With the excuses out of the way let’s get on with the review, the Quesada Oktoberfest, the latest offering by Manuel Quesada. The idea behind the cigar was to create a blend specifically to be paired with the flavorful Marzen-style beer produced for Oktoberfest.
Cigar Stats: The Oktoberfest is a Dominican Puro with a Dominican Cuban Seed Criollo, Olor Viso, and Ligero filler, a Dominican binder, and a Dominican Cibao Valley wrapper. It is available in very limited quantities (our samples were gifted) and only two sizes: The Bavarian (5.5 x 52, $7.95), and the appropriately named The Uber (6 x 65, $8.95). We reviewed the monstrous Uber.
Appearance: The construction of this stick is flawless. The wrapper is dark and oily with a fair amount of tooth. It feels well packed and rather hefty, which makes us wonder how the draw will be. The colors of the German flag added to the band are a nice touch.
The Smoke: A half inch in we find the draw to be perfect and the flavor to be somewhat mild, with coffee bean, wood, and spice being the predominant notes. At the two-inch mark the dark gray ash finally lets go and the flavors start to evolve into dark chocolate and firewood. Approaching the final third the flavors transition into a buttery taste with a touch of creaminess. The Uber produces massive amounts of smoke and the burn line is near perfect, especially for a cigar with such a large ring gauge.
Verdict: From top to bottom the Oktoberfest The Uber is one fantastic medium-bodied cigar and if you take your beer and cigars seriously, then you are going to love this stogie as much as we did. We paired our smokes with Narragansett’s Fest Lager, and when it got a little nippy out, some Cabin Fever Maple Flavored Whiskey. But be sure to set aside some time, it’s a puffing marathon that lasts about an hour-and-a-half. For more information about the Quesada Oktoberfest and the entire line of Quesada cigars visit www.sagimports.com.