Three booths. Three booths are traditionally a pain to photograph due to lighting: Ashton, Gurkha and Quesada. I have all three assigned to me and despite my pleas each year to change the lighting, or to simply just make the lighting consistent, the booths are pretty much the same and as such the pictures are not my best work. That being said, I always enjoy being at the Quesada booth. Whether it’s here at the trade show or at the factory, Quesada always has a very family feel to it that makes it a nice to relax and just chat, which is what I did for a good 20 minutes.Quesada’s booth is rectangular with some walls and a center structure. All the product is placed in this curved circular structure in the middle, which is great for moving clients around in an orderly fashion and awful for my attempts to photograph it.Quesada Oktoberfest (2017)

I really like the white bands on the new Oktoberfest. Quesada will be hosting events where one customer will win a two night trip to Miami to visit Tank Brewery and of course, have a beer and a cigar.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Cibao Valley
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Cuban Seed Criollo, Olor Viso & Ligero
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

Launch Date: July 2017Quesada Q d’etat (2017)

My personal feelings about the first release aside, the cigar apparently has a lot of demand. It soft-launched earlier this year through Payless Cigars & Pipes and is now being offered to other retailers and is shipping nationwide.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Quesada Q d’etat Molotov (5 x 38/58/44) — $7.95 (Boxes of 10, $79.50)
  • Quesada Q d’etat Howitzer (6 x 60) — $9.50 (Boxes of 10, $95)
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Arapiraca
  • Binder: Criollo 98
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Quesada Q d’etat Daga (7 1/2 x 54) — $9.75 (Boxes of 10, $97.50)

Launch Date: June 2017Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole

The Reserva Privada Barberpole is limited to just 3,000 cigars in each size. I’ve smoked a few different sizes of the blend and find it to be a nice addition to the ever-growing Reserva Privada family.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Criollo 98 Oscuro & Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Dominican Criollo
  • Filler: Dominican & Pennsylvania
  • Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole Robusto (4 3/4 x 52) — $13.60
  • Quesada Reserva Privada Barberpole Toro (5 5/8 x 54) — $14

Launch Date: August 2017Quesada Countertop Humidor

The most valuable space at a retailer is the countertop. Quesada has had a lot of success with its pre-packaged bags, which are designed for both countertop and floor display, so now it’s taking it a step further with a humidor. It’s packaged to hold Casa Magna, Fonseca Nicaragua, Quesada Keg, Quesada Oktoberfest and Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro.

None of the cigars in the humidor package are new.

Launch Date: August 2017

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.