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You could win a whole box of Macanudo 1968! But, before getting to the contest, I figured I’d start this post off with a review of the contest winnings. Macanudo’s 1968. These were sent over to me from the great people over at General Cigar. Big shout out to them. They’ve been great supporters and have helped us out quite a bit.

Macanudo 1968

The Good Stuff: The Macanudo 1968 is a “different” type of release from what Macanudo smokers would usually expect. Coined with the slogan “Rich, Dark, and Unexpected” the 1968 was released in 2008 to celebrate the 40 years that Ramón Cifuentes has been blending for the company (and possibly 100 years of Macanudo?). According to General Cigar the Macanudo 1968 contains tobacco “grown by General Cigar or cultivated for the company under an agreement of exclusivity…aged in tercios and charcoaled wooden barrels to further enrich its flavor”. The blend features Dominican and Nicaraguan filler,  with a Connecticut Habano Binder, wrapper with Honduran San Agustin leaf. These cigars run about $8 -$9 a stick, but General cigar recently announced that it will be slashing the prices of the 1968. Expect a savings of about $3.50 a stick, but only at Brick and Mortar stores.

Size: 5 x 50  –  Wrapper: Honduran San Agustin leaf  –  Binder: Connecticut Habano  –  Filler: Dominican/Nicaraguan

Macanudo 1968

Prelight: The Macanudo 1968 starts off with this old, rustic looking dark brown/orangish with dark spotted wrapper. The construction is ideal, only containing a few larger veins leading up to a kind of pointy, round, double cap. The band is a really nice, common cigar crest with the Macanudo company logo. The only difference is the band is a nice black and gold color with slight red accents (which looks really nice on the darker wrapper), and a gold “1968” printed just below the crest. The cigar is firm for the most part, but the foot is pretty squishy.

Macanudo 1968

The wrapper gives off this really strange, beef jerky type aroma. No joke. This thing smells like a thick stick of Jack Links. The foot of the cigar releases a really strong tobacco, and chocolate aroma. The cigar cut easy and clean using my double bladed Palio cutter. The cold draw is interesting. Its VERY natural tasting with a ton of grass, and wheat bread type flavors. Maybe I am just hungry, but this cigar is throwing me quite a few curve balls.

Macanudo 1968

First Smoke: It’s kind of strange but the meaty flavor I picked up in the aroma of the wrapper kind of came through into the taste of the first third of this Macanudo 1968. It’s a slight beef type flavor, but it’s there along side a bit of leather, a bit of cedar, and just some really nice natural tobacco type flavors. I was really expecting a loose draw on this cigar since it didn’t feel like it was packed very tight at all, but the draw is great, easily filling my mouth with a nice amount of thick smoke. The burnline is kinda thick, and started off with a few slight waves, but nothing too concerning. The ash left behind is a nice, semi-compacted white and grey ash with just a few flakes coming off of it. The ash held on for about an inch before giving away.

Macanudo 1968

Halfway There: Halfway though this Macanudo 1968 and it really hasn’t changed up too much. The flavors are still slightly meaty with cedar and earthy natural tones, but the seemed to have really simmered down. It’s still an enjoyable smoke but it is leaving me craving more dimension early in. Hopefully the final third adds to the flavor profile.  The 1968’s retrohale is really nice though. Very light, coating my nasal passage with a nice, light cedar prime. I am feeling no nicotine at all from this cigar and the burnline is dead even and fully corrected at this point.

Macanudo 1968

Finish: What a huge ramp up in body! It’s not a full bodied cigar but I really got a nice little kick into the final third of this 1968.  The flavors did in fact increase a bit too. Nothing to write home about, but the cedar became much stronger as well as a little bit of pepper sneaking in to compliment the Macanudo’s already existent natural flavors. This cigar took about a little over an hour to take down. There was just a very slight bit of harshness built up into the final inch, but nothing too off-putting.

Macanudo 1968

Overview: I didn’t really know what to expect the first time I smoked a Macanudo 1968. For sure I didn’t expect the cigar to have beef jerky-like flavors. What I did expect was a decent smoke at a good price and that is exactly what I got. There wasn’t really anything too terribly wrong with this cigar, just as well there wasn’t anything really spectacular. A bit one dimensional, but at the price point, you really can’t ask for more. Smooth, subtle, and well balanced. Perfect for the average and novice cigar smoker, or just an all around everyday smoke. One thing is for sure, this cigar is a venture from what one usually thinks of when they think Macanudo. Hopefully we can expect more cigars like this from the company in the near future.

Macanudo 1968

Pairing: As the summer heat thickens, I have decided to pair more cigars with nice, light, summer ales. This selection is one of New Belgium’s latest editions, Somersault. Somersault is a well balanced, light blonde ale peaking at 5.2% ABV. Somersault is a citrus explosion and is probably one of the smoothest beer I have ever had. I could probably drink 100 of these back to back. The cigar paired well with the Somersault’s sweet, fruity composition and the cedar tastes blended in perfectly. This cigar would go perfect with water, tea, or apple juice. Beer? Either a nice ale, or a really bitter beer to help add to the flavor.

Macanudo 1968

 

And now… For the contest.

General Cigar has been kind enough to offer up a full box of Macanudo 1968 Trompetas for our lucky readers! That’s right. And we are going to make this contest another easy one to enter.

Recently Daniel and I decided to take Casas Fumando on facebook. All you need to do to enter is follow this link (http://www.facebook.com/casasfumando) and “Like” our page! Already like it? They you are already entered!

We will be updating the Facebook Page constantly with our reviews, news, and even what we have been smoking on the side.

I understand a lot of you people aren’t on facebook, so we are going to add a second entry for anyone who leaves a comment on this contest post. Simply post what your FIRST cigar was! Tell us about it! We all have skeletons in the closet. You will get two entries for liking us on Facebook and one for commenting on this post.

We will run this contest until Wednesday June 22nd. At that time a winner will be chosen at random and shipped this box of cigars. 18 and over please, and you Canadians?!?! We don’t hate. Enter and I will happily ship to you! Cheers, and hopefully you’ll spend some Facebook time with us!

 

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn’t loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

34 Comments

  1. Dannysguitar

    June 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the contest! My first smoke was a Phillies Blunt honey flavor. I know, it’s a shame, but it’s what got me started down the slope!

  2. David L

    June 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

    My first was a very unfortunate Dutch Masters corona that I pilfered from my Uncle Nick’s stash!

  3. Joey V

    June 9, 2011 at 10:41 am

    My first cigar was Cuban Cohiba while I was down in Mexico for the day enjoying seafood on the beach. Was it fake? Most likely. Did I care? Not one bit. Not being a smoker at the time I had no idea counterfits were out there. My first trip back to Mexico after I started smoking was quite the eye opener as far as fake CCs go…. On a side note I smoked a 1968 at a General Cigar event in Dec and really enjoyed the flavors (very different), the final third kicked my butt with the ramp up in strength. Great review and great contest. Thanks Tony!!!

  4. Albert

    June 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Great Review and AWSOME CONTEST!!!
    My first cigar was a Peppin Garcia JJ series that was given to me, and I was hooked on smoking ever since.

  5. Jake

    June 9, 2011 at 11:27 am

    If memory serves me right, my first cigar was a Swisher Sweet. I know a lot of people out there started with one of these so I don’t feel bad. What did make me feel bad was trying to inhale the damn thing. What did we know? We were 13 going on 30 and knew everything there was to know. I didn’t puke but I remember I coughed for almost 2 days straight. I miss those days.

  6. jjo

    June 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    I had my first “cigar” nearly 40 years ago, so I don’t really trust my memory. It was probably something like a Tiparillo or Wolf’s Rum Crook. My first real cigar came not long after, and was a tubed Bering given to me by my father.

    Your pairing sounds pretty nice. Beef jerky and beer is something I could go for!

  7. Andy K.

    June 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    My first cigar was White Owls New Yorker type. When I was eighteen after through the early teenage years sneaking cigarettes off and on with friends.

  8. Jim B.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    My first cigar was a Garcia y Vega in a glass tube that had been sitting on my kitchen spice rack for about 7 years. Being an ex-cigarette smoker, I bought that stick one day “just in case” I needed a hit of nicotine. When the day came that I fired it up, and I’m not really sure why I did, I was surprised at how good it tasted, and my habit was off and running again.

  9. Mike B.

    June 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    My first was a Thompson, don’t know which one. A buddy gave it to me and started me on my slippery slope of cigars. No more Thompson’s for me though!

  10. AJTurtlesss

    June 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    My first cigar was a Black & Mild. I was 18 and I left home for the first time. I was Living in Florida, West Palm Beach, to be specific, and my roommate offered me my first cigar. I felt like quite the rebel. They always say when normal kids go away to school they learn to drink but when good kids go away to school they learn to smoke. We’ll I smoke that cigar right by the Intercoastal Waterway with The Donald’s property lights off in the distance. What a way to begin.

  11. Tom

    June 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My first smoke was a Cohiba Lanceros about 20+ years ago.

  12. Lloyd L.

    June 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I honestly don’t remember the FIRST cigar I ever smoked. It was back in 1996, given to me by a friend who had just discovered his enthusiasm for cigars. The first cigar I can recall smoking by name was a MACANUDO, believe it or not, which I bought in the men’s room of a nightclub.

  13. Kyle

    June 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    My first cigar and not too many years back was a Romeo y Julietta #3

  14. Swede214

    June 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I think it was a King Eward, my Grandfather smoked those and a pipe,Half and Half. Thanks for the contest

  15. Dave with a Y

    June 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I do not think Swishers, Phillies or black and milds are even cigar so I can not start there.My first real cigar was a Cohiba at a bar in WI, 1850 by the MKE airport, drinking with my manager after we did a deal that put about 15K in our pockets, cash. They had a humi behind the bar and he sugested a Cohiba. This was in about 1991 do hard to remember but they had a lot of smokes there, The Cohibas were $25.00 each. This became a ritual every Thursday night for us for a long time, fond memories.

  16. Wes Althaus

    June 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I will say my “first cigar” was a Hoja Boricua that I enjoyed on vacation in Puerto Rico. I say “first” because this is the cigar that got me into smoking. Before that was a cigar once a year to feel cool. I dont remember any specifics about that cigar, but I remember that it changed my life forever!

  17. Dan

    June 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    First cigar was a Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios IN Cuba. It was an amazing cigar, smooth all the way through. That’s pretty much all I could remember cause I think I had like 8 glasses of cognac that night. I know later that night I paid for it though. lol…Congrats on moving to Facebook guys! …but who cares anyways..

  18. teddyherrera

    June 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    My first was a macanudo, can’t really remember 12 years back but it was something like a corona, sitting with a friend, some honey and a cheap brandy. It was fun but I wish I had read something about acidity and frequent draws. Needless to say, I eventually learned what I liked and it wasn’t too far off from that first cigar. Most of the time its Hennessy VSOP, or belvedere vodka.

  19. JaimeVR

    June 10, 2011 at 9:02 am

    To be honest I don’t exactly remember which cigar I had first, but three brands come to mind; Don Diego, Arturo Fuente or Punch. No matter which one was the first I must have loved it because years later I’m very into cigars. I do remember having a Macanudo while in Boston in the late 90’s. The cigar was recommended by a cigar smoking friend. I think they were still made in Jamaica.

  20. TriMarkC

    June 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

    My first cigar was a Drew Estate Kuba Kuba. My first standard cigar was a CAO Gold churchill, that my wife bought for my while out on an Anniversary date night! How cool is my wife!!

  21. Tadd

    June 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Damn…. So many entrants already…. My first cigar back in ’94 was a Las Cabrillas… The holy grail was the La Diva and CAO gold’s…. I remember seeing an Opus and a Cohibal and being shocked at how $$$ they were…. LOL

  22. franklinn

    June 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    My first cigar was a cuban R&J while vacationing in Austria as a green 16 year old boy. I had the pleasure of getting drunk at the bar with friends and noticed the small humidor on a shelf in the back. It took me a while to get back to smoking, but that experience stayed with me 🙂

  23. Dan

    June 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    My first cigar 16 years ago was a Montecristo No. 4 (a real Cuban Montecristo). Of course I was instantly hooked. I feel for my American friends to the south who regrettably can’t smoke Cuban cigars (legally, that is). There are many great cigars out there from other parts, but once you smoke some of the top shelf Cubans (R&J Short Curchill, Partagas, H. Upmann, Cohiba Siglo VI, etc), you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Great review on the 1968 Tony.

    Dan.

  24. Victor

    June 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    This 1968 Macanudo is a pretty good cigar. I forgot I had one sitting in my humidor that I got from the Big Smoke in Vegas. My first cigar that I tried was a Padron seconds with a pretty hard draw but a really good flavor.

  25. Jeffrey

    June 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    My first was a Don Tomas that I received at a friend’s wedding back in 1993. Been enjoying cigars ever since.

  26. John

    June 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    First cigar was something called a Carbonelle. A long time ago. Don’t think you can find them anymore. I would compare them to the Baccarat cigar with that sweetness to it.

  27. Dan

    June 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    First cigar that wasn’t purchased at a gas station? RP vintage ’92 and I still enjoy them weekly.

  28. scratch

    June 16, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Sounds like everyone else had a much better first cigar than I did. Smoked a strawberry Phillie blunt back in highschool. Finally got to smoke a real cigar in college when I had a R&J Vintage III.

  29. Kekoa Kai

    June 17, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Ok, truth be told – first ‘cigar’ was a White Owl! Age at the time…. I plead the 5th!

  30. Steven K

    June 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    My first was a Te Amo Toro. I snuck it out of my father’s cigar box. He would never know, he had open boxes everywhere house, car and work.

    My taste buds finally woke up and as an adult it is Macanudo’s for me.

  31. Jeremy H.

    June 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    First smoke was a Swisher Sweet Cherry when I was sixteen…. Lit up my first real smoke on my 18th birthday. A Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 with my Dad and best friend.

  32. Aaron

    June 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    First cigar was montecristo #4 that I brought home from vacation in the tropics. They got all smashed in the suitcase, the wrappers were destroyed on most of them. I still smoked everyone of those Cubans and have enjoyed cigars since.

  33. DaByrdman33

    June 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I just saw this. Hope I’m not too late. If I am, so what I’ll still leave my 1st cigar story. My first smoke was actually a Hav-A-Tampa Sweet Tip that I smoked with my older brother and some of his friends during a night of drinking on campus. I was only 17 at the time, but I felt like I was important because I had a cigar, albeit a shitty one. LOL

  34. Jim

    August 11, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    My first cigar was a Garcia y Vega – I quickly moved on to other brands, if you know what I mean! Thanks.

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