Quesada Q d’etat Molotov – Cigar Review

Back in December of 2011 SAG Imports announced it would produce a Q d’etat line of cigars. The Q d’etat line is being produced in order to protest for smokers rights. Included in each box is a card to join the Cigar Rights of America. The first cigar in this line was named the Molotov which I am reviewing today. The second in the Q d’etat line is the Howitzer which we reviewed here.

The press release about the Molotov is below, and describes the idea behind it.

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 will be $7.95

Size: 5 x 38/58/44
Wrapper: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Medium
Body: Medium
Flavor: Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1

Construction and Appearance:  The Molotov is quite an impressive looking stick. Looking at it I can instantly see it is shaped exactly like a Molotov cocktail. The little rat tail head near the cap of the cigar looks exactly like the napkin, and the cigar resembles a bottle perfectly. There are two bands, a fairly typical Quesada band, and a second band with flames in the background which suits it well. The Molotov has a beautiful wrapper which is caramel colored with some veins.

Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Molotov has a sweet woody flavor with note of hay and spice. The foot also has a woody flavor, along with a bit of fruit, pepper, and spice. On the cold draw there are notes of spice and cedar

Smoking Characteristics: When you light the Molotov it starts out with a mild spice, a bit of oak, and some sweet spice. The flavor is delicious, and very well blended. It is not a power house in any way. In terms of strength it sits right around medium. The flavor is so delicious and mild, it is not over powering in anyway.

I wouldn’t call the second third of the flavor profile in the second third of the cigar. It more starts once you start to hit the bulge of the glass. As I smoke into the bulb, an explosion of pepper starts to take over the smoking experience. This is the part of the cigar I would call the Molotov. The notes of fruit, spice, and sweet oak all remain. But at this point the pepper certainly dominates the experience. The draw is excellent and pleasing. The burn is razor sharp and the ash has held all the way to the end of the bulb of the cigar.

After smoking past the bulb the flavor is a carbon copy of the first part of the cigar. Very enjoyable, smooth and rich. The draw is still excellent, easily producing a full body of smoke at this point. The strength still sits around medium, and is giving me an excellent mild buzz.

Conclusion: The Molotov is an excellent cigar. Without a doubt I will be picking up more of these when I can find them again. The flavor is excellent, and quite surprising with the pop in the middle. I love these sticks already, the strength is perfect for a midday smoke. Quesada has done an excellent job with these sticks.

Rating: 90

MSRP: $7.95