Review of the Gran Habano VL Gran Churchill and the Macanudo 1968 Robusto
Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

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macanudo 1968 robustoratings and scores

The burn of the VL Gran Churchill tends to be uneven and requires some touching-up along the way.  It has a decent draw but the ash is a bit on the flaky side.  As far as flavor goes, it is full-bodied, albeit a bit bland.  The two most dominant flavors that pretty much stay constant throughout the smoke are a spicy flavor as well as chocolate.  If you value complexity in the flavor department, you may want to give this one a pass.  If you do give it a shot, you will definitely want to smoke this one with a drink, and coffee might be a good complement.  

Other than its nice packaging, not much really stands out about the VL Gran Churchill.  The flavors don’t leave much to the imagination, and the burn is not the greatest.  However, if you do decide to give it a shot, you won’t go bankrupt in the process, as you can pick up a single for around $5.  That’s not too bad considering it is a limited edition cigar, so there is some value there.  It is at least worth trying if you enjoy full-bodied smokes.  The Gran Habano VL Gran Churchill receives a rating of 2.5 out of four stars.

Macanudo 1968 Robusto


Macanudo is one of the most well-known names in the cigar industry.  The Macanudo 1968 is a bit of a departure from the usual offerings from the manufacturer.  While most Macanudos are considered to be medium-bodied, the 1968 produces more of a kick on the full-bodied side.  The cigar is a tribute to the company’s four decades in the industry, and it is an “anniversary” offering with its release in 2008.  General Cigar, which produces Macanudos, hopes that the 1968 will elevate the already popular status of the brand as being more premium and complex rather than for smokers just entering the hobby.

The 1968 Robusto measures 5x50.  The 1968 is also offered in four larger sizes:  the 5x60 Trompeta, the 6x54 Toro, the 6x60 Gigante, and the 7x49 Churchill.  It has filler that combines tobacco from the Dominican Republic, the Esteli region of Nicaragua, and the small Nicaraguan island of Ometepe.  For those who haven’t heard of it, Ometepe is a remote island formed by two volcanoes in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.  The island is known for its rich soil and General Cigar uses the area to cultivate special tobacco.  The filler blend used for the 1968 is aged in tercios and wooden barrels to give it more flavor.  The 1968 has a Connecticut Habano binder and a San Agustin Havana Seed wrapper from Honduras. 

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