a radian bursting out toward the base of the band. The picture reminds me of an older, manual typewriter and ribbon. Each of the cigars are very well rolled short perfectos, which means that they will all have draw issues at the start. The best thing that I have found for any perfecto is to toast a good quarter inch of the foot, puff a little and then really start smoking. This worked well with each of the cigars.

Foundry Elements H2O H

H

Checking out the cigar the toothy wrapper had some aromas of hay and cocoa. This vitola had an oily sheen and was built solid. The cap was slightly crooked but glued well. The color of the cigar was a chocolate brown with a slightly reddish hue. The pre-light tastes were faint but had some earthiness and pepper. When lit, it started very bitter and followed into huge notes of spicy pepper. As the cigar progressed the pepper stayed there on full tilt with some hints of oak and rich notes of cocoa. At the end of the cigar some distinct flavors of graham cracker came through the spiciness and finished strong. The ash on this particular vitola was dark grey and flaky. The strength of the cigar kept even in the medium to medium full range and the body was strong.

Foundry Elements H2O 2

2

For the second cigar of the water formula, the look was completely different. Showing some nice oils and a little bit of tooth, the wrapper was much darker than the others. The cap was better on the 2 and the construction was solid. Aromas of sweet tobacco and bread were very apparent and the pre-light draw gave some cocoa, tobacco and a slight salitness. On the light, the cigar started on a sweet, almost fruity note followed by some cedar and mild pepper flavors. As the smoke progressed an espresso came out with the pepper, the fruitiness receded and a nice molasses taste left a sweetness in the mouth. Smoke production was very good with this cigar and construction was very nice. The ash was grey and flaky, similar to the H. The strength of the cigar was a solid medium and the body was medium as well.

Foundry Elements H2O O

O

The last cigar in the group showed some veins on the toothy wrapper and was definitely the lightest shade of the bunch, the color of a café latte. The wrapper gave aromas of sweet wood and tobacco and the pre-light flavor was papery. Construction was well done on this cigar, similar to the other vitolas in this offering. After lighting, the cigar opened up very well with some huge notes of sweet cedar. Layered below the cedar, which lasted through the length of the cigar, there was a very light leather taste with some almond nuttiness and a slight tanginess. The middle of the cigar had some very light pepper flavors but the star of this particular cigar was cedar. Toward the end the spicy pepper flavor ramps up but has no chance against the cedar.

The entire offering shared some great flavors of pepper and cedar. To be certain, they share some tobaccos between them but they are distinct in certain flavor profiles: the H with the huge spicy pepper, the 2 with its sweetness and the O with the cedar.

Each of them were well within the range of medium strength with the H coming out a bit ahead of the rest.

Elements H2O box

A label on the box shows the various countries of tobacco origin for the entire Foundry Elements line. The box for the H2O had only the Costa Rica and the Mysterioso boxes checked. I was told that this was done purposefully by the creators of the line so that tobaccos would not give you a specific pre-smoke impression but would allow the smoker to simply enjoy rare tobaccos.

As we stated, this cigar line, the Foundry Elements, has been released to both the online/catalog retailers as well as the brick and mortar communities. Personally I think that this ultimately hurts the local tobacconist as the consumer will come in, ask for a Foundry Elements and then be told that only half of them are available.

Most of the Elements blends will be very limited in the number of boxes made and will become a rare commodity. These are made small batch and limited production. Once they are off the shelves, they will be gone forever. Only two blends in the line will be available after the others are gone: the Carbon and the Uranium.

Overall, these cigars are something that everyone should try to get. As they are uniquely for the brick and mortar retailers, I highly advise that you try to get some of each to try now before they disappear. Visually the box is unique: all three cigars packed in the same box in different sections. The packaging is definitely not unique to Foundry Tobacco as many manufacturers put multiple blends in a single box, oftentimes as a sampler of a line. What makes the H2O Elements cigars unique would be the mystery behind the blends and the idea to just try it. What recommendations would I give for pairing this offering: the H would have to be with a Chile Colorado, the 2 has some great dessert qualities, especially with crème brulee and the O would be fantastic with a pulled pork sandwich and all the fixins.

My recommendation: get some now and try to keep a few stocked in The Humidor.

ArnaudMCK  Aaron McKinley

Foundry Elements Plutonium Green Review

During the 2013 IPCPR Foundry Tobacco Co., an offshoot of the General Cigar Company, gave out some information and a few pictures about their new lines. A new Foundry Tobacco Co website was built that showcased interesting new box designs combined with rare blendings to create the Compounds, Elements & Musings line. The Foundry Tobacco Co site states:

Inspired by the periodic table, Compounds, Elements, and Musings is a study in contrasts and complexities. Here, chemical elements are represented by 18 exotic blends, each exhibited in arresting packaging. Multitudes of tobacco, handpicked from obscurity, compose the common thread among them.

Apparently, there will be six offerings that will be internet/catalog only. Likewise there will be six additional offerings that will be exclusive to brick and mortar stores. Looking across the InterWebs, I stumbled across the Plutonium, Europium and Vanadium blends. The Plutonium grouping is unique in that it gives four unique blends to four different boxes of cigars. Combined together, these boxes form a bundle of dynamite.

This review is for the Plutonium Green.

Plutonium PU Green start

The Facts:

  • Maker:           Foundry Tobacco Co.
  • Size:              5 inches
  • Ring gauge:   50
  • Vitola:            Pu Green
  • Wrapper:        Secret
  • Binder:           Secret
  • Filler:              Secret
  • Origin:            Dominican Republic
  • No. smoked:   1

The Review:

Checking out the cigar the focus immediately goes to the band. As you can see, the band leaves a small area for the cap and a slightly smaller area for the foot of the cigar. The green is striking and the Pu – the elemental symbol for plutonium – shows up very well. The toothy wrapper had some aromas of wood and floral – almost a jasmine. The foot of this cigar held a nice chocolate and woody aroma. This vitola is solid and the cap is done well. The color of the cigar was chocolate brown with a slight reddish tinge, similar to a colorado wrapper. Both bands were placed well but the larger, top band seemed to be cut on a curve. The pre-light taste were notes of tea and a hint of floral.

Plutonium PU Green 1_3

The first third of the cigar started off with a huge pepper note. As the tobacco burned the pepper began to fade a little, replaced with sweet cedar and oak. This cigar had some saltiness to it that was accentuated by the oak. The smoke production was good and the burn was pretty even. The ash was very firm and had to be bumped off. The aroma coming from the cigar was rich with oak and good tobacco. The ash was dark and light grey.

Plutonium PU Green 2_3

By the time the second third showed the pepper was in and out. The strength of the cigar was firmly in the medium range and the flavor of oak was strong. An additional taste of strong brewed tea was coming up at the beginning of this section. The vitola continued to put out good smoke that smelled of oak. It was at this point that I noted that the oak flavor was very reminiscent of a well-seasoned fireplace. The burn was still good and the cigar never needed a touch up.

The final third of the cigar continued with the oak. The flavors stayed at a consistent level; they didn’t ramp up as I expected they would. The sweet cedar was there again with a little bit of a tangy mouth feel. Right at the end, a nice buttery note peeked though, lasting long enough to finish the cigar on a great flavor, similar to a salted caramel. This vitola took 60 minutes to smoke.

Plutonium PU Green Fin

The Foundry Plutonium Green shows some real strong flavor. I mentioned earlier that it reminded me of a well-seasoned fireplace. It’s the oak and char taste that makes it so unique.

The band on this cigar is quite impressive if only to almost completely hide the cigar. When the wrapper is removed, the leaf below is very toothy with some oils.

The upper band is different in its artistic interpretation. The P is there but plutonium is Pu on the periodic charts. I’m not sure I see where the ‘u’ is located. The color of green is vibrant

Pu Box side_by_side

The box that this particular vitola came packed in looks only vaguely like what the Foundry Tobacco Co. site shows. Putting both pictures side by side, you can see that there is no front latch but slide top lid. The large, black rubber band is there and I love it. The Pu plutonium mark is found everywhere on each of the boxes. I can only assume that the box on the Foundry site didn’t do so well on its own weight and tipped over too much.

There are four different Plutonium blends: Green, White, Orange and Yellow. The cigar cellophane sticker states Plutonium Green 4. Each blend in the Plutonium line will be sized 5 x 50.

Plutonium Label

A label on the box shows the various countries of tobacco origin. In addition, you will find a box for Mysterioso and “Smoke It” The Plutonium blends have all of them marked. More secrets…

These cigars have been released to online and catalog entities and are available now. While I normally try to buy strictly from brick and mortar, with this series I went where the cigars were.

These Plutonium blends will be very limited in the number of boxes made and will become a rare commodity. These are made small batch and limited production. Once they are off the shelves, they will be gone forever.

Overall, this cigar is a solid buy. Visually it’s unique: the box is stunning. I loved how the cigar was packed and the tastes were unique, a rare feat. The artistic side of the packaging may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it gets your attention and the cigar’s flavor will hold it there. I would personally recommend having this cigar after a nice dinner of pulled pork or brisket.

My recommendation: get some now and keep this one stocked in The Humidor.