Popular Post JohnS Posted October 28, 2021 Author Popular Post Share Posted October 28, 2021 Quai d'Orsay Panetelas circa 2010 Created in 1973 for the French market and the French state tobacco monopoly SEITA (Société Nationale d'Exploitation Industrielle de Tabac et Allumettes) in Cuba, the Quai d'Orsay brand was intended to be a French luxury cigar deliberately milder and more refined than the standard Habanos cigar. Two theories abound as to evolution of the name of the brand, one theory is that it comes from the nickname of the French Foreign Ministry or perhaps more likely the SEITA headquarters which are both located on the same named street on the Seine riverside in Paris. The most famous vitola over the years in this brand remains the Corona Claro. I must admit that I have been wanting to smoke this cigar for a long, long time. The reason? The Quai d'Orsay Panatelas was the last of its kind; a 33 ring gauge x 178mm in length (or 7 inches) long-and-skinny Ninfas discontinued in 2010, eight years after the Punch Ninfas preceding it. I am grateful to @jay8354 for gifting me this cigar to sample today. Upon lighting it, the cigar settled in its first third quickly with a bit of cedar and light shortbread quality to its texture. The middle third saw that delicious orange citrus, that Quai d'Orsay used to be known for prior to its re-branding in 2017/18, come to the fore. The final third settled with those aforementioned flavours joined by some forest floor flavours. I was surprised how quickly I smoked it; it must have been only 70 to 80 minutes. Honestly, I wasn't paying too much attention as I was simply enjoying and contemplating how good this cigar was. I guess we all wish we could source some more. Well, there is one method but it will cost you; recent Bond Roberts 25-count Semi boîte nature boxes from the mid-2000s went for $US1300 and some mid-1990s ones went for circa $US1700 in 2021. I wonder how that makes you feel the next time you reach for a Quai d'Orsay Panatelas? (If you indeed have them still in your humidor!) 8 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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