Quesada oktoberfest 2012 Das Boot – Cigar Review
Cigars are often paired with libations, scotch, whiskey, cocktails, whatever it may be. My libation of choice is generally beer. In fact, I’m sort of a beer snob. The Quesada Oktoberfest is a cigar designed to be paired with the German Oktoberfest beer and is an IPCPR 2012 release. I am a big fan of Märzen style brews, and could not wait to light this up and see if it lives up to its bottled counterparts. This year’s release of the Quesada Oktoberfest will be available in 6 sizes. Today I am reviewing the new Das Boot size, a 6 x 52 torpedo.Only 500 boxes of the Das Boot and Kurz (4 x 50) sizes will be released. There will also be 1,000 boxes released, each of the Uber (6 x 65) and Barvarian (5 1/2 x 52) being released, and 250 boxes of the Kaiser Ludwig (6 x 49). The Kaiser Ludwig is actually named for the Oktoberfest founder, and is the most limited size in the line.
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Size: 6 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Cibao)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium to Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The Quesada oktoberfest 2012 Das Boot has an attractive dark brown wrapper with some medium veins and a nice oil gloss to it. It ends in a tight, generous torpedo cap, and the cigar smoked for review had no noticeable flaws. The band is fairly spartan, which stays true to the Oktoberfest tradition as all of their beers are made without any added sugar or spices. The band simply features the Quesada leaf logo, and says Quesada Oktoberfest on the top, and Hand Made Dominican Republic.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Quesada Oktoberfest 2012 Das Boot has the scent of sweet molasses, some light spices, and a bit of wood. The foot has notes of molasses, earth, spice, and wood. I go with a fairly generous cut on the Quesada Oktoberfest 2012 Das Boot and on the cold draw there is a blend of spice, earth, molasses, and wood.
Smoking Characteristics: I light up the Quesada Oktoberfest 2012 Das Boot using a cedar spill, and it kicks off with some very sweet deep woody flavors, a bit of molasses, a light blend of spices, and just a bit of pepper which lingers on the palate lightly between draws. The draw is fairly generous, providing a nice body of smoke, which is sweet, cool, and very delicious. The strength is around the medium to full range with a nice spice on the retrohale.
Into the second third, the evolution of flavor isn’t too significant. The notes of sweet wood, molasses, and light spice all remain, but the pepper mostly subsides from the flavor profile and a new nutmeg joins the blend. The burn line stays fairly sharp, and the ash holds firm, but when you ash it, it becomes a bit flaky. The blend of flavors is excellent, the draw still performs well, easily providing a full body of the rich smoke.
Into the final third, all the notes of sweet wood, molasses, and spices all remain and become a bit richer. The strength kicks up a bit in this third, and becomes nearly full with a nice mild buzz setting in. The ash still holds firm, and becomes a bit less flaky at this point when you ash it. However, the burn has required a touch-up correction.
Conclusion: The Quesada Oktoberfest 2012 Das Boot was an excellent smoke, very similar in my opinion to the Molotov (another Quesada release). The flavors were a pleasant blend, yet did not evolve too much during the smoke. I could certainly see it working well with an Oktoberfest brew, and plan on pairing it with one when the full release becomes available in my local B&M. The construction was excellent, the only real issue being burn, which I would attribute to the sample being so fresh. I would recommend this a must try, and a possible box purchase for beer snobs like myself!