Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 110 mm x 50
Ring : 50
6 categories review
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.
I have reviewed few cigars released during the XIX festival Del Habano. All of them were of course extremely good looking. Shiny and oily wrappers. Habanos S.A., could not share a bad looking cigar to their guests. The quai d’orsay No. 50 follows the visual rules. This cigar is dressed by a stunning Colorado wrapper. What a beauty.
But not just the wrapper, as previously explained during the Quai d’Orsay corona claro review, the brand is revealing a new band. On this one, the cigar name will be presented, in this case the No.50. The luxury feeling of this new look is just sublime and I am completely loving it.
First of all the cigar is perfectly rolled, packed with tobacco and with a smooth pre draw. A slight resistance which is to me necessary to enjoy a habanos properly. We have to deserve it, let’s say.
As you can read on my review of the Quai d’Orsay Coronas Claro, I enjoyed the new blend and was very pleased with this new life. I, therefore, have some high expectation for this trendy size that could launch the brand very high.
The first third wasn’t as great as the “younger brother”, some residue of ammoniac and a slight bitterness were hiding the flavours. The strength was very light and the draw extremely pleasant as expected. A hint of creaminess and crema (the small foam on top of an espresso) could be noticed, but nothing to incredible.
The second third started to be closer to what I expected, a light strength cigar with a high density of smoke, low acidity and slight creaminess remaining on the palate. The cigar isn’t evolving a lot but the bitterness starts to melt down allowing the blend to express itself better. A slight sweetness stays on the back of the palate which leaves you with a great feeling. However, the finish is very short and the flavours tend to disappear very quickly.
The last third stays on the same strength, flavours and aromas. The richness and thickness of the smoke is enjoyable and I can just imagine the blend to fully reveal itself in the future with high creaminess and sweetness.
Overall Rating :
I was so excited to smoke the Quai d’Orsay No.50 as I enjoyed the Coronas Claro. We all know the cigars realese at the festival are often (most of the time) too fresh. However, few of them didn’t express a slight hope for the future and were just bad cigars to me. The No.50 isnt one of them. Clearly you can feel the softness and balance the cigar already has. The flavours and aromas aren’t expressing fully but their presence is very promising. Not to forget the super sexy new band!