The Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 Edition Cigar Line ReviewThe Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 Edition is a bit of a change from previous iterations of the cigar, which is updated and released every year in time for the legendary beer festival. The inspiration behind the stick was to find a blend that paired well with malt liquor, otherwise known as beer. The first attempt at the blend was released back in 2011 for the IPCPR Trade Show. Every year, the formula has been tweaked slightly, mainly by using a different wrapper with the blend. This year, the changes are primarily visual, as the newest version comes with an updated band and packaging, making it easier to tell them apart in the humidor. Of course, the binder and fillers are taken from a different harvest year, so it brings a unique flavor to the table as well.

The cigar has a Dominican Cibao Valley wrapper, a Dominican binder and three Dominican fillers, a Cuban Seed Criollo, an Olor Viso and an Olor Ligero. The Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 Edition is available in seven vitolas, which is the blends largest production. These include a 4 x 50 Kurz, 5 x 43 Krone, 5 1/2 x 52 Bavarian, 6 x 49 box-pressed Kaiser Ludwig, 6 x 52 Das Boot, 6 x 65 Uber and an event only vitola, 6 3/4 x 50/33 Saloman Press. The wrapper is dark chocolate in color and is very oily, and the seams are hidden well, making for a smooth appearance. The band is new and shaped like a shield. It is blue with white type and gold trim, and features the flag of Germany, the name of the cigar and gold leaf ornamentation. Reviewers detected several notes on the cold draw, including earth, citrus spice and some roasted coffee. 

The initial third of the smoke produces a range of flavors that will be familiar to anyone who has tried a previous Oktoberfest. They include some pepper, earth and chocolate notes, along with a bit of sweetness. About an inch in, reviewers found that the sweetness developed into honey or blackberry though it varied a little from stick to stick. On the retrohale, a white pepper flavor provides a nice tingling sensation.

The middle third of the Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 Edition runs with the same flavors as the first although the blackberry or honey sweetness moves into a dominant position. The earth and chocolate flavors mostly stay in the background, but they occasionally move to the front as well. The pepper is tertiary at this point and is more of an accent flavor.

During the final third, the pepper ramps up in intensity quickly, sharing the spotlight with the earth flavor. Aficionados also noted that the chocolate and blackberry or honey sweetness merged a bit in the background, creating a nice contrast between sweet and spice. The cigar finishes off in a way, leaving behind a cool nub.

Reviewers placed the stick in the medium to full category, and also state that the draw provided a little resistance, which is something many smokers prefer. In all, it is a worthy addition to the line, and thoroughly enjoyable whether or not you supplement it with a tall frosty mug of beer.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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