Toro, 6” x 54 ring gauge / $44.75, 5 pack, Smoke Inn Exclusive
Smoke Inn just released the 7th in their ever-expanding Microblend Series, this time based around the popular Quesada Oktoberfest line. I first became aware of the Oktoberfest about 2 years ago, although it may have shipped a year earlier. At this point, it is an annual release, coming out around October. The regular release is a Dominican Puro, using Criollo and Olor leaves that really do impart a nice flavor. This Microblend version uses the same fillers and binder as the original, but does a big change-up with the wrapper. The majority is wrapped in a select Broadleaf Maduro leaf (Connecticut? Perhaps, although I saw no confirmation in the materials I received or on the Smoke Inn website), while the foot has a piece of Connecticut Shade around it. Hold it with the foot up and the effect is supposed to be like a “dark rich Dunkel beer with a savory foamy head.” And thus the name of this version of the Oktoberfest: Dunkel. I received 2 samples of the Dunkel in early September, but lots of work and little time conspired to prevent me from reviewing it before they went on sale at Smoke Inn. Visit their website to buy it if it sounds like something you’d like.