My first Quesada was an Oktoberfest……right around a year ago. Since then, I’ve discovered a love of their cigars, especially the Oktoberfest. Obviously, when I found out that the newest installment in the Smoke Inn Micro Blend Series would be a twist on the Oktoberfest, my mouth started watering.
While the standard Oktoberfest is a Dominican Puro, this iteration incorporates a ‘very select broadleaf maduro’ wrapper of undisclosed origin and a portion of Ecuadorian Connecticut at the foot for the trademark appearance. Though, this incorporation is hardly a merely aesthetic incorporation.
So, I took off to the Craft Beer Shop, in search of a great pairing. Sadly, most of the good craft Oktoberfest beers are not quite on shelves yet. I wanted something unique and with a good match of flavors. I found Victory Brewing’s Otto, a Belgian style Dubbel Ale incorporating heavy malting for a unique American twist.I think the colors match pretty damn well!
So, let’s get down to the cigar!
In both cigars that I smoked, construction was excellent. Minor veining, but nothing major. Neither cigar had any imperfections and the execution of the tapered foot was flawless.
Smoke and Burn:
Burn was exactly what I’d expect of a cigar that both Quesada and Smoke Inn would offer to the public. Burn was perfect, only minor wave around the midway mark, but nothing that came even close to needing a touch up.
Smoke was not excessively heavy, but notably more dense and abundant than most cigars. Personally, if I like a cigar, I want it to permeate the area where I’m enjoying that cigar, so the smoke volume and density is a bonus to me.
(Burn further along, slight wavering, but no issues)
First, let’s talk about the foot. While the Maduro wrapper definitely kicks the standard Oktoberfest up a notch, the Connecticut foot helps to fade into the depth. The first few puffs are surprisingly light while you get past the section that’s purely Connecticut wrapped. Once you get into the portion where it is both Connecticut and Maduro wrapped, flavor and boldness ramps up notably then ramps up even more once you get into the purely Maduro wrapped portion of the cigar. It is a truly expertly executed progression of the flavors I’ve come to love and expect from the Oktoberfest and the extra oomph provided by the Maduro wrap really appeals to my palate. I’m definitely impressed with this aspect of the cigar. (In contrast, I truly enjoy the Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta, but I usually put it down when I get past primary wrapper. The execution just isn’t quite up to par like in the Dunkel and the JdN Cabinetta gets a little harsh and bland all at once) As far as the actual flavors that progress and deepen through the cigar, it is mostly dominated by an interesting and seasonally appropriate mix of spices and earthiness.
This would be an excellent after dinner cigar with one of the Pumpkin based Ales or even Stouts that should be coming out soon. Though, any of the Trappist style Ales should go beautifully and the Otto has proven quite interesting and a very good pairing, not perfect, but very good.
(still burning great and flavor and boldness have peaked at near full body)
I love the normal Oktoberfest and I’ve yet to be disappointed by a Smoke Inn Micro Blend. The Dunkel definitely lives up to both for my expectations and at the standard $8.95/stick Micro Blend price, it’s hard to beat for the money.
I will definitely be putting in my Preorder for a box (you get a free beer mug when you preorder as well!) and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys medium-full body cigars.
This is an easy A+, excellent modification to an already great cigar at an excellent price!