Like the 2011 release of Oktoberfest, this years release is a Dominican puro. Last year the Bavarian did very well in my ratings, and while it was great with a beer, it was superb on its own. The cigar begins with an incredibly dark wrapper from the Cibao Valley, and it is very similar in appearance to last years release. Underneath that is a Dominican binder that is not specified, and fillers that are Cuban seed Criollo, Olor Viso and Olor Ligero. I was tempted to grab the Bavarian vitola again, but instead picked up one of the newer vitolas, the Kaiser Ludwig. If you were not aware of this before, the first Oktoberfest was held as a celebration of the marriage of their crown prince, Crown Prince Ludwig I. He eventually went on to become King Ludwig I of Bavaria, but an interesting thing is that he was never a Kaiser. Anyways, the Kaiser Ludwig is an interesting vitola in the line, because it is the only cigar to be under a 50 ring gauge, and also be box pressed. The cigar measures 6" with a 49 ring gauge, and is beautiful in hand. It has a near black maduro wrapper to it, and it is slightly oily to touch. There are some minor veins present in the cigar, but nothing to major and the cigar has a comforting aroma of spices, coffee beans, wood, licorice and leather.
|Dominican Cibao Wrapper|
When I get into the second third of the cigar there is a nice addition to the flavor profile, and I would say the cigar is rounding out now. I am picking up some creamy and cocoa notes to begin with in this third, and it is very pleasant. There are still those leather, espresso, pepper and spicy notes, and it is really a great part of the cigar. While the flavors have really picked up, it is in the second third of the cigar that I saw some burn issues with the cigar. There was nothing majorly wrong, but a little hick ups here and there. I would say the strength of the cigar is remaining at that medium body level in this third, and I am still getting that solid dark gray ash to it. I did get some great smoke rings in this third, and it is still smoking wonderfully with the beer.
|2011 Bavarian (left)
2012 Kaiser Ludwig (right)
I really enjoyed this years Oktoberfest, and I love that they added some new vitolas to the line. I would say that this is my preferred vitola thus far of all the releases, and that would be because of the thinner ring gauge and the fact that the cigar was box pressed. I felt that overall this cigar was constructed very well, and with that it had some nice flavors. I do think that these cigars are much better with a Märzenbier, and while they are enjoyed as their own, they are much better with an Oktoberfest. These are great cigars to have during this season and smoke them with the great beer that many love. I give this cigar a solid 90, and I am interested to see how the new vitolas are as well.