Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 | Cigar Review

Wrapper: Dominican (Cibao Valley)
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican Cuban Seed Criollo, Dominican (Olor Viso and Ligero)
Size: 6 x 52 “Torpedo-Das Boot”
Body: Medium/Full
Price: $8.50


Today we take a look at the new Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 Das Boot. It made its debut this summer at the IPCPR trade show. This is the third Oktoberfest with that first one coming out in 2011.

The cigar band has changed dramatically.

The cigar comes in 6 sizes:
Das Boot: 6 x 52 (torpedo)
Kurz: 4 x 50
Krone: 5 x 43
Kaiser Ludwig: 6 x 49 (Box Pressed)
Bavarian: 5.5 x 52
Uber: 6 x 65
And for events only is the Salomon Press: 6.75 x 50/33

This is a stout cigar. It is heavy in the hand. It has a beautiful oily dark chocolate brown wrapper. Seams vary from cigar to cigar. Some are invisible and some are tight. Very few veins and what there are, they are hidden by the dark wrapper. The pointed triple cap is one of the most flawless I’ve seen. And the wrapper has a sandy feel to the touch.

Another side note. Rarely do cigars end up perfectly round. This cigar does. Usually, they are like out of whack pool cues.

I clip the cap and find aromas of earthiness, rich dark baking cocoa, cedar, lemon citrus, espresso, spice, and leather.
Time to light up.

The first puffs are full of dark cocoa and a rich earthiness. Right behind that pops up a very strong black pepper. Sweetness and creaminess right behind that. I’m not even a minute into the smoke.

Something rich and decadent is lurking. I will get it.

Berries. Dark berries. Blueberry. It is faint. But that is what enhances the sweetness. I need to remind you I have a very sensitive palate. I can taste flavors not even dogs can hear. (What?) Blueberry muffin. There is a nice cake element. Add to that some honey and the coup de grace is complete in the sweetness category.

The tobacco is an extremely influential part of the profile. It is sweet earthiness. Like rich soil you can eat.

The char line is a bit wavy. But it is early and shows no sign of a runaway.

Andrew told me he just got these in. That’s fine with me. I like a fresh rolled cigar. They have a special flavor unlike well-aged sticks. Look how Wynwood has developed an entire line of fresh rolled cigars.

He got them in about two weeks ago. I was going to review them earlier but other stuff got in the way. And then yesterday, I had my back procedure. Sheer terror and horror. And that was from the doctor. So you can imagine how I reacted.

Didn’t sleep for shit last night and writing and smoking is clearing my brain. And distracting me from that being hit by a 2 x 4 experience.

The dark cocoa is becoming much more prevalent. It is mom’s homemade hot cocoa on a cold day. With little marshmallows on top. (The creaminess)

I am surprised that there isn’t more spiciness. Maybe because it needs more age? Maybe because that’s how it was blended. Go figure.

I am up very early. Couldn’t sleep. Review Bubbelah.
And lo and behold, the sun came out at 7:20am. Huzzah!
So you can get a hint of the oiliness on the wrapper.

The ash is sturdy with white color and flecks of grey.

I would like it if the Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 was spicier but maybe a surprise is awaiting me. After 15 minutes of smoke time, I’ve only burned one inch.

Here are the flavors: Creaminess, sweetness, blueberry muffin, chocolate, dark espresso, cedar, leather, wood, and a hint of pepper.

It is edging closer and closer to becoming a flavor bomb. Due to the freshness of the cigar, I expect it to happen around the halfway point.

The strength is classic medium body.

The rich earthiness is in a class to itself.

Nuttiness emerges in the form of raw almonds. Quickly becoming a marzipan candy bar covered in chocolate. Woodiness becomes stronger. A nice, pleasant oak type flavor.

The cigar can best be described as smooooooth. Even though I am only approaching the second third, a bit of complexity digs in. The flavors become a round disco ball spitting out flavors as it turns.

The second third begins.

I am no longer dry boxing my cigars. The last couple of weeks have been freezing cold. And we have to keep the thermostat down to save on dough for this two story house plus basement. I learned this the hard way with a couple of recent reviews.

The cold is too much for the cigar. It dries them out and causes cracks in the wrapper. So as long as it is this cold, I plop the cigars in my humidor as soon as I get them.

I did a stupid thing and dry boxed this 5 pack Andrew sent me and I can see a crack near the foot of this cigar.

Our night time temps have been right at the freezing mark. And during the day, it doesn’t get much higher than 50 degrees.

It will just be moments until flavor bomb status is attained. The finish is becoming longer and the flavors subtle, but potent.

The Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 is a long blueberry muffin dripping with chocolate frosting and being dipped in coffee sweetened with honey. There, my lovely readers, is my definitive description of the Quesada Oktoberfest 2014.

Half an inch from the halfway point and we have touch down. Flavors explode. The lineup has changed a bit: Blueberry muffin, earthiness, creaminess, cocoa, coffee, wood, honey, cedar, floral notes, spice, leather, and a potent cake-like flavor.

Friggin delicious cigar now. It was just warming up to get here. I know that with a month or two humidor time, this explosion of flavor will happen in the first third.

Strength is a tad bit higher than medium body.
And spice is increasing.

I’m at the halfway point. I am really digging the Quesada Oktoberfest 2014.

While everyone is charging $8-9 for this cigar, SBC is charging less than $7 in a 5 pack!

I asked Andrew to post some boxes for sale. I assume they come in 20 counts. So even with the discount, they ain’t cheap. Not for my readership. Give my readership a box for $100 and they come ‘a runnin’.

The 5 pack is a good way to try the Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 and if you like it, buy the box.

Caramel shows itself for the first time. Creamy, gooey and delectable.

The construction, in spite of the burned away crack, has been excellent. The char line stopped being wavy early on without any touch ups required. And the cap has held up to Katman drool nicely.

I was right on point when I predicted that the halfway point would be the sweet spot. It is amazing. The finish is now very chewy and very long.

The complexity is full on.

And the strength moves to medium/full.

If you have back problems, you can relate. That aching pain in the butt that travels down your legs? Well, this temp stimulator has totally eradicated that pain. The low back pain is still there because he cut me open. But for the first time in years, I am walking without a limp. Marvelous.

Usually, when it is time to take a photo, I grunt and groan to get up and walk over to the window. This morning, nada. I get up like a real mensch. It is overwhelming what a difference this stimulator makes.

The Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 is a luscious cake. Chocolate, coffee, blueberries, honey, and caramel are soaring.

I love this cigar. It is the first one I smoked from the samples and had no idea what to expect. There are very few reviews of this cigar out there so I really had no preconceived notion. Too new, I guess.

Again, this cigar is the ultimate in the art of smooth. Like gliding on ice on a calm day.

The last third begins. I realize now that the reviews I did read reviewed them too early. Granted, I only waited 10 days, but the cigar is a high premium and is showing off every chance it gets. So too soon can’t really be quantified. I must attribute the difference in flavors from other reviews to my palate.

Even though it is a medium/full blend, it is a good morning cigar with a bowl of cereal in your belly.

The last third of the Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 is just cruising now. No changes in flavor profile.

I’m getting a small hit of nicotine. Not too bad.

I cannot find any info about the availability of this cigar. Since it is an annual release, I have to assume it is a limited production cigar. But that’s just a guess.

At $6.84 a stick, this is a must try. Would I pay the $8.50 everyone else is charging? If I had no other choice, probably yes. It certainly belongs in that category. But less than $7 and it is a steal. The other tip off that it is a limited run is that Andrew at SBC is selling the whole line in 5 packs. Not enough to go around.

In the last 2”, flavors are knocking me out. Perfectly balanced.

I like that the strength creeps up on you instead of hitting you over the head with a sledge hammer.

The char line has been pretty much dead nuts throughout the smoke.

The finish is without a bit of harshness or heat.

But now the Quesada Oktoberfest 2014 moves into full body. It forces me to slow way down. Absolutely guaranteed, that with a few months of humidor time, this cigar will be a killer. Not that there is anything wrong with it after a couple weeks. So if you do purchase a 5 pack, try one after two weeks and let me know what you think.


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6 replies

  1. Crap! Like a gluttonous child in the candy store,my nickels are already burned for the month.( Cue picture of merchant Andrew smiling behind his display case. )
    Can most certainly relate to the back thing. It’s such a pleasure when that Sciatic nerve turns to fire from your ass cheek down to your shin. Good to know that you’re finally getting some relief,which I’m sure also eases Charlotte’s mind.

  2. Great review. Glad you are better. Just a word about one of your previous picks. I took your advice on the Tatuaje Avion 13. Got a 5, then a box. Amazing cigar. Needs to move up on your top 25.

  3. These sound wonderful – and are now on the future purchase shortlist. Great to hear the temp stimulator’s working.

  4. It’s good to hear your procedure went smoothly Katman, all the best…