Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Grande
Size : 155 mm x 16.67
Ring : 42
Weight : 10.14 g
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.
As you can see (click on images to enlarge), this is a beautiful one. The veinless wrapper is extremely smooth and silky, no soft spots. The color is milk chocolate.
The construction is OK, I had no problems lighting it up and the burn was fine (slow and regular). However, the draw was quite tight and, honestly, I was expecting more smoke (which was, by the way, delicious).
Starts out with very light dry wood and cedar flavors, you barely feel them but they sure are pleasant. After a couple of minutes, sweet notes appear and tend to become stronger as I progress in the second third. The combination is very delicious, although you must concentrate to fully enjoy it and it would probably be best to smoke the Quai d'Orsay Gran Coronas slowly, before a meal and with a simple drink like a glass of cold water. In my opinion, it doesn't pair up with a whiskey. In the last third, nice bitterness and a high quality tobacco flavor.
A pretty good investment. Would have put 5 stars if only the draw was perfect.
Overall Rating :
It was a very beautiful cigar, dynamic and flavorful. I am almost sure that its taste is unique, so if you have an opportunity, try it out.