Saturday, November 1, 2008

Macanudo 1968 Churchill

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It's been about two and a half months since I smoked the Macanudo 1968 robusto that came in a package of three cigars being promoted by General Cigar Co. If you go to their website you can get three sizes of Macanudo 1968's for $7.95. The last time I did the review, I didn't let the cigars rest in my humidor, which was a big mistake. This time around, I found the flavor profile of this cigar to be a lot better than before.

I smoked the churchill size which is 49 ring gauge by 7 inches long. Once again, the tobaccos used in this cigar include- a Honduran San Agustin Havana seed wrapper, a Connecticut Habano binder and a filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco including tobacco from the island of Ometepe which is exclusive to General Cigar Co.

My churchill had a tasty aroma of bittersweet chocolate and earth. The appearance of this toothy cigar was leathery-looking and veiny. The color shade was reddish brown with dark brown splotches all over and the feel of the cigar was lumpy and slightly coarse in texture.

The initial flavors were noticeably salty and woody, with notes of sweet vanilla cream, and mocha. The cigar then picked up flavors of leather and roasted peanuts, with a sprinkling of pepper on the tongue in the second to last third. The saltiness was prevalent throughout the entire smoke.

The strength of the cigar was in the medium to full range. The smoke volume was nice and thick and the spiciness was not overwhelming. The resting smoke was was pleasant with a nice spicy wood aroma.

The cigar drew well with just a slight amount of resistance. The ash formed was attractive, light in color, compact and strongly holding on until I tapped it off past the one inch point.

Overall, I found the cigar pleasant to smoke. The burn characteristics were above average with a sharp and even burn line. The flavors had a nice earthiness to it, although I really didn't care much for the overwhelming saltiness. (I would have to smoke more of these cigars to see if this is in fact the case and not the exception with all the cigars.)

This cigar retails for around $175.99 for a box of 25. Considering Macanudos other more mild offerings, this may be the only Macanudo I would care to pick up again.

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