Macanudo 1968

Macanudo 1968

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Rothschild (short robusto)
Size : 4.5 x 50 (114 x 20 mm)
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Habano
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each

It’s been quite a while since I reviewed a Macanudo on this blog. My latest experiences were, at the very least, disappointing. When I heard that a new blend was being released, “rich, dark and inexpected”, full-bodied and oriented toward experienced smokers, it stirred up my curiosity. Consequently, when I saw it on sale I immediately picked up a fiver. Let’s see how the Macanudo 1968 performed.

Appearance : Rating: ★★★★½
This is a nice-looking short robusto. By the way, from what I’ve seen on General Cigar’s official website, the Rothschild size is not distributed in the United States, this must be a European release.

Construction : Rating: ★★★★★
Impressive construction. There seems to exist a consensus that the Mac 1968 is incredibly well constructed and I am adding my voice to the pool. All the cigars that I smoked had a perfect draw, a strong ash and a perfectly straight burn line. Check out this picture to see the kind of ash I was getting.

Flavor : Rating: ★★★★☆
The pre-draw brought simple yet pleasing tobacco notes. I easily lit it using my Z-plus and the first pulls immediately indicated that this Macanudo does not resemble those that I have tried in the past. Of course, it was not a full-bodied powerhouse like a DPG Blue or the Firecracker, but it’s definitely at least medium-bodied. The bouquet nicely mixes sweetness, bitterness and spiciness. In the first third, the sweetness dominates but is progressively outshadowed by the spice as the second third sets in. At that moment, the cigar features some serious spice attenuated by earth and cedar notes. This is true until the very end of the cigar.

Value : Rating: ★★★½☆
At $6 per single, this is not on the cheaper side as it’s advertised as a premium cigar. The Macanudo 1968 probably can’t be considered as a good deal, but I feel it’s rather worth the MSRP tag.

Overall Rating : Rating: ★★★★☆
General Cigar achieved their goal of offering something more than a mild, flavorless smoke with this blend. Although it obviously can’t be compared to the top boutique cigars, it is a big step forward. I can easily see the Mac 1968 prompting novice cigar smokers to try something more powerful and flavorful.