Review Quai d’Orsay No.50 – Pre Release

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 110 mm x 50
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price :NA-

NEW
6 categories review

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★½☆☆
Construction : ★★★★★☆
Consistency : ★★★★☆☆

Overall Quality : ★★★★☆☆

Quai d'Orsay was created in the 70s when the recently elected president at the time, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, asked his minister of economy to create a French cigar. As the former president explained "France is known for its perfume, champagne, foie gras but nothing in the world of tobacco".
La Seita, company that had the monopoly of tobacco in France, was commissioned to create a cigar for the French market. Quai d'Orsay became the third brand at that time on the market with a non Cuban name, after Davidoff and Dunhill.

The marca was present in minor markets only. Over the past decade France was able to enjoy beautiful Quai d'Orsay regional editions that became collector items.

This year, during the festival we were all pleased to attend the "relaunch" of a brand I particularly enjoy. Habanos S.A. decided to push Quai d'Orsay to a wider audience outside the French boundaries.
Not only a stunning rebranding with a new super cool band and packaging, the blend has been modified without forgetting the roots of the originally French marca. Therefore we were able to enjoy 3 vitolas, one of them is very trendy No.50.

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Review Quai D’Orsay (new) Coronas Claro

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 110 mm x 50
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price :NA-

NEW
6 categories review

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★½☆☆
Construction : ★★★★★☆
Consistency : ★★★★☆☆

Consistency : ★★★★☆☆

Quai d'Orsay was created in the 70s when the recently elected president at the time, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, asked his minister of economy to create a French cigar. As the former president explained "France is known for its perfume, champagne, foie gras but nothing in the world of tobacco".
La Seita, company that had the monopoly of tobacco in France, was commissioned to create a cigar for the French market. Quai d'Orsay became the third brand at that time on the market with a non Cuban name, after Davidoff and Dunhill.

The marca was present in minor markets only. Over the past decade France was able to enjoy beautiful Quai d'Orsay regional editions that became collector items.

This year, during the festival we were all pleased to attend the "relaunch" of a brand I particularly enjoy. Habanos S.A. decided to push Quai d'Orsay to a wider audience outside the French boundaries.
Not only a stunning rebranding with a new super cool band and packaging, the blend has been modified without forgetting the roots of the originally French marca. Therefore we were able to enjoy 3 vitolas, one of them is very trendy No.50.

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Quai d’Orsay Superiores (Regional Edition Pacific Asia)

Quai d'Orsay Superiores

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.9 (124 mm) x 50
Released in : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : N/A
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I have been trying to recall whether I have smoked a Quai d'Orsay and I am almost certain I haven’t. I have been trying to get my hands on one for a while, but they are not easy to come by. We have all heard how great the Quai d'Orsay Imperiales are, but they are almost impossible to find in the cigar stores; unless your local cigar store is in France. The brand was created in 1973 by Cubatobaco for the French distributor Keita. The brand’s initial lineup had five vitolas, two of which are still in production; the Coronas and the Imperiales. The 2011 regional edition series though came to bring a breath of life in the brand, with two new vitolas, the only additions in the brands portfolio since its launch. One of these two vitolas is the Quai d’Orsay Superior, a classic robusto that was released for Pacific Cigar and the Asia Pacific region and it is the cigar I will be smoking today.

Although I wouldn’t call it “ugly” the Superior does not look the best, as it has a few flaws in its appearance. The wrapper is rough, with plenty of veins and a few green spots. The bunch is normal, but inconsistent, with some looser spots on both ends of the cigar. The triple car is rounded and sloppy, but there is plenty of floral aromas present on the foot of the cigar. The prelight draw is also loose. Time to light it up…

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Quai d’Orsay Imperiales

Quai d'Orsay Imperiales

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Churchill/Julieta
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Weight : 15.07 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~/$15.00 piece
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As a more experienced smoker, perhaps my palate is too far along for me to really get the most out of this cigar. Quai d'Orsay Imperiales wasn't offensive, just not for me.

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Quai d’Orsay Gran Coronas

Quai d'Orsay Gran Coronas

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Corona Grande
Size : 155 mm x 16.67
Ring : 42
Weight : 10.14 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~7€/piece
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Pretty impressed by the Quai d'Orsay Gran Coronas. Very nice-looking and has a pleasant bouquet of smooth and mild flavors. The only downside was a slightly tight draw.

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