Macanudo’s newest blend, the 1968, is named after the year that Cifuentes created the original Macanudo Café and that makes it a tribute. The filler contains tobacco from the remote island Ometepe, located in the middle of a volcanic lake, which makes it special. The rest of the filler comes from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, the binder is a Connecticut Habano and the wrapper is a Honduran San Agustin Havana seed.
This 4 1/2 inch x 50 robusto, which has a price tag of 7 euro in The Netherlands, comes in a cellophane wrapper and once released from its coat you can smell a full and warm barnyard aroma. The construction feels good and the Honduran wrapper looks nice, oily and dark and only has some minor veins. This cigar is a looker! The predraw is fine and leaves me with a mild peppery wood flavor on my palate.
I get a mild bitter coffee flavor, not very pleasant but strong and full, with a peppery aftertaste. The pepper slowly gains some strength and a wood flavor joins the party. The bitter coffee disappears and I can even taste some chocolate on the background. And this all happens within the first inch of the cigar. The pepper disappears too and all I taste is wood and chocolate.
The chocolate is a bit creamy but also a support to the dominant wood flavor. At the end the wood gets support from some pepper, and the creamy chocolate is the aftertaste. The start of the cigar wasn’t very hopeful, but the cigar progressed to something very nice.
I get lots of medium thick smoke from the cigar. The draw starts out a little bit too hard, but it gets better the longer I smoked. The ash is medium gray and very firm. The burn is good and I would call this cigar full flavored and medium to full bodied.
Would I buy this cigar again? Probably a single every once in a while
Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 6 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10