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
This classy medium to full Pirámides is everything that a Cohiba Limited Edition should be. Although a re-release of the 2001 original, it is a superb cigar in its own right. The 2006 versions are available in more friendly and portable boxes of ten.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Piramide RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/8 Inches / 156mm
Cohiba’s first Limited Edition for five years. Named after the year the brand was originally established for Cuba’s late President, Fidel Castro, the cigars are presented with a distinctive pig-tail cap, like the original Cohibas and the new BHK Linea. Well worth setting aside an hour and a half of your day to enjoy one of these.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Canonazo Especial RING GAUGE: 52 LENGTH: 6 1/2 Inches / 166mm
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.
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
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
Launched at the Corinthia hotel, London the Talisman was one of the fastest selling Limited Editions since the launch of the concept in 2000. Already spoken about as a classic cigar and one that seems sure to increase in value over time. A powerhouse of rich and complex aromas.
FLAVOUR: Medium to Full VITOLA: Sublimes No.1 RING GAUGE: 54 LENGTH: 6 ⅛ Inches / 154mm
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