In celebration of its 85th anniversary, The Owl Shop in New Haven, Connecticut, has commissioned Foundation Cigar Co. to make a limited edition house cigar.
First opened in 1934, The Owl Shop is located next to Yale University and has become a New Haven institution, drawing locals and visitors alike for its selection of cigars, coffee, cocktails and food and live blues and jazz.
The Owl Shop celebrated its 85th anniversary on Sept. 19 with a special event attended by Foundation Cigar Co.’s founder, Nicholas Melillo, where the limited edition cigars were unveiled. Only 100 boxes of the cigar have been made.
Foundation Cigar Co. generally doesn’t make private label cigars for shops, but Melillo made an exception for The Owl Shop. “I had to make an exception because it’s my hometown. I was born in New Haven and my family has been shopping at The Owl Shop for over 50 years.” said Mellilo in a press release announcing the cigars’ debut.
The Owl Shop cigars (5 1/2 x 54) are presented in 20-count boxes and made using a Havana seed Connecticut #142 wrapper, San Andres Mexican binder and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from Estelí and Jalapa.
Greenberg has owned and run The Owl Shop since 1998, balancing the shop’s history with modern offerings to please every palate. “After 85 years in business and much research, we finally found the perfect relationship with Nick Melillo and Foundation Cigars to create our own The Owl Shop cigar. Through months of collaboration, we have created a unique medium to full-bodied cigar with rich, diverse and balanced flavors of spice, cocoa, leather, and toffee,” he said in the same press release.