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Quesada Oktoberfest 2012

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Where have I been?! I took a week off of blogging. Not to worry, this site won’t suffer the same fate as my Twitter account. One thing worth mentioning is, winners for the cigar giveaway will be drawn soon, and I’ll post the winners. Otherwise, things will be business as usual. On to the review!

The Quesada Oktoberfest was one of my favorite cigars of 2011. Being limited in production, I still managed to keep some in my humidor for most of the year. The 2012 release has some new sizes, one of them being the Das Boot. When Ed got his shipment from Sag Imports, I immediately stocked up. So, with water, not beer, let’s see how the 2012 Oktoberfest treated me.


Wrapper: Dominican

Binder & Filler: Dominican

Size: Das Boot 6 x 52

Price: Around $8.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper glistened with oil, and simply looked great. I can only describe the scent of the wrapper as cedar, some sweet spices, and a hint of barnyard. The foot basically had an earthy, woody odor. The cigar was solidly packed, with some minor soft spots here and there. The pre-light draw had some resistance, but fell within my comfort zone. The cold draw tasted woody and earthy, with a hint of sweet spice.

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The first started off with a dominant woody flavor. Retrohaling revealed a fairly easy pepper. It wasn’t the burn your face kind, and reminded me of cayenne pepper. Up next was a mild bitterness that you’d associate with black coffee. Again, it was nothing I’d call “In your face,” but there were no subtleties either.

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The second third didn’t have any significant changes in flavor. Spice may have developed a little more zing, but everything pretty much remained status quo. One thing worth noting is the smoke feel. It was dry and crisp.

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The last third had a slight reduction in peppery spice. In addition to wood, pepper, and coffee notes, there was a sweet component. I can only compare it a tingly cinnamon. Simple, but good.

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This was a damn good full bodied cigar. The Oktoberfest proves that flavor delivery is really what counts, not necessarily complexities. While many people insist that this cigar must be smoked with Oktoberfest beer, I have yet to try the combination. So if you are like me and don’t drink, I have seen no reduction in enjoyment as a result. Try these while you can!

PS – I reviewed the Bavarian last year, which was similar to this size. See how they compare.

Quesada Oktoberfest (2011 release)

Friday, November 11th, 2011

This video is posted here for archive purposes. Your one stop shop for Ed/Tom reviews if you will.


Ed and I are back at Stogie Review to cover the Quesada Oktoberfest. This yearly release is said to go best with Oktoberfest beer. Since I am not a drinker, I have not tried that pairing.

This cigar is fairly simple and straight forward in terms of flavor. What makes it shine is hard to describe. The flavor delivery, the refined flavor profile, the strength and body are almost perfectly balanced. The experience puts this in my top 3 cigars of 2011. This is a great cigar, period.

The biggest downfall of this cigar is it’s limited availability. It is a yearly release of limited production. Once they are gone, we have to wait until next year.

So take 24 minutes and check out our review of the Quesada Oktoberfest. As always, press the little HD button on the video player for 720p hi-def.

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Quesada Oktoberfest

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Quesada – The makers of the Tributo, which was my favorite cigar of 2010. About the Tributo…  I don’t know what happened, but it has seemed to have gone to shit. Many, like 7 out of 10, have tight draws. With some work I’ve been able to repair most of them to smokeable condition. I’ve tried various storage conditions, even dry boxing. But no, the issue is simply a cigar that is too tightly rolled. Quality control has gone to shit with the Tributo lately. What a shame for such a great cigar. Pisses me off.  Anyway…

When Ed got some of these in stock, I had to pick some up. It’s namesake is obvious. If you don’t know about Oktoberfest, do a quick Google search. This cigar is of limited quantities, and is obviously meant to be smoked with beer. Since I can’t stand beer, I went with water.


Wrapper: Dominican

Binder & Filler: Dominican

Size: Bavarian 5.5 x 52

Price: Around $7.95

Pre-Smoke & Construction:


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark oily wrapper looked great, with no visible flaws. The smell off of the wrapper and foot was a rich tobacco, cedar, and sweet spice. The pre-light draw was perfect, and had a rich flavor much like the smell of the cigar.

The burn required one minor correction, and the ash held for over an inch.

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The first third started off with an interesting burnt wood flavor. It didn’t take long before black coffee joined in. Wood and pepper were up there and made you take notice. When retrohaling, the peppery spice had a nice zing. Next up was dark chocolate. It had that unmistakable bitter sweetness on the aftertaste. This third basically punched me in the face with flavor, but it was good flavor.

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The second third became sweeter. That rich dark chocolate dominated the flavor profile. Wood was up next, but it wasn’t your standard cedar. Through the nose, the peppery spice kept that nice zing. Be careful when passing smoke through the nose on this one. The lingering aftertaste was dark and sweet, with a tinge of bitterness. Not a bad bitterness mind you.

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The last third settled into a nice dark, heavy dark chocolate much like in the second third. It just seemed more dominant that before. Black coffee was behind it, and wood behind that. Basically it kept the same core flavors throughout, but the delivery changed up from third to third.

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This was a damn good full bodied cigar. The flavors were great, the strength was great, the body was great, and the burn was great. This cigar hit the spot for me. I also tried the larger 6 x 65 version and found it equally enjoyable. Too bad the Oktoberfest is in limited quantities. I could easily see this as a frequently smoked cigar. I say get these while you can.

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