Quai d’Orsay was created in the 1970s for the French market. The name comes from the avenue in Paris where the headquarters of SEITA was located, the former state-owned French tobacco giant.
In 2017 the brand received a total make-over which included the introduction of two new sizes (No.50 & No.54) and stylish new packaging with re-designed eye-catching cigar bands. Perhaps partly as a reflection of how well the modernisation was accepted, the brand was selected for the very first time to be part of the Habanos Limited Edition family and in 2019 the Quai D’Orsay Senadores was showcased to a global cigar audience, although arriving for sale a year later in 2020.
The Senadores are a classic Hermoso No.2 size measuring 6 1/8” (157mm) x 48 ring gauge and are presented in Special Presentation Boxes (SPB’s) of 25 cigars. They join the Montecristo Supremos and Ramon Allones Allones No.2 to complete the 2019 Habanos Limited Edition range.
About the Brand:
This brand owes its origin to the refined taste of the French market. Created in the 1970’s, the name is taken from a well-known street in Paris beside the River Seine.
Although the current range is small, all Quai d’Orsay sizes are made with a distinctive light tasting blend of filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone and its wrappers are mainly distinguished by their Claro (light brown) and Colorado Claro (mid brown) colours.
All sizes are ‘tripa larga, totalmente a mano’ – long filler, totally handmade.
Habanos Limited Editions are highly appreciated and anticipated by cigar enthusiasts every year, and even more so when this is a new vitolafrom one of the world’s benchmark Habano brands.
The Montecristo Supremos is the first of the much anticipated 2019 Habanos Limited Edition to be released in the UK. It is presented in a bespoke, Montecristo yellow box of 25 cigars and shares it’s dimensions with the ever-popular Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill, measuring 5 ¼” (130mm) and with a ring gauge of 55.
This is the 10th time that Montecristo, the world’s best selling Havana brand, has been called upon to produce a prestigious Limited Edition and no other brand has produced more.
Within the Limited Edition series, which began in 2000 and can now boast of having over 60 releases, there are just three cigars with a larger diameter than the Montecristo Supremos.
This medium to full bodied cigar provides an hour or so of the classic ‘tangy’ Montecristo taste, with the dark wrapper providing a slightly sweet top taste to the blend and the extra ageing of all the leaves ensuring a rounded, smooth smoke.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 5 1/4 Inches
Montecristo Sublimes 2008 Edicion Limitada are now available. Following the Cohiba Sublimes in 2004, Montecristo came with the same popular vitola. The smoke is exceptionally smooth for this aged Limited Edition. Rare cigar to get to and highly sought after among Cigar Aficionados.
VITOLA: Sublime RING GAUGE: 54 LENGTH: 6 1/4 inches - 164 mm FLAVOUR: Medium to Full
Montecristo Gran Piramides Book Limited Edition 2017
The first and so far only time that Cuaba has been selected to produce a Limited Edition and, in a move that surprised many, the first time a Cuaba was produced that was not in the double figurado shape. A collectors idem for sure.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Piramide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 156mm
The classic Pirámides shape delivers rich, full bodied Partagas flavour, a popular combination upon its release. The vitola was later revived in 2005 with the introduction of the Serie P No.2 to the classic range of the brand.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Piramide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 156mm
It is very unusual for a Partagas within the ‘Serie D’ range to have anything other than a 50 ring gauge. The original Serie D No.3, from the 1930’s, would have been 5 ½” x 50. However, whatever the name, the second Limited Edition release from Partagas was a feisty, full flavoured and intense smoke.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Corona Gorda RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 5 5/8 Inches / 143mm
An exceptionally well-balanced and rewarding cigar that delivers the medium to full bodied flavour associated with the Linea Classica, but is framed with a sweet top-taste from the aged wrapper. A delicious hour and a quarter of smoking pleasure.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Prominente RING GAUGE: 49 LENGTH: 7 5/8 Inches / 194mm
Such a stir was created by this cigar that plans were quickly put in place to introduce it to the standard H. Upmann range. Just three years after its original introduction the Magnum 50 joined the Magnum 46 in the standard portfolio. The heavy girth adds a rich texture to the classic H. Upmann taste.
FLAVOUR: Light to Medium VITOLA: Magnum 50 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 6 1/4 Inches / 161mm
This is a remaking of one of the original Limited Editions from 2000. Full of ‘tangy’ Montecristo flavour in what has become the World’s most popular Havana cigar size. In 2009 the Montecristo Robusto was revisited once again when the lighter styled Montecristo Open Master was introduced to the standard portfolio.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Robusto RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 4 7/8 Inches / 124mm
The Especial packed a serious punch when it was first launched in the UK with many early smokers noting a potential for long term ageing. The power will have somewhat rounded and mellowed over the years but there is still plenty of rich aromas left in the blend. It will continue to develop for many years to come
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Gordito RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 141mm
Reminiscent of the 2010 Partagas Serie D Especial this was a very full-flavoured cigar when first released. It has had the benefit of a few years maturation and has settled down somewhat. However, it remains a robust, spicy and earthy smoke.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: C No.3 RING GAUGE: 48 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 140mm
This was an entirely new size within the Habanos portfolio and was created to commemorate the 520th anniversary of the arrival of the Habano in Europe following Christopher Columbus’s discovery of Cuba in 1492. Montecristo was a fitting brand to choose given that it was and still is the best selling premium cigar brand today.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Maravillas No.3 RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 155mm
The wide girth of the Serie D’Oro No. 2, combined with the tapered end of this “Campana” sized cigar creates the ideal foil for the clear and distinguished “woody” Punch taste. This then helps to reveal some of the more robust aspects of the brand that are often overlooked.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Campana RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 5 1/2 Inches / 140mm
An eye-catching, blockbuster of a cigar that has a subtlety and nuance in the blend that belies its shape. A hugely popular cigar from the minute it arrived in the UK and with a 58 ring gauge, remains the widest Limited Edition ever produced.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Magnifico RING GAUGE: 58 LENGTH: 5 Inches / 127mm
Sharing its dimensions with the H. Upmann Magnum 50 the dimensions of the Selección Privada provides ample time to enjoy the full flavours and rich aromas that Havana’s bestselling full flavoured cigar brand has to offer. The cigars are presented in dressed boxes of 10.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Magnum 50 RING GAUGE: 50 LENGTH: 6 ¼ Inches / 161mm
Only one Limited edition has ever had a wider ring gauge than this impressive vitola. Its balanced and elegant light to medium bodied blend ensures there is no chance of being weighed down during the hour or so it will take to enjoy. Hard to find but worth the time to look for.
FLAVOUR: Light to Medium VITOLA: Magnum 56 RING GAUGE: 56 LENGTH: 5 ⅞ Inches / 150mm
Not strictly a Limited Edition as the tobaccos are not aged in the same way, the cigars are not dressed with maduro wrappers and they are not adorned with the second band. Nonetheless it is a fantastic cigar and a great way to mark the 80th anniversary of the world’s most popular Havana brand. This cigar is already a collector’s item and is, unusually, presented in boxes of 20.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: 80 Aniversario RING GAUGE: 55 LENGTH: 6 ½ Inches / 165mm
A toothsome yet also somewhat rustic cigar that has its bold full flavoured bend expertly tempered by its bitter sweet wrapper. Adorned with a specially created second band bearing the name of the cigar.
FLAVOUR: Full VITOLA: Club Allones RING GAUGE: 47 LENGTH: 5 ⅜ Inches / 135mm
A marked difference in shape from recent Limited Editions from Montecristo and, although it still has a ring gauge of 48, it has a decidedly slender feel to it. Nonetheless, all of the peppery tang associated with the brand very much remain in place.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Hermoso No.1 RING GAUGE: 48 LENGTH: 6 ⅝ Inches / 167mm
Only the second time that Punch has been chosen for a Limited Edition. This relatively short cigar is presented in SLB boxes of 25 and delivers the classic medium-bodied aromas loved by fans of the brand.
FLAVOUR: Medium VITOLA: Hermoso Especial RING GAUGE: 48 LENGTH: 4 ¾ Inches / 120mm
This relatively small Limited Edition cigar is the 5th time H. Upmann brand been selected to be part of this prestigious series, dating back to the launch of the concept in the year 2000. Light to Medium in body and full of elegance and charm, most smokers agree that this is a cigar that will continue to improve over the years.
FLAVOUR: Light to Medium VITOLA: Mareva Gruesa RING GAUGE: 46 LENGTH: 4 3/4 Inches / 120mm
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