Monday, September 12, 2011
Macanudo – The #1 Cigar in the USA
Why – I don’t know.
It tastes good and certainly built high quality and smokes just fine. But I don’t see what is so special about it.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to put down the brand. Not at all. You can’t find my two previously mentioned favorites - Licenciados and La Flor del Caney - at a cigar bar or even a small cigar store. You usually have to order my top choices on – line.
But every cigar seller carries Macanudo and it is always a safe choice for a good cigar.
This cigar is the standard and is the price barometer. At usually around $125 for 20, or $6 a cigar per box – $8 per single - the rest of the cigar prices tell you whether you got a ‘premium’ or a ‘cheapo’ in your hand (twss).
My Licenciados go for around $90 for 25, which puts them in the ‘cheap’ column, but I see then as an absolute steal at that price.
Just like wine - you sometimes get what you pay for, you sometimes find a bargain and sometimes you get ripped off.
By the way, Licenciados used to go for $75 a box but demand is driving the price up. All my bragging on that cigar is now killing me! Good job, Faldo.
Anyway, back to the Macanudo.
From the company General Cigar, the Macanudo originated in Jamaica in 1868, Macanudo was introduced to the US market by General Cigar in 1971, widely known for its mild flavor and body. Due to unfavorable conditions in Jamaica, such as the weather, Macanudo cigars are now produced in the Dominican Republic.
All Macanudo cigars are made with the finest Connecticut shade wrappers, mild yet flavorful twice-aged Dominican fillers, and binders grown in the San Andres and Tuxtla Valley of Mexico. The result is a consistent cigar that always delivers a distinctively smooth and mellow taste.
These great cigars are perfect for both men and women because of the smooth, robust taste and are best known for their smoothness and consistency.
General Cigar is one of very few manufacturers that actually plants, grows, harvests, and processes its own Connecticut shade wrappers; in fact, General is probably the number-two grower in the Connecticut River Valley, second only to an individual farmer named Oliver Thrall.
Macanudo does have specialty releases of their cigars; special years, specially aged types, a maduro and a robust strength. All made with the same high quality and consistency.
Macanudo is #1 for a reason. You really can’t go wrong choosing this brand.