The Foundation begins shipping the second batch of Highclere Senetjer Castle
In early July, Foundation Cigar Co. announced… Highclere Castle Highclere Castle Senetjer has become an annual release, with 500 boxes scheduled to be released in November each year. Today, the companies announced that these cigars are on their way to stores.
The Senetjer is a perfect 6 3/4 x 52 that debuted in 2022 as a limited edition item from both companies, with 2,800 boxes of 12 cigars produced when the cigar was announced as a limited edition. An additional 500 boxes are now being produced, which the two companies say will be an annual tradition.
The line is made at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua SA, with a blend that includes an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper and an undisclosed filler blend.
This second batch will still be priced at $33 per cigar, the same price as the 2022 release.
“There has been such outcry and love for Senetjer that we all thought a November annual release was appropriate,” Nicholas Melillo, owner of Foundation Cigar Co., said in a press release.
Sennitger was released to mark the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhaman’s tomb in November 1922 by archaeologists Howard Carter and George Herbert, who funded the operation.
Herbert was the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and his home was Highclere Castle, which was filled with artefacts from the expeditions he had funded. Highclere Castle has recently gained fame as the location for the TV show “Downtown Abbey.” Cigar Co. and George Herbert, Caravorn’s eighth landowner and grandson of the aforementioned George Herbert, have an agreement involving the production of Highclere Castle cigars.
The Synteger line takes its name from the ancient Egyptian word for incense, which is translated as “of the gods” and “that which sanctifies.”
“I have loved the culture and history of Egypt since I was a young child. It is a great honor to work on this project with Lord Carnarvon and Adam von Goetken. This product is truly something unique and special.” Melillo said.
The cigar box was designed to be a replica of a storage box found in the cemetery, other than the addition of Highclere Castle which was translated in ancient hieroglyphs and engraved on the face of the box. Senetjer’s packaging was designed in collaboration with archaeologists Colin and John Darnell, and ranked fifth in the Half the wheel Packaging Awards 2022.