Bite Size Review: Macanudo 1968

 

Macanudo is one of those brands with an interesting story and a decent line-up, but a fly-under-the-radar status. Often tagged by some as “cigars for novices”, Macanudo, make no mistake, has plenty of seasoned followers as well. I think its fair to say many of their marcas do lean towards the mellow to medium body/strength side and the blends can be underwhelming, which may turn some cigar lovers off. To this point, Macanudo answered the call and launched the 1968 in 2008 to commemorate it’s 40th anniversary, employing a unique, 3-country blend of tobaccos to add more body, complexity and strength.

 

M68-2

 

Our robusto is oily, veiny and the orange-hued, chocolatey St. Agustin wrapper is enticing. Richly aromatic of raisins and cocoa, the cold draw is somewhat restricted and envelops the palate with a tang of prunes. The initial profile is rich and complex with notes of caramel, maplewood, baking spice and black coffee swirling around a core of dark chocolate. Complexity wanes in transitions, but the fun continues with equally enjoyable nutty and woody profiles and long finishes of espresso and ginger. Combustion is excellent throughout, but our cigar ashes quite easily. She likes to be smoked, so don’t dilly dally. The 1968 is a sub-$8 beauty that most overlook because of the name, so take a vacation from all the newfangled boutique stuff and try a Macanudo classic. – In Fumo Pax!

 

Did you KnowMacanudo Cigars are owned by General Cigar (a subsidiary of Scandinavian Tobacco Group) and produced at the General Cigar Dominicana factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

 

 

M68-1
 
 
  • Profile: Med – Full
  • Vitola: Robusto
  • Length / Ring Gauge: 5″ x 50
  • Purchased: B&M
  • Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Honduran St. Agustin
  • Binder: Habano Connecticut
  • Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan (Estelì, Ometepe)
  • Cutter: Colibri V
  • Lighter: Colibri Firebird
  • Price: $7.60
  • Humidor Age: 1 mo.
  • Box: 20
  • Other Vitolas: Court [4.125″x36], Toro [6″x54], Gigante [6″x60], Churchill [7″x49]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights

Smoke Time: 1:19
Draw: Good
Construction: Oily; veiny; lumpy; some tooth; sloppy cap; orange-hued chocolate wrapper; solid; uniformly firm; struggles to hold 1″ ash.
Aromas

  • WrapperChocolate, raisins, barnyard
  • Foot – Cocoa powder, caramel
  • Cold Draw – Prunes

Tasting Notes:

  • Initial: Sweet chocolate on draw; caramel, baking spice and fudge notes on retro; long finish of caramel and black coffee; rich and smooth; notes of maplewood late; sweetness wanes; notes of toasted almonds late;
  • Transition: Zesty profile with nutty underpinnings; woody notes; finish with charred wood and toasted nuts; maintains caramel notes with more earthiness.
  • Transition: Fuller body highlighted by spicy earth and wood profile; espresso notes and whiff of ginger linger on finish; hints of nuttiness and slight nougat on retro.

Complexity: Excellent
BalanceExcellent
Touch ups: N/A
Combustion:  Excellent
Weaknesses:  Weak, flaky ash; sloppy cap application (aesthetic only)
Recommendation: 1. Boxworthy

Recommendation scale:

  1. Go-to (boxworthy)
  2. 5-packer
  3. Yard ‘gar
  4. Smoke a banana instead

 

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