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The Quai D'Orsay cigar brand was created in 1973 mainly to appeal to the growing French market. The French market was more open to the milder taste with a lighter wrapper hence why the Quai D'Orsay introduced there Corona cigars with a lighter shaded Claro Claro wrapper. As this fashion died out in the late 1980's so did the Corona Claro Claro, it was replaced by the Corona Claro; a 5 5/8" cigar with a 42 ring gauge (143 x 16.67 mm). All Quai D'Orsay sizes are hand rolled in Cuba with a light tasting blend of leaves from the Vuelta Abajo region.
There are a few different stories speculating the route of the name, Quai D'Orsay. One is that the Cuban cigar name is taken from the famous Paris avenue of the same name, another is that the cigar name is a reference to the French Foreign Ministry that is located on this avenue. The last story is that the name is referring to the headquarters of SEITA (La Societe Nationale d'Exploitation Industriel de Tabac et Allumettes) which is also on the same avenue.
The Quai D'Orsay cigars are more suited to the European market, this is why it has been recently introduced to the UK market, for example the Quai D'Orsay Imperials are a light, sweet smoke not usually associated with Churchill's. Quai d'Orsay Cuban cigars have dry, aromatic, woody flavours, the Corona's have a nice mild flavour, generally very consistent and although mild, they have loads of flavour. A good brand for a beginner due to the lack of harshness and light nature.
Buy your cigars from C.Gars Ltd and you can be assured you are receiving the finest grade of tobacco as your cigars will be personally checked and packed by one of our Hunters & Frankau trained sales team. We check top and bottom layers of cigars for wrapper colour, cigar condition and of course any signs of infestation. Rest assured when you buy Havana cigars from C.Gars Ltd... you are buying the finest quality cigars available anywhere in the world!