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Cigar Review: Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian

10 Sep 2013

Quesada OktoberfestThis annual release from Quesada continues to impress, beginning with an extraordinarily oily wrapper and ending, for me, with a nubbed cigar. I recommended the line last year and I do the same in 2013.

The Bavarian, whose named honors the home of Oktoberfest, is a 5.5-inch beauty with a mix of Dominican filler leaf that creates a sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy stick. Exhaling occasionally through the nose adds another dimension to the tastes.

A leader in expanding the expectations of Dominican tobaccos, Quesada has certainly imbued this puro with more power, punch, and complexity than the stereotypical mild cigar from the Dominican.

In those I’ve smoked, construction has generally been fine. I have had to touch up the burn a time or two, but the problems were relatively minor. The draw was right on target, and the smoke production excellent. The ring gauge of 52 is comfortable.

The limited edition has grown this year to 6 sizes, including a Corona (5 x 43 ). With the small number of cigars produced, though, I’d be surprised if many shops carry all sizes.

My one small complaint is that I’d prefer Quesada to include the production year somewhere on the band, which, frankly, I’d like to see on all limited editions.

Quesada set out to create a cigar that would match the Märzen style of Bavarian beer associated with Oktoberfest. I have no doubt it will. But I think you’ll enjoy the cigar no matter what drink you pick up.

For me, this year’s Oktoberfest, like its predecessor in 2012, is worthy of four stogies out of five.

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George E

photo credit: SAG Imports

4 Responses to “Cigar Review: Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian”

  1. Patrick Semmens Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Somehow I have yet to try this cigar. Geore's reviews suggest that is a mistake.

    • Andy Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Don't they have some new version of this with a different wrapper at the foot? A Smoke Inn exclusive cigar or something?

      • George E. Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

        Yes, Smoke Inn has the Oktoberfest Dunkel, which is described this way: "A very select broadleaf maduro wrapper envelops this rich cigar with a slight underlying Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper at the foot, thus giving the appearance of a dark rich Dunkel beer with a savory foamy head."
        Sounds interesting. I haven't had one.

  2. Tony Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    3rd time enjoying this flavorful cigar. Have not had a bad experience yet. Burns really well, nice draw, last but definitely not least great flavor. Always happy to find it in stock.