Binder: Connecticut (Habano)
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Made in: Dominican Republic
Source: Gifted by General Cigars Co.
Once again a big thanks to General Cigars Co. for their generosity to gift me these Macanudos. A brand with great history that what can one say that hasn’t be said already. I don’t have any experience with any of their puros and my embarrassing excuse is that I didn’t really like the first one that I smoked years ago and never gave another one ever a try. Let’s see what the 1968 has to offer.
I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I really got a chance to spend time and take a close look to this stogie but it seems to me that I’m very behind with these cigars. It is a very nice looking cigar. The brown-reddish wrapper is perfect – no big veins or any other blemishes. It makes a nice contrast with the gold and black ring. It’s pretty firm besides just one soft spot close to the band. The stick has a sweet smell like Nesquick that wakes up childhood memories, the foot brings me back to reality with its strong tobacco smell. The cold draw after I snap off the cap is loose with an earthy flavor.
It fires up easy and creates a rich and thick smoke. The start is light but the flavors of cedar and leather have depth with a nice sweet aftertaste. Towards the mid-point things remain almost the same. I can now taste a little spice that will increase the body of the stogie. Also, the wood taste is not as vivid as it was before. At the end, pleasant coffee notes will get perfectly balanced with the previous flavors giving me a satisfying finish. The burn is probably the only complaint I have. And I’m not referring to the couple minor corrections I had to make but to the flaky ash that was constantly landing on my shirt. The price on the other hand which even before the reduction ($8.50) wasn’t bad at all but especially after with its $2 slash would make anybody forget any short of burn issues.
The Macanudo – 1968 is not a complex cigar but the long lasting flavors that this stick has to offer are nice and bold. I would definitely recommend this cigar to beginners aficionados for its simple and soft character.