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Written by Paul

Sunday, 25 January 2009

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When cigar smokers hear the name “Macanudo”, you get one of two reactions. The newer smoker will recognize the Macanudo name as it is one of the most common brands out there, having been around seemingly forever. The seasoned smoker will often scoff at the notion of smoking a Macanudo. Macanudo's reputation for being mild has also given it the reputation of being a beginner's cigar. Whether you're a Macanudo fan or not, the new Macanudo 1968 is worth a try, it's like no other Macanudo you've ever smoked.

According to General Cigar, the Macanudo 1968 is about as different a Macanudo is you've ever had. By Macanudo standards it is bold; realistically it is a generally full-bodied cigar. According to their website, the Macanudo 1968 experience goes something like this:

Macanudo 1968 boasts a bold new taste that perfectly balances the cigar's fuller-bodied tobaccos. Aged in tercios and charcoaled wooden barrels to further enrich its flavor, the blend marries Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco to a proprietary filler cultivated exclusively for General Cigar in the remote island of Ometepe. These tobaccos were developed expressly to complement the Connecticut Habano binder and flawless Honduran San Agustin wrapper.

Ometepe is an island in a lake in Nicaragua, for that matter, an island actually in Lake Nicaragua. Ometepe was formed by two volcanoes rising out of the lake. General has blended the new Macanudo 1968 with filler from the island. These unique tobaccos were developed specifically to complement the Connecticut Habano binder and Honduran San Agustin wrapper.

The cigars come in four different sizes. The Churchill is 7 x 49, the Gigante is a thick 6 x 60 Toro shape, the Robusto is 5 x 50, and finally, the Toro is 6 x 54.

For this review, we smoked the robusto. One thing you'll notice right away about this cigar is the rich oily looking wrapper. I would suggest taking the cellophane off as soon as possible, and letting the cigar breathe some fresh air. The Macanudo 1968 is going to go a long way in convincing those that don't believe they like full-bodied cigars, to rethink their opinions. Being a firm believer in trying the whole spectrum of flavor experiences, the Macanudo 1968 provides a nice opportunity to gently glide into a more full-bodied smoke.

The initial spice when first lighting up this robusto may scare away a few folks that aren't used to full-bodied smoke, but have patience as it mellows very quickly. You won't get more than a half an inch into the cigar, before it smooths out and provides a nice solid medium to full-bodied experience.

As with most cigars by General, the construction is very good. Not flawless, not perfect, but very good. For the price you pay, just around 10 bucks, you may expect a little bit more, on the construction side, but this is better than average.

The aroma and ash are consistent throughout the cigar. Some folks will complain that the end of cigar is not as good as the beginning, but those folks also need to realize very few cigars are. That complaint is not worth discounting the value of the Macanudo 1968. The heat you'll experience at the end of this cigar does detract from the consistency of flavor, but is something I am willing to put up with to smoke the first 90% of this guy. It's also interesting to note that this minor heat problem was not evident in the larger ring gauge cigars of this line. So if this is something that overly concerns you stick to the larger smokes in the Macanudo 1968 line.

While the Macanudo 1968 has not hit all of the retailers yet, it should fairly soon. The sizes range in price, and depending on taxation, and how you buy them can range from $150-$200 per box.

I wish I could tell you that I have the palate to be able to taste the inside of the charcoaled wooden barrels they age this tobacco in, but I don't. And I'm not sure many of the average smokers do. That said, let's not over obsess, and simply call this what it is… a good cigar from Macanudo that breaks the mold that Macanudo had made for itself. If you're a Macanudo fan, rejoice, your favorite brand has just created a cigar that will gently introduce you to the complex flavors and unique smoking experience. A full-bodied cigar will provide.

Pick a couple up and try them, you won't be disappointed.




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