Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper origin: Dominican
Appearance (0-20): Upon my pre-smoking inspection, I was very excited to smoke this guy. The wrapper is very oily and toothy, which gives it a real rustic look and feel. These two qualities generally get me enthused that the cigar is going to be great. The dark brown wrapper has no physical flaws, with some small veins here and there. The band is fairly simple; the signature Quesada gold leaf, while also incorporating the German flag colors into the “Oktoberfest” theme. I see what you did there!
Construction (0-20): Upon lighting, the draw was very smooth. The cigar was well packed, but it really gave a nice amount of smoke without much effort. The ash started off very, very dark, and was almost black at some points. As I was smoking, the ash was holding on pretty strong. I got to the 2 inch mark and decided that I should tap it off…it wouldn’t fall after three taps. I kept on smoking, and the ash held on just past 3 inches (more than half the cigar). This was one of the best ashes that I’ve had on a cigar. This is both because of the length, but also the ash was standing straight up; it didn’t split, veer to one side, or flake off at all.
Strength (0-20): This smoke starts off pretty spicy and full, and then moves back to the lower end of med-full. I was smoking this slower than usual, mainly due to the length of the ash. As I continued, it took a turn back into the full category. The overall experience was on the high end of medium-full, and some may push it into full.
Flavor (0-20): Right away, you will get hit with some spice. The spice isn’t peppery, but sweet and enjoyable. This flavor subsides after a ½ inch, and then moves to notes of woodiness, earthiness, and sweet nutmeg. These hints of sweetness make the experience quite enjoyable. I wouldn’t say this is too complex as the flavors are similar throughout, but they are very consistent from start to finish.
Value (0-20): Moving up the higher end scale of an everyday smoke, I think $8.00 is spot on. Anything above that, and I would really want some additional flavors. The construction of this cigar was amazing, and it made the smoke worthwhile. This is a definite return purchase.
Additional Notes: Paired with Stegmaier Amber Lager, smoked on the deck.
Overall (0-100): Quesada isn’t a brand that I know much about. This was the 2nd that I’ve smoked by them, the first being the Tributo. Both stick were well done, but this was something else. I’m curious to grab a few more of these, and see what some aging does to them. Secondly, I want to see if I got lucky with the construction on my cigar, or they are all this solid. Regardless, I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to try something other than their “go-to” sticks.