Terry, Darren, and I got together the other night to do a group review of the Macanudo 1968 Robusto from General Cigar. We found the cigar to be fairly complex and flavorful but there were severe construction problems that hijacked our otherwise enjoyable smoking experience. General recently lowered the price on these cigars, so we will probably take the time to revisit this cigar one of these days. Below are our final ratings and the text from our chat during the review.
Flavor and Taste: 18/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 4/5
Flavor and Taste: 15/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 3/5
Flavor and Taste: 16/20
Price Point: 8/10
Would I buy a Box: 2/5
Terry1: I’ll go get the 1968 robusto and set up outside. Good choice.
StraightUpCigars: Has a slightly sweet hay smell to it. Large veins on the wrapper but a nice oily sheen.
Terry1: I like the band. The gold really pops. Looks like an expensive cigar. Lots oils on the wrapper. Typical barnyard smell. I’m ready to light up!
StraightUpCigars: Me too, I think I will do so!
StraightUpCigars: Cold draw is a bit stiff. There is a lot of tobacco packed in there!
IamDarren: same here. Slightl sweet/ musty texture on the cold draw. Lighting up now.
Terry1: Wow, nice chocolate note on the cold draw. My draw is about right for me. It’s a solid cigar, no soft spots.
StraightUpCigars: Hard to draw on this SOB. I cut pretty deep too.
IamDarren: lit easily but still tight on the draw. Lots of resting smoke but hard to get much in the draw.
IamDarren: little pepper up front with a slightly sweet grassy/earthy base.
IamDarren: I am also picking up a hint of chocolate or mocha in the back of my mouth.
StraightUpCigars: going to get a poker, intolerable.
Terry1: Mine is drawing fine. Sounds like I’m the lucky one this time. Makes up for the 90 Mile disaster I had.
IamDarren: mine isn’t horrible. However, I would call it a double draw stick. I take one draw, exhale, then immediately take another to get the smoke volume up.
StraightUpCigars: Still too tight, but tolerable now. You should see how tightly packed the head of this thing is, it is going to burst when I get down to the nub.
IamDarren: lol, yeah i chewed on mine a little and i think it helped.
IamDarren: mine is already mellowing out. Pepper is gone. Grassy note up front with a hint of mocha on the finish.
Terry1: Initial flavors for me are earth, a slight sweetness and a hint of black coffee. I can pick up something like roasted nuts in the aroma.
StraightUpCigars: Nice sweet cocoa with a little coffee and a faintly spicy finish. Tastes good, if only I could easily get some smoke out of it.
IamDarren: I think the head on these is defenitely the problem. I keep working it in my hand and chewing on it and the draw has improved quite a bit.
Terry1: Now that my cigar is heating up I’m noticing the draw tighten a little. Hoping it doesn’t get any worse.
IamDarren: just lost the ash with only about a half inch on it. Watch Out!
StraightUpCigars: Well, construction has not been a strong point thus far, but the flavor is incredible in my opinion.
IamDarren: lots of depth to the flavor. Now I am defenitely picking up some spice. Infact the retrohale adds quite a bit of it.
Terry1: I’m having to double puff now to get any smoke. I am picking up the chocolate and some spice.
StraightUpCigars: If I pinch it just right with my teeth, the draw us perfect. I just set it down now, though… I lost the magic spot.
Terry1: I’m liking the flavors a lot when I can get them but it’s a lot of work to get them. My ash is falling off one half at a time instead of a solid chunk.
IamDarren: mine is getting sweeter. Almost like nectar. Then it changes over to mocha or chocolate in the finish. Draw is still a little tight but manageable.
StraightUpCigars: Mine is too. Reminds me of a cup of joe with too much cane sugar in it. That is a good thing, for a cigar anyways.
IamDarren: yeah, the combination really works well in this cigar. Maybe we should have smoked the big ring. Might improve the draw.
StraightUpCigars: Agreed. I am getting a bit of hazelnut in there too. where would you put this in body/strength? I am getting low/medium strength with medium/full body.
Terry1: I’m getting the same flavors you guys are and I’m liking it. I still detect a roasted nuts once in a while. The retrohale for me heavy spice and makes my eyes water.
IamDarren: yeah, i would call it medium strength if it weren’t for the retrohale. But I like it, you can have the fuller body if you want to but if you just want medium body just don’t retrohale.
Terry1: I’m getting light headed but I think it’s more from sucking air through this cigar and not from nicotine.
StraightUpCigars: I hear ya man. What a work out!
IamDarren: lol, like trying to breath through a straw.
Terry1: Mine just went out as I typed my last comment.
StraightUpCigars: uh oh… hopefully not a sign of what is to come for all of us.
IamDarren: mine is actually burning quite well. Nearly perfect burn line.
StraightUpCigars: We assumed that… you will probably finish this cigar i 5 mins.
IamDarren: might be a humidity issue. Today has been really dry here.
IamDarren: I smoked a PDR the other day when it was really clammy out and it went out on me twice. I usually never have problems with them.
StraightUpCigars: You still have problems with those nica libre potencias?
Terry1: Relit the cigar and got a big blast of flavor. This cigar has great potential if it would draw properly.
IamDarren: well I have been saving them. I really think they need quite a bit of humi time to stabilize. I will try one again soon and let you know how it goes.
StraightUpCigars: Could not agree more Terry. They just dropped the msrp on these as well. What a shame on the construction.
IamDarren: mine seems to be mellowing out with every puff. Now I’m not picking up much chocolate at all. Just a slightly creamy, sweet flavor.
StraightUpCigars: Hint of pepper and some spice creeping in. Still faint though.
IamDarren: actually mine is starting to pick up a slightly acidic flavor on the finish. I hope i’m not getting a tar buildup.
Terry1: I’m getting more pepper now and less of the sweetness. My draw opens up for one puff and I get a lot of flavor then it tightens up for a couple and the flavor’s gone.
Terry1: Funny with all the draw issues the burn line is near perfect.
StraightUpCigars: My burn is actually not that great. That means that my ash holds on much better than yours has though.
Terry1: The problem is definately in the head. I have about an inch to go and the draw is still tight.
Terry1: The coffee is coming in strong in this last inch.
StraightUpCigars: The flavors are definitely coming on strong. Full bodied and has a bold coffee and spice flavor with some unwanted bitterness probably related to the construction issues.
StraightUpCigars: This cigar is wreaking havoc on my sinuses.
IamDarren: my cigar has lost almost all of its flavor and now is dull and lifeless. I don’t think i will nub it.
Terry1: Yeah I stopped retrohaling about midway. Too strong for my taste. I’m mixed on this cigar. I found it complex and flavorful. Medium to full on body and strength. But the draw just about kills it. I liked the flavors enough to try a larger ring gauge to see if it smokes better.
StraightUpCigars: This one is a big let down. The blend is fantastic, but they shoved so much tobacco in that it is unsmokeable. I would try it again, though. May also need to be dry boxed for an extended period of time before smoking. Had I bought this at a B&M and not had a 3 inch small diameter nail with me, I would be pissed right now!
IamDarren: Agreed, I would try it again and would definitely try dry boxing.
StraightUpCigars: Good review guys. Definitely one I would consider revisiting when we are almost out of group review sticks.