The 1968 series is not only homage to the founding of Macanudo, but also marked the 40th anniversary of the legendary front mark founded by Ramon Cifuentes. The Toro is a 6×54 super toro wrapped in a Honduran San Augustin oily maduro wrapper, the binder is a Connecticut Habano leaf, and the filler is a combination of Dominican tobaccos and Nicaragua’s Ometepe tobaccos. The 1968 line is touted to be the fullest body cigar to date out of all the other faces in Macanudo’s thirty-nine year history (though founded in 1968, the cigars actually hit the market starting in ’71).

The San Augustin wrapper smells of cedar, leather, molasses, and paprika.

The wrapper tastes of anise, caramel, cocoa, and mesquite; the draw hints are leather and oak. The draw is effortless yet tight with a deep v-cut.

The toasted foot smells of cashews, hickory, mesquite, peat, sugar cane, and thyme.

When lit the Toro’s draw tightens up; the smoke grayish white in complexion, and the ash is salt & pepper in complexion. The smoke off of the nose smells of peppercorns and on the palate the cigar and smoke tastes of butter, 70% cacao, mahogany, and thyme. The ash is flaky, and the stick is canoeing.

Right now approximately an inch or so in, they body is leaning towards mild-medium, as it’s really lacking dynamises; and the strength is medium. Now compared to the Trompeta, which is far more dynamic in both body and strength, this is a shame of a cigar in the 1968 lineup.

The whole length of the remaining four and a half inches ranges from warm to hot to the touch, which is indicative of a lot of ligero (since ligero has a much higher burning temperature than any other type of tobacco). It’s been an hour since lighting this stick, and there’s been no change in the hints; there’s a somewhat bitter aftertaste of burnt coffee beans and leather.

A few minuscule rings have haphazardly formed in one millimeter bands off of the foot, at the three and three quarter inch mark.

At this juncture I’d say that this stick has lost its medium edge in regards to body and is solely mild in body, as it is utterly one dimensional; rather disappointing in comparison to its Churchill, Robusto, and Trompeta brethren. I’ll cease the review at this point; it’s frankly not worth the time to do a full review on this particularly lack luster cigar.

Purchased from Davidus Cigars on Rockville Pike, 20852 on July eleventh; for 10.25$ before tax.