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
The Ramón Allones Allones No.2 is the third time the brand has been selected to make a Limited Edition for Habanos and is a classic Campana size – 5½” (140mm) x 52 ring gauge. They are housed in Special Presentation Boxes (SPB) of ten cigars.
This is the second of the 2019 Limited Editions to arrive, following the Montecristo Supremos, with the Quai d’Orsay Senadores expected to arrive later in the year.
The cigar may look somewhat familiar, if a little darker in wrapper shade, to some UK Havana smokers and that is because this is the same size and brand decided on by Hunters & Frankau in 2005 for our first ever Habanos Regional Edition, the Ramón Allones Belicoso.
Combine this with the fact that John Hunter, Morris & Elkan Ltd, an antecedent of Hunters & Frankau, owned the Ramon Allones brand for sixteen years, from 1911 to 1927, and it is understandable why H&F is so delighted to be hosting this launch in the UK.
Those fortunate enough to have sampled these cigars, in the UK and Havana, tend to agree that although they smoke well now, they have the potential to develop and mature for many years to come.
The dark wrapper of these Limited Editions adds a satisfying dimension of sweetness as a top taste and the extra age (minimum two years) has smoothed off some of the edges to the blend, leaving a cigar of rare power and balance
Flavour: Medium Vitola: Campana Ring Gauge: 52 Length: 5 1/2 Inches / 140 mm Production Method: Totally handmade using long filler with all leaves sourced from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba
Hoyo de Monterrey Grand Epicure Limited Edition 2013
Hoyo de Monterrey Grand Epicure Limited Edition 2013
Sharing its size with the instantly popular Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill, it came as no surprise that the Grand Epicure quickly acquired a large and committed set of admirers. A charming cigar presented in SLB boxes of ten and dressed in a special band with “Grand Epicure” printed under the main logo.
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
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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