I had the pleasure of receiving this beautiful cigar from a trade I did with a fellow cigar aficionado. At that time I didn’t know much about the Oktoberfest but once I looked around the Internet and realized what a gem of a cigar I had, it was hard to just stock it in my humidor and not smoke it immediately. Thankfully excitement gave way to patience–until now. Apparently, this particular cigar is meant to be paired with beer, hence the namesake. Let’s see what all the fuss is about, shall we?
- Cigar size: 5 1/2 x 52
- Origin: Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Dominican Cibao
- Binder: Dominican
- Filler: Dominican
- Price: $7.50 online (if you can find it)
The Oktoberfest Bavarian is nearly a work of art. A very toothy and oily dark wrapper free from any natural defects and adorned by a few medium-sized veins adorns its body and gives it a very rustic look. The wrapper’s seams are almost invisible, and the body is solidly constructed without any soft spots or any signs of sponginess. It’s quite a heavy cigar as well in terms of weight.
The body smells like fermented tobacco while the foot carries a mint-like scent combined with a faint hint of spice. The perfect draw carries hints of sweet mint as well as tobacco scents.
A solid flavoring of wood begins my journey into this cigar. There’s a hint of spice that’s present as well and it starts to develop into a more prominent flavor. Coffee and chocolate flavors also begin to make their presence known, and there’s a faint hint of leather mixing with the spice in the long finish. As the burn progresses towards the second third, a slight hint of cherry aftertaste also begins to appear.
Coffee, wood and a little bit of cherry dominate the flavor profile during the second third with a small dash of chocolate reappearing from time to time. There’s a small amount of spice left in the finish, but it’s not as strong as it was during the first third of the cigar. The flavor delivery is smooth and sophisticated, and interestingly, the strength kick isn’t as hard as I was expecting it to be. I’d say it’s near-medium at best.
The last third offers up a slightly increased intensity in terms of flavor. Wood and coffee are essentially the main flavors at this part of the stick. There’s also an increase in the spicy aftertaste and nuanced appearances of chocolate and cherry are also to be found. Again, there’s not much to expect as far as strength is concerned, but the flavors are definitely around medium to full-bodied.
The Oktoberfest starts off with a decent burn. It then becomes slightly slanted and stays like this until the middle part of the cigar. From there, it does become worse where a re-light was necessary around the last part of the second third.
Fortunately, this cigar’s ash and smoke were more pleasant. A nice grainy tight ash follows the burn, and the smoke is wonderfully beautiful due to its thick and creamy volume and sweet tobacco aroma.
It’s unfortunate that the Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian is out of stock from all my favorite online retailers. I’m not surprised why, seeing as this cigar’s flavors were delightfully enjoyable to the very last puff. It could also be due to the fact that there were only 500 boxes made of this particular vitola, and another 500 were made for the 6 x 65 Uber format. I’m hoping that this will be a yearly release with a more improved burn profile, though I just might have gotten a dud to begin with. For now, I’m giving this cigar a fourth-drawer rating until I can get a few more sticks.