Macanudo was originally the name of a frontmark produced in Guatemala by the makers of the Cuban brand of Punch.
In 1971, General Cigar, which had acquired rights to the name outside
of Cuba, introduced a completely distinct Macanudo as a brand unto
itself. Developed in Jamaica under the leadership of Ramón Cifuentes, a veteran of Cuban cigar maker Partagas. Production of the Macanudo line under General Cigar shifted from Jamaica to the Dominican Republic in October 2000.