Brand: Quesada Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Bavarian 5.5 x 52 Wrapper: Habano
Price: $7.95 ( Buy )
The Label Factor:
Being a sucker for all things Germany, the first time I saw the Quesada Oktoberfest label I knew that I had to try it. I’m glad they took the classy road and avoided using girls in dirndls just to get attention. If it weren’t for the trademark Quesada leaf making an appearance, you would be well within your rights to mistake this stick for one made by CAO, with obvious similarities to many of their brands, including the Brazilia and Columbia.
What We Liked:
I’m not the kind of person that needs an excuse to drink Oktoberfest beers. Having been to Munich for the festivities during the fall of 2011, I find myself trying to relive those memories as frequently as possible. We’ll be publishing a pairing test of this stick with various Oktoberfest beers in the coming days, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!
Before lighting, you have to be sure to set your expectations. Don’t go in thinking flavors of pretzels, sausage and mustard are about to dance across your palate. That would just be silly. Only a ridiculous person who is totally not me would think that maybe, just maybe, you’d get pretzels and mustard in a cigar. Instead, the stick greets you with a strong leather flavor. Earth is the theme an inch in, with wood beginning to compliment the leather. A hint of pepper pops up after an inch or two, but it never grows to anything substantial. It’s not the most diverse cigar, but the whole experience is silky smooth and creamy, making it a simple task to smoke to the last centimeters.
Body never breached medium while strength starts off nearly nonexistent and becomes medium to medium-full by the end. Of course, many Oktoberfest beers were consumed during the course of the smoke, so it’s difficult to separate the tobacco strength from the fantastic alcohol buzz I was feeling towards the end.
What We Didn’t Like:
The following is a true story: As I was taking my last puffs from the Quesada Oktoberfest, my 27-week pregnant wife comes out to where I’m smoking and says, “we need to go to the hospital.” A few crazy hours later, my second son entered this world. Don’t worry, while he showed up premature, he is currently doing awesome. Still, if you have a pregnant wife, you may want to keep in mind that, after careful use of the scientific method, it has been determined that the Oktoberfest can cause pre-term labor. Buyer beware!
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yes, but bring a beer with you. When complimented by a traditional Oktoberfest brew, you’ll find a wider range of flavors that will satisfy even the most demanding palate. I don’t think this is a cigar I would smoke without the appropriate beer, but that shouldn’t be an issue, as you can buy many fantastic Oktoberfest beers year round.
Interested in trying the Quesada Oktoberfest? You can purchase it here.