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Macanudo 1968 Robusto

Submitted by Oliver on July 28, 2009 – 1:04 am9 Comments

Wrapper: Honduran San Agustin Havana Seed
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ometepe
Size: Robusto (5 x 50)
Strength: Medium

1968What’s in a Name?  Apparently not much when it comes to Macanudo 1968!

Shakespeare posited that line in the form of the lovesick Juliet in his quintessential work Rome and Juliet.  A good name can define something with acclaim or with infamy.  Some of the biggest names in cigar culture and the lingua franca of the masses are those of the General Cigar lineup i.e. Cohiba, Punch, Partagas, and of course Macanudo.  I can’t recount how many individuals who are new to the cigar world come into a store looking for one of those brands because they think they are the upper echelon of fine cigar smoking.  Now don’t get me wrong, some of the lines actually produce some pretty quality sticks, but my point is made rather handedly in the production of the Macanudo 1968.  It is proof that a name is not everything, and that resting on that can produce some pretty poorly made sticks; such is the case of the Macanudo 1968.

Construction: The construction of the Macanudo 1968 is true to Macanudo standards; it is well constructed and would have the appearance of being a fine smoking stick.  The Macanudo 1968 has a smooth Honduran wrapper, which is tightly wound around the Connecticut Habano binder, and the cap is tightly constructed allowing for an easy punch of the top, or cut (I recommend a punch).  The filler is tightly packed Nicaraguan and Dominican filler, with good channeling built in for a smooth draw.  The veins are minimal in the wrapper and show no separation in any of the sticks I inspected.

Draw: The draw of the Macanudo 1968 is smooth and allows for a good passage of smoke to come rolling out in voluminous clouds of grey.

Burn: The burn of the Macanudo is where things go very wrong.  To verify this I smoked two, and my friend smoked one, and all three of them burned hot, and not just hot at the end, but hot from about a quarter of the stick in.  In my review of  the GAR Vanguard I talked about how a “hot” cigar can singe and ruin the palate, and indeed this one does very early on into the smoking experience.  While the cigar burns even because of the good construction, the fact that it burns hot throughout is completely unacceptable in a two dollar, let alone an eight dollar stick, which the Macanudo 1968 is!

Flavor: The flavor of the cigar has pretty much two levels.  The first is that of spice and some toasty notes, and the second half to ¾’s of the stick is a singed palate due to the compromising of the “hot” cigar.  Some cigars create a sensation of almost heartburn like experience, and this one certainly goes in that direction.  Unfortunately this cigar suffers with too much spice in the onset, and way too much singed palate in the mid to latter parts.


Overall Opinion: Cigars are the most relaxing and enjoyable treats when properly constructed; when they are poorly made on the other hand they are a real letdown.  It’s not with any pleasure that I give a bad review, but I cannot in good conscience recommend this cigar for the following reasons: firstly it has a horrible burning problem that creates a singed palate, secondly the spice content is fairly overpowering, and finally the overall effect tends to cause a heartburn like reflex.  So if you feel like an eight dollar heartburn, then by all means indulge yourself, otherwise skip this stick and go for a tastier treat like an Ashton Cabinet, or Olde World Reserve!

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  • Great review and thanks or the warning. Somehow I always find negative reviews more enlightening than positive ones…

  • ScubaSteve says:

    Quite a departure from the review you made on Mac 1968 last summer. Could this one be a bad batch perhaps? Seems like everyone loved them then.

    • Rob says:

      ScubaSteve – First of all, thank you for following the site. This review was written by Anthony who obtained the cigars from a local retailer. The initial review was written by me, Rob, with sticks received directly from General Cigars. It could have been a bad batch or maybe just a different pallet?

  • grant says:

    I put this cigar down about a 1/4 of the way in and went and got me somthing else. A bad cigar is just simply not worth smoking.

  • Scott Rivera says:

    Macanudo 1968 cigar is a very bold flavorful smoke. The aroma and taste is a good combination of triple espresso flavor and the smell of coffee beans.

  • Zack says:

    Scott Rivera is a liar.

  • Peter Simmons says:

    Zack, have you ever tried this? Scott is absolutely correct. The cigar smells like chocolate melting coffee.This cigar is actually more of a spicy smoke that only hinted at the coffee and chocolate. This is loaded with flavors.It was rolled supremely tight evenly which made for an easy draw.I just love this cigar.

  • Zack says:

    Yes, Peter, I have tried this cigar. The cigar may smell alright, but so does incense, and I don’t roll that up and smoke it. Unfortunately, my palate craves something that doesn’t make me feel as if I am licking a hot exhaust pipe. But hey, if you can smoke it without needing to take 60 mg of Prilosec beforehand, go for it. If you don’t smoke these things, Macanudo will have to repackage them and sell them as incense.

  • Isaac Boda says:

    I have had one of these cigars before and from what I remember is it was really good. I haven’t smoked an amazing amount of different kinds, but I actually suggested this. Makes me also wonder if you had a bad batch or if I haven’t had a great cigar yet haha.

    I remember mine burned a little hot about half way in.