The summer season is starting to wane and the autumnal bursts of color and the promise of cooler weather is right around the corner. There are many things to love about the fall, but perhaps one of the one’s I look forward to most is Oktoberfest! A glorious time in which beer flows freely and the spirits are light. This year Oktoberfest is looking even brighter with the perfect complement to a great beer which is a great cigar. Today we are taking a look at the uber tasty new creation from Quesada and SAG Imports, the Oktoberfest.
The Oktoberfest is unique in that it was expressly created to complement a Marzen-styled beer which just so happens to populate the Oktoberfest festival. The first thing one notices about this cigar is the gorgeous oily hybrid wrapper. According to the fellas over at SAG Imports this new type of wrapper is being called “Dominican Cibao.” The cigar itself is a Dominican Puro and was found to be firm and well constructed upon our initial inspection. The foot has a sweet barnyard aroma, and as I lit the cigar and began to enjoy the experience I noticed a sweet wood and spice aroma take center stage.
As the cigar continued to unfold I was impressed by the tight black ash that clung to the cigar until being doffed off into the ash-tray and copious amounts of savory smoke that the cigar emitted. Towards the midpoint the notes became more floral in taste and my tongue started to buzz a little as if the cigar really was indeed malty. I have experienced that in two of my three cigars for review, so I don’t know if the malty effect is a figment of my hopeful imagination, or a true aspect of the cigar, but it certainly has something going on. The final act unfolds on the palate and reveals a burnt toast and dry floral finish.
The Oktoberfest from start to finish was one fantastic medium+ cigar. As I mentioned earlier in the week this cigar easily comes to the top of my list for a tasty robust cigar with a lot of complexity and character. For those wondering if it really does pair well with beer…it does! Our Beer and Spirits Editor Jay smoked one of the Oktoberfests with me over the last weekend, and we both agreed that it pairs nicely with a marzen-styled brew or even some of the belgians. Another good beer style to pair it with would be a Hefeweizen, like the Four Peaks Hefe. At the end of the day whether you are brew snob or not, the Oktoberfest delivers a hearty complex smoking experience that is sure to bring a smile to your face!