If it weren't for a somewhat disappointing last third, this QUAI D'ORSAY No.54 would be a great Habano, accessible to any type of smoker and with a rich and interesting blend of flavours. A cigar that feels like it will improve with time, so it might not be a bad idea to get hold of a few and leave them at the back of the humidor for a few months.
311. Quai D’Orsay No.54
Gifted by Habanos Nordic.
Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge.
Quai d’Orsay is a Current post-revolution brand, established in 1973, and commercially available from 1974.
The range comprises light strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba.
Size: 5.3×54, Robusto (Edmundo Grueso).
Wrapper: Light nutty shade, oily and silky-smooth, with tiny veins.
Construction: Firm even feel when lightly squeezed.
Cold draw: Light note of cedarwood.
1st third: Starts with a light note of pine nut, sandalwood and light toasted bread.
2nd third: Keep it’s previous flavours.
Burn: Burns fairly sharp, with a firm and stable white ash.
Smoke: Voluminous white smoke with a cool feeling on the tongue and a light draw.
3rd third: Flavourwise it’s the same but with empthy on the toasted bread.
Duration: 19:45-20:50, 1h 5min.
Conclusion: A mild bodied cigar with a mild strength profile. Perfect morning or early afternoon smoke, should pair well with a blanc de blancs champagne or a cup of hot chocolate.
Result: In my book this is an 90 point cigar.
/Cigar Reviewer André
The Quai Dorsay 54 is without a doubt my favourite cigar. It is the king of breakfast cigars and with it’s totally brioche, croissant, buttery delectable taste I think that if I could only ever smoke one cigar for the rest of my life this would be it. Invented by the former President of France to cater for the ‘so called’ sophisticated French Market this chunky stick should certainly be adopted by the British market which in my view is equally if not even more elegant and discerning. In a way it is our patriotic duty to take up this smoke, if only to show our neighbours that post Brexit, we also define what is smart and fashionable! The cigar is not heavy at all but can be smoked at any time of the day - an ADC. Being from a lesser known house even makes it more glamorous and less obvious and whilst I would never recommend anyone smokes - if you have to, then I suggest you keep this wonderful friend by your side at all times.