In 1968, New York’s Cullman family ventured down to Jamaica and purchased a cigar factory there that was producing a brand called “Macanudo,” which means something like “terrific” in Argentine Spanish. The Cullmans already had many years in the cigar business, so this wasn’t the first step. Instead, it was the expansion of ongoing success as the owners of General Cigar.
Early on, Macanudo was known for its pioneering Connecticut shade wrappers. While other blenders were focused on Cubanesque tobacco seeds, the Cullmans had been cultivating tobacco in Connecticut for decades already and had a solid head start on the competition. Mild and smooth Connecticuts swept U.S. cigar smokers right off their feet, allowing Macanudo to rapidly become the most popular cigar company in America.
But the Macanudo 1968 cigar is a different kind of blend altogether.
This one’s dark, with a ton of rich flavor. Here on the 40th anniversary of the brand’s rebirth, Macanudo is showing something of a new face.
What hits you first is the inviting pecan-colored wrapper, a Honduran San Agustin leaf. Beneath that is a Connecticut Habano binder, which holds a filler blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco from Estelí and Ometepe. All of this tobacco brings a good mix of flavors. When lit, you’ll immediately get your usual tickle of spice. This then quickly develops into a profile of leather and dark cocoa that carries the blend through each draw.
The Macanudo 1968 cigar is a rich and earthy experience, and a fine way to celebrate the brand’s storied history. It might also be the perfect gift to any 1968-born cigar smokers you know. If that was your year, this is your smoke. Light it up and remember a much, much simpler time when Macanudo ruled the tobacconist’s shelves and all our modern problems weren’t even imagined yet.
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Macanudo 1968 FAQ's
What are the flavors like?
Leather, dark cocoa, spice.
What’s the strength level?
Who is this cigar for?
People who love Macanudos and who want to experience a richer, more flavorful side of the brand.
Will I want to smoke it to the nub?
It’s a tasty one!
What’s a good pairing with it?
An espresso or dark coffee would be nice with the Macanudo 1968 cigar.
What’s the best time/place to smoke this cigar?
A morning when you’re in the mood for a cigar with a nice balanced richness.
Those who are fans of Macanudo’s milder offerings won’t find this to be an example of that blending style.