We first heard about the 2015 Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus in June of 2015. In a way Das Brauhaus is a limited edition of a limited edition. While the annual Quesada Oktoberfest isn't necessarily billed as a LE (though it basically is), The Das Brauhaus and the Double Bock are. These two Nicaraguan Puros are limited and, in a slight break from tradition, they are made in Nicaragua as well.
I had a chance to chat with Terence Riley, General Manager of Quesada Cigars, at IPCPR 2015.
2015 Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus
Size: 4.5 x 60
Vitola: Short Figuardo
Wrapper: Viso Habano Jalapa
Binder: Viso Habano Esteli
Filler: Viso Habano Esteli,Ligero Habano Esteli, Ligero Habano Condega
Cigars smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review were provided by Quesada Cigars
Note: For this review we used CigarFederation's rating system
Pre-Light: I love this vitola! Most of us who have been into cigars over the last decade or so will associated this vitola with one specific cigar from one specific brand. But the truth is it has become more prevalent over the last few years. Regardless of what you call it, it is a cool vitola. Throw on a pigtail cap and this chubby little figurado is pretty freakin' cool.
The Habano wrapper from Jalapa was quite dark and had a nice feel to it. The construction was spot on as you would expect with a vitola like this. If it's not spot on, then you'll have some issues.
The wrapper gave off strong notes of barnyard along with some chocolate, hay and sweet tobacco. The cold draw was a bit tight and tasted of chocolate and raisins.
Beginning: The Das Brauhaus started off with a rich and full flavor profile. This would be a theme throughout the smoking experience. Chewy notes of earth, oak, molasses and chocolate were present from the first puff. Sweet, full, thick and luscious are all apt descriptives, but I decided to go with syrupy. There was just so much damn flavor! The smoke was cool, which can be an issue with vitolas like this, and the burn was clean. The Das Brauhaus had an extremely rich and smooth start with almost no spice to speak of.
Middle: I spoke to soon. A black pepper spice showed up as the middle 1/3 began. It was mild at first and grew as the rest of the way and brought with it a lovely balance. The pepper never became stronger than a secondary note and that was just fine with me. The rich and smooth notes maintained their dominance of profile while sweet and spice notes played supporting roles. The flavor profile reminded me of a Guinness Stout. If you've ever had a Guinness, then you know what I'm talking about. If you've never had a Guinness, then we can't be friends.
End: There wasn't a whole lot of change going into the final 1/3. The profile was pretty consistent with the exception of the spice. It grew to a much stronger note in the last 1/3, but it refused to jack up the profile. The strength peaked at a solid medium and remained approachable.
Final Thoughts: This is one of the best Quesada cigars I have smoked. I find myself saying that a lot lately. The 40th Anniversary Corona Clasica is still my favorite, but the Das Brauhaus is right up there. The profile is packed with flavor and complexity, but it never blows our your palate. This is a cigar that is blended to pair with beer, but it's close to a master piece in its own right.
Rating: 94 aka "Box Buy"
This is a fine cigar at a great price point. It's a box buy and it may be my favorite cigar of the year!