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Macanudo Cafe Cigars Description
Macanudo cigars are America's most-requested premium cigar. Always mild, aromatic and easy to draw, Macanudo Café cigars are handcrafted in the Dominican Republic with silky Connecticut shade wrappers that are triple-fermented for extra smoothness. Inside is a perfectly balanced blend of double-aged Dominican longfillers bound in a leaf from Mexico's St. André s Tuxtla Valley. From the little Ascots to the towering Prince of Wales, Macanudo is recommended for both men and women as well as for those who are new to smoking premium cigars.A Look Back at Mac'
Macanudo was originally the name of a frontmark produced in Jamaica by the makers of the Cuban brand of Punch cigars. In 1971, General Cigar Company introduced a new cigar named Macanudo as a brand unto itself. Developed in Jamaica under the creative leadership of Ramón Cifuentes, the legendary Cuban cigar master of Partagas, Macanudo soon became the leading premium cigar and remains so today.
Before General Cigar became the official manufacturer of Macanudo cigars, it helps to go back a little farther to the Cullman family who first marketed the cigar and eventually became the owners of General Cigar. The Cullmans cigar-making history starts with Ferdinand Cullman who emigrated to the U.S. in 1848. Shortly after his arrival, Ferdinand began making cigars, and eventually Ferdinand's son Joseph joined him. Ironically, their cigars did not fare as well as the cigars that Joseph's son, Joseph Cullman Jr. made after he began planting Cuban-seed tobacco on his Connecticut plantation. Though his father was cynical about growing tobacco in Connecticut, Joseph Cullman Jr. had great success. The result was a shade-grown wrapper leaf with a light brown color, silky feel and a marvelously mild flavor and aroma. This rare, Connecticut wrapper leaf changed everything.
However, the man who really took Macanudo cigars to true heights of popularity was Joseph Jr.'s son, Edgar Cullman. Edgar learned the business literally from the ground up. He studied everything from the planting and cultivation of tobacco to rolling cigars. Now all Edgar needed was a partner to make the cigars and a company to market them. So, in 1960 Edgar bought General Cigar Company, and in 1968 he purchased Macanudo cigars, which at that time were being made by a small tabacalera in Jamaica.
The cigars would be blended with two to three year-aged Dominican and Jamaican tobaccos bound in a San Andres-grown Mexican leaf, and rolled in the exceptional Connecticut shade leaf that Edgar's father had developed. To make sure the cigars were top-grade, Cullman hired Ramon Cifuentes of Cuban Partagas cigars fame who had left Cuba after the Revolution. The cigars were finally introduced to the market in 1971, and three years later, Ramon's proté gé and future president of General Cigar Corp., Daniel Nuñez came onboard. Nuñez eventually became responsible for creating a number of line extensions for the company such as the Vintage Series, Maduro, and Robust among others.
Today Macanudo cigars are no longer made in Jamaica nor with Jamaican tobaccos, but they've never lost their prestige. Under Nuñez's direction, the brand became even more popular, and eventually became the biggest selling cigar in America.
Every cigar smoker should experience the creamy flavor and sweet aroma of Macanudo cigars at least once in their lifetime. No humidor should be without some Macanudos. Order your box or a 5-pack now.
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