Team Cigar Review: Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath

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Cigar Details: Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath

  • Vitola: Perfecto
  • Length: 5″
  • Ring Gauge: 58
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
  • Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez
  • Blender: Nicholas Melillo
  • Price: $14.00
  • Release Date: October 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates via Havana Phil’s

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

The wrapper on the Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath is dark brown, slightly lighter towards the foot, with some lightly raised veins present. The seams are very smooth and the tapered head and foot are decently finished. The cigar has two bands with the primary being the traditional design for the line. The secondary strip band carries the vitola name as well as the measurements in a similar color combination to the primary. The aroma from the wrapper is lightly damp wood and dark chocolate while the foot brings wood and light sweetness. The pre-light draw brings nicely aged cedar and a dry wood experience on my lips.

Pre-light Experience

A beautifully constructed perfecto, the Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath is finished with gorgeous bands. The artwork is amazing. The cigar sports a wrapper that is dark in color, true maduro, and it has small if any veins present throughout. The texture is slightly gritty and I am picking up aromas of rich earth, chocolate cake, tobacco and cedar.

Pre-light Experience

The Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath comes in a zeppelin perfecto shape, and is double banded. The bands are well designed with interesting and bright elements, and gold accents. Aromas from the cigar included sweet wood and earth undertones. From the foot, I was only able to pick out earth.

Pre-light Experience

The Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath has a hearty, maduro, Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. Veins are well pressed, seams tight but visible and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper give faint cedar and dry soil. Aromas from the tapered foot are a bit tough to “sniff” out. I’m mainly getting some rich white pepper spice. Cold draw reveals dark cocoa, cedar and red peppers.

First Third

The cigar begins with some dark wood, along with some cedar and a trailing baking spice. At a half inch in, the cedar has a slight lead over the dark wood while the baking spice is a bit muddled and in the background. The retrohale is a musty general wood note with light baking spice. As the third comes to a close, the dark wood takes a slight lead over the cedar with the baking spice having morphed to black pepper and picking up a bit in fullness. The strength in this third was right at medium.

First Third

The first third opens up with some dry cedar notes and I am picking up some oak as well. There are faint earth notes, but plenty of Asian spices. I am getting some cinnamon and the finish is of curry powder. In terms of strength and body, the cigar is smoking just below medium-full.

First Third

My first third experience opened with medium strength sweetness, light leather and a medley of wood, earth and cedar to finish in the post draw. Baking spices join the already full post draw experience a few puffs later, as pepper begins to sit on my palate between draws. That pepper evolves to take on a chili pepper intensity at medium-full to full levels.

First Third

The first third gives a medium plus body, chewy and viscous smoking experience. Flavors of cocoa, unsweetened milk creaminess, faint trailing red pepper spice and cedar. Retrohaling gives a fresh red pepper pop that lasts in the nasal passages for a good amount of time. Strength is medium plus.

Second Third

As the second third begins, the black pepper has increased a bit more and has a really long finish. At a quarter inch in, some dry earth joins the profile and the overall profile is a bit dry. At a half inch in, the dark wood gains a heavy toast and the cedar is no longer detectable. The retrohale is toasted wood and dry earth. At an inch in, the black pepper has become quite mellow. As the third comes to a close, the black pepper is gone and the profile is pretty dry. The strength remains at medium.

Second Third

The second third shows some transitioning and I am picking up some milk chocolate with sea salt notes. There are some cedar and herbal notes present, and the finish has some soft Asian spice notes. This third delivers a medium strength and body experience.

Second Third

Sweet leather and a sweet post draw cedar greet me in the second third. Mild baking spices push through as the second third settles in. I found the second third to be far more subtle and nuanced than the experience in the first third.

Second Third

The second third’s profile changes things up a bit. The viscosity of the smoke is less noticeable, and the overall vibe leans more towards being red pepper and cedar forward. At times there’s a rawness to the pepper and cedar, giving it a charred character. Strength continues to be medium-full.

Final Third

As the final third begins, there are hints of bitter bakers chocolate mixed in with the heavily toasted dark wood and dry earth. At a quarter inch in, some black pepper returns. The retrohale is toasted wood, dry earth and black pepper that are all even. The cigar wraps up with the heavily toasted wood and dry earth with some black pepper in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly above medium.

Final Third

The final third delivers a flavor profile of soft earth, cedar and oak. There are some chocolate notes present and with that are some soft spices. There are some faint salt and herbal notes, but very faint. Those Asian spices have vanished. In terms of strength and body, I would classify the cigar as medium.

Final Third

The last third begins with sweet leather, with earth and cedar finishing into the post draw. Creaminess develops after a few puffs and tannins join the post draw cedar as it settles in.

Final Third

Nothing changed from the second third to last third. The profile is still red pepper and cedar forward with rawness and some charred notes attached. The largest missing factor is the milk creaminess present within the first third. Strength and body finishes medium-full.

Burn

The burn line was slightly wavy at times but never needed any attention. The ash held on to the halfway point and then again until I set the cigar down.

Burn

Great burn throughout. Well constructed cigar.

Burn

The burn started straight, became lopsided by the halfway point of the first third, correcting on its own. Ash held on well, up to 2 inches.

Burn

Burn performance was almost flawless. Some minor deductions due to flowery ashes and uneven burn.

Draw

The draw was slightly tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience. I skipped a second cut to prevent things opening up too much since the taper on the head is quite steep.

Overall

The Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath started well enough, but once it got to the second third, the profile became quite linear and a bit monotonous as it was focused around toasted wood and dry earth. The vitola isn’t the most comfortable to smoke based on the taper of the head, but nothing that really distracted me from the cigar. This is a fun size, but I’d be more inclined to go back to the more traditional vitolas in the line as I think the provide a better flavor profile.

Draw

Very good draw from start to finish.

Overall

A beautiful cigar with amazing packaging, the Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath is a disappointing blend. I was hoping for more with the blend breakdown, but the flavors never popped. They remained consistent and solid from start to finish, but they were never really good. The construction was great, and the body and strength were solid, but the flavors never reached the level that I wanted and was expecting.

Draw

Like many perfectos, the Goliath started out very tight, roughly 4 to 4-1/2 notches into the resistant spectrum. Once the cigar reached the shoulder, it opened up, but was still resistant at roughly 3 to 3-1/2 notches.

Overall

The Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath did enough to keep my palate engaged through the first and second thirds. The last third was a bit of a let down, but the combination of flavors and an interesting vitola format won me over in the end. The price point might have me hesitant to smoke these more regularly, but I think this will be another release win for Foundation. Burn was great, but the cigar was plagued with a resistant draw through the review. Total smoking time was 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Draw

The draw was flawless, striking the ideal air flow.

Overall

Like many cigars I experienced this (fiscal) year, the Foundation The Tabernacle Goliath is another example of a good start, followed by mediocrity. The first third is basically the ideal version of what a good Connecticut broadleaf should be: chewy, viscous and a good balance of sweet and earth. But past that point, the profile was too earth centric with unpleasant rawness and charred earthiness. I hope to revisit this cigar after it gets some more humidor time.

Aaron
Seth
John
Jiunn
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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$2.39

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

6.20

Cost/Point

$2.26

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John McTavish

SCORE

6.37

Cost/Point

$2.20

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Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.00

Cost/Point

$2.33

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