This Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian cigar has been aged under great conditions in my humidor since October 2013 when Quesada released a new line-up of Oktoberfest Cigars. Due to its success they released a 2014 line-up and will likely release a 2015 line.
The Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian is a decent cigar and when a cigar doesn’t have many dimensions there is no need to invent descriptions as this cigar is very straightforward. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad cigar, it only means it lacks transitions and a plethora of flavors.
Because it was an Oktoberfest themed cigar, I decided to pair it with some some beer once I got to the half way point.
Name: QUESADA Oktoberfest Bavarian 2013
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Dominican Cibao Valley
Filler: Dominican Cuban Seed Criollo, Olor Viso, Ligero
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
The Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian 2013 is part of a series of cigars:
Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian 5.5″ X 52 (Featured in this cigar review)
Quesada Oktoberfest Das Boat 6″ X 52 Torpedo
Quesada Oktoberfest Kurz 4″ X 50 Short Robusto
Quesada Oktoberfest Krone: 5″ X 43
Quesada Oktoberfest Kaiser Ludwig: 6″ X 49 (Box Pressed)
Quesada Oktoberfest Uber: 6″ X 65
Quesada Oktoberfest Salomon Press: 6 3/4″ X 50/33 (Event)
Presentation of the Bavarian
The Quesada Oktoberfest has a thick gummy dark wrapper that surrounds a core that is not firmly packed. The wrapper seems very thick and oily. The cigar smells of deep dark sweet tobacco. There is nothing overly noticeable other than this smell. It’s very welcoming and fresh. The was purchased in Germany and features the colors of the German flag on the band.
Zest & Flavours
The cigar has a peppery feel on the roof of the mouth and retrohale. For the most part, the flavours are mostly spicy with earthy undertones. Each puff’s finish has a mineral taste that coats the mouth and allows you to swallow the flavour.
Draw, Smoke Output & Finish
Draw has a medium to light resistance and it has decent smoke output. The finish is on the long side.
Strength, Vim & Vigor
The cigar lingers above the medium in body and strength profile. Flavours are strong. The draw is medium to light and it has decent smoke output. As we get through the cigar the flavours and strength pick up. This is when I cracked open a cold beer, a simple San Miguel from a can. It paired well as the spice from the cigar matched the hops and alcohol flavour of the beer. Generally I find beer to pair well with cigars that have some spice. It cuts down any bitterness that could start to take over the cigar towards the end.
Dimensions and Balance
I found this cigar very simple, it had mostly spicy mineral tones so I would say it was nothing more than two-dimensional. I would call this a “straightforward pull no punches” profile.
Price and Value
The cigar sells around $7.00 and considering that I enjoyed it for approximately 2 hours with a beer, I would say it’s a decent value. If you’re looking for tons of transitions and complexity to add to the value, that will not be the case with this cigar. With its strong spice and earthy tones, you do get enough flavour in every puff to call this cigar a good one. I would give it a better than average value for money if a strongish medium plus bodied cigar is your thing.
When I was in Germany in 2013 I purchased this cigar from Cigar World. You can get very competitively priced cigars when you shop there.