Combining influences of Jamaica, Nicaragua, and spaghetti westerns, comes The Upsetters by Foundation Cigar Company. The Upsetters shines light on a faction of Jamaican culture known as rude boys; this group embodied the underdog or the ani-hero, drawing influence from spaghetti westerns and helping to shape the ska subculture of the 1960s.
How does all of this tie into Nicaragua? The two countries are not as distant as you might think, with Nicaragua being located 500 miles to Jamaica's west and being connected with an underwater Caribbean shelf known as the Nicaraguan Rise. This coast of Nicaragua is sometimes dubbed the Reggae coast. Foundation owner, Nick Melillo, combined his love for each country and their unique cultures with The Upsetters cigar collection. The cigars combine Nicaraguan filler with Jamaican tobacco, which has a tobacco-growing history as old as Cuba! These fillers are wrapped in a variety of wrapper styles and flavored by a technique known as Caribbean atmospheric herbal fusion.
What do The Upsetters cigars taste like?
· Django: medium-bodied with flavors of sweet tea, aromatic florals, citrus rind, and buttered toast.
· Small Ax: mild to medium in body, with smooth flavors of cream, citrus, barnyard hay, and sage.
· The Original Rude Boy: dark and fuller in intensity, with flavors of clove, cinnamon, sweet tea, and ginger.
· The Skipper: mild to medium, with notes of cream, citrus, florals, and sage.
· Para el Sapo: a candela wrapper contributes to a profile of lemon grass, vegetation, sweet florals, and cardamom.
· ZOLA: a dark wrapper brings a fuller body and flavors of oak, sweet tea, clove, and juicy fruit.
· Rock Steady: smooth, with a mild-medium intensity and flavors of barnyard hay, aromatic florals, buttered toast, and sage.
· SKA: mild to medium in body, with sweet and aromatic flavors of citrus, lemon grass, cardamom, and sweet, fruity tea.