Over the weekend I found myself in a particularly good mood and inspiration to record a cigar review struck. I cracked open my coolidor with the intention of digging around for something interesting. Before I could move a single cigar, I spotted a Macanudo 1968 perched on the top of the pile.
Prior to the review, I hadn’t smoked a Macanudo 1968 in a long while. Come to think of it, I hadn’t seen mention of it anywhere online in a long time either. I flipped on my camcorder and began talking. It wasn’t until I was half way through the review that it dawned on me to check the availability.
Sure enough, it looked as if General Cigar gave this cigar the axe and cut it from the lineup. Not wanting to waste a perfectly good opportunity to gab on camera, I just ran with it.
In a nutshell, the Macanudo 1968 is a lot more aggressive than I remember it being. The smoke had a bite about it that was tough to overcome. It felt like my palate and sinus was being hammered. The flavors were okay, I picked up tastes of earth, vegetal, spice, and a dash of cinnamon through the sinus.
While this cigar was a big hit when it was released, it seems as though it didn’t have staying power. After smoking this cigar, I can see why. Even with age I found it rather rough around the edges.
3 thoughts on “Macanudo 1968 (Short Ashes)”
Nice review Walt. This is one I’ve never heard of yet sounds good though.
Great review, Walt. Totally agree with you on the flavor profile. This cigar is unconventional and different from what everyone knows of Macanudo, but not in a good way. It’s bold, yes, but harsh and unbalanced. And I got that beat-up in the mouth feel as well. Not a horrible smoke, but not a good one either. When this first came out I was so excited to try it, being my birth year is 1968. I was hoping to have a cool birthday smoke…what a let down. Best cigar to come out of a big brand name recently, imo, is the Punch Barenuckle. I checked, and no one has done a review on the Barenuckle yet, so check it out if you haven’t yet. Btw, enjoying the stories with the reviews.
I don’t know anything about the Punch Bareknuckle. I’ll have to poke around and see what I can turn up.
Thanks for the tip.