Behind The Stick:
The December 8th press release reads:
December 8, 2011 — The Q d’etat line represents a symbolic revolt against the unfair taxation practices and mistreatment of the premium cigar industry. The brand is intended to create awareness of the dangers increased government regulation and taxation will produce, specifically the FDA’s desire to regulate premium cigars. There will be three sizes, released at different dates, of 1,000 ten-count boxes. Each box will contain a form to register for membership in Cigar Rights of America.
The first of the three sizes is a figurado called the “Molotov” and will be released in January. We chose the name because the term was first coined by the Finns in reference to the cocktail bombs they utilized to fight against Communist oppression from the Soviet Union during the Winter War in 1939. When the Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov falsely claimed Soviet planes were dropping bread baskets and not bombs over Finland, the Finns began to refer to the bombs as Molotov Bread Baskets and responded by naming their own improvised incendiary devices Molotov cocktails, joking that they needed a drink to enjoy with the food.
We chose Dec 8th, 2011 to issue this press release because it is the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Shaped like a Molotov cocktail measuring 5 x 38/58/44, this cigar is a great size for the thousands of us who will have to smoke outside in the freezing cold this winter because of draconian smoking bans that prevent us from enjoying a cigar indoors at our favorite bars, restaurants, and, often times, even cigar shops.
Wrapper, binder, filler are all Dominican. MSRP for the Molotov was $7.95
Quesada shipped the Molotov to retailers on February 8, 2012 and the cigars went on sale shortly after. Hard to be any more concise their press release from 2012! Onto the review
Size: 5 x 38/58/44
Binder and Filler: Dominican
Price: MSRP $7.95
Factory / Country of Origin: Quesada Factory / Dominican Republic
Release Type: Limited – 1,000 boxes of 10 per vitola ( 30,000 total cigars )
Release Date: February 2012
With a cigar of this caliber, this status and this ‘fame’ – I will admit that my radar for blemishes or issues was a little super sensitive. That being said – this is a cigar that has excellent construction. The shape of this cigar alone requires that the torcedors – or rollers – not only have fundamental understanding and tangible skills but that they are proficient in their craft. To add to this, the Dominican wrapper is a bit more fragile than one would imagine, of course no where near that of a Connecticut but far more delicate than I expected.
These items taken into consideration, the medium dark brown wrapper not only was flawless and nearly seamless on it’s presentation, looked gorgeous with the Quesada band and flame adorned secondary band but also produced copious amounts of smoke while burning, for the most part, straight. Yes the ash was a little flaky from time to time but if that is the only negative thing I could point out – this goes down as an excellently constructed cigar in my book.
The flavor similarities to the smell are a bit staggering – the Chocolate and Earth combination that fills the nose on the pre-light follows the taste buds with a sensation that covers the tongue yet does not coat them. A tangy sweetness continues with the chocolate and earth that is spiced up a little with a light pepper sensation that gives a little zing on the sides of the tongue. The first third pretty much carries true with this flavor profile, some of the puffs leaning towards one flavor note while the next transitions to one of the others but all in all maintaining this ‘core’ profile.
The second and last third kick up the spice a little while the semi-sweet chocolate and earth notes took center stage. There was also a building of a flavor combination that I can only describe as a mixture of barnyard and leather. At the very end of the cigars life this barnyard and leather had dissipated and finished with a dark chocolate and earthy mix.
When a cigar of this caliber gets into your possession, of course one of the highlights on your mind is wondering just how the hell this cigar is going to taste. Will the flavor parallel the name, does the flavor live up to the hype or give way to something different entirely? While not an overly complex cigar I have to give credit where credit is due – the flavors that were experienced were high quality, flavorful and balanced.
I am not sure why, but I was really expecting a lot out of this cigar and while ‘being let down’ doesn’t count for shit, I kinda was. The cigar was produced by a manufacturer I highly respect and enjoy many of their products, it was priced right at just under 8 dollars, carries a fun little back story all while having a unique and fun shape – so why was I not absolutely blown away and entranced by this thing?
I don’t have a good answer and after having a few of these I still cannot pin point ‘why’ I just can’t enjoy this cigar as much as I thought I would. Did I enjoy it? Sure. Did it burn well? Of Course. Were the flavors consistent across the ones I smoked for review? Spot on.
All I can say – I would accept them as a gift, I would look for them in a local B&M or on vacation and I may even pick up a couple if the price was right. I enjoyed it but I just didn’t get that ‘wow’ sensation that I was hoping for.
Every Cigar Has A Story, Every Smoke A Memory