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Brand Notes

Status
Quai d’Orsay is a current brand that was established in 1973 and commercially available from 1974. It was created at the request of then French Economy and Finance minister (and later President) Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. The brand was designed to have a light flavour to pair with French products like champagne and foie gras. Both the French Foreign Ministry and the headquarters of the state tobacco monopoly are located on the Quai d’Orsay in Paris: there are conflicting accounts as to which one gave the brand its name.

Generally
For most of its existence, the brand was the quintessential example of a “local” marque, focused almost entirely on the French market. This changed somewhat in 2005, when production volumes and worldwide availability were increased.

In 2017 the brand underwent a refresh, with new band and box designs, and new cigars added to the line. It is classified in Habanos S.A.’s “Other” category of portfolio brands.

The Quai d’Orsay range comprises light strength cigars using tobacco from the premium Vuelta Abajo region.
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Standard Production Packaging
Typical Quai d'Orsay packaging Coronas
SBN25 - c2000/10
Typical Quai d'Orsay packaging Coronas
SBN25 - mid 1970s
Typical Quai d'Orsay packaging Grand Coronas
SBN25 - c2000/10
Typical Quai d'Orsay packaging Imperiales
SBN25 - c2000/10
Current Production Cigars
Coronas Claro
Ring gaugerg42 x LengthC45142mm (5⅝″)
3.455
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A (until c2017).
Special Quai d'Orsay Coronas Claro band (post c-2017).
Packaging:
Semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 1974 release. 1974-01-01Current.
History:
The name on the box is "Coronas", and until 1995 had "Claro" stamped on the base.
Brown Quai d'Orsay Coronas Claro Cuban cigar.
No. 50
Ring gaugerg50 x LengthC45110mm (4⅜″)
4.1159
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Special Quai d'Orsay No. 50 band.
Packaging:
Semi boîte nature box of 10 cigars.
Semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 2017 release. 2017-01-01Current. Released December 2017.
Brown Quai d'Orsay No. 50 Cuban cigar.
No. 54
Ring gaugerg54 x LengthC45135mm (5⅜″)
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Special Quai d'Orsay No. 54 band.
Packaging:
Semi boîte nature box of 10 cigars.
Semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 2017 release. 2017-01-01Current. Released December 2017.
Brown Quai d'Orsay No. 54 Cuban cigar.
Discontinued Production Cigars
Imperiales
Ring gaugerg47 x LengthC45178mm (7″)
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A.
Packaging:
Semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 1974 release. 1974-01-01Discontinued 2015.
Brown Quai d'Orsay Imperiales Cuban cigar.
Panetelas
Ring gaugerg33 x LengthC45178mm (7″)
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A.
Packaging:
Semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 1974 release. 1974-01-01Discontinued 2010.
Brown Quai d'Orsay Panetelas Cuban cigar.
Gran Corona
Ring gaugerg42 x LengthC45155mm (6⅛″)
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A.
Packaging:
Semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 1974 release. 1974-01-01Discontinued mid to late-2006.
History:
On name on the box is "Grand Coronas".
Brown Quai d'Orsay Gran Corona Cuban cigar.
Coronas Claro Claro
Ring gaugerg42 x LengthC45142mm (5⅝″)
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A.
Packaging:
Semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 1974 release. 1974-01-01Discontinued 1995. Minimal production from late 1980s.
History:
The name on the box is "Coronas", and has "Clarisimo" stamped on the box base.
Brown Quai d'Orsay Coronas Claro Claro Cuban cigar.
Special Releases
Superiores
RingGaugerg50 x LengthC45124mm (4⅞″)
Quai d'Orsay Superiores Superiores - a new special release size
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A, with Regional Edition band for Asia Pacific (Asia Pacifico).
Packaging:
Numbered semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars (2,400 produced).
Status:
A 2011 release. 2011-01-01
Brown Edición Regional Asia Pacifico release of Cuban cigars.
Robusto Embajador
RingGaugerg52 x LengthC45115mm (4½″)
Quai d'Orsay Robusto Embajador Robusto Embajador - a new special release size
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A, with Regional Edition band for France (Francia).
Packaging:
Numbered semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars (1,000 produced).
Status:
A 2011 release. 2011-01-01
Brown Edición Regional Francia release of Cuban cigars.
Belicoso Royal
RingGaugerg52 x LengthC45125mm (4⅞″)
Quai d'Orsay Belicoso Royal Petit Belicosos, a new special release size.
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A, with Regional Edition band for France (Francia).
Packaging:
Numbered semi boîte nature box of 25 cigars (2,000 produced).
Status:
A 2013 release. 2013-01-01
History:
Released January 2014.
Brown Edición Regional Francia release of Cuban cigars.
Robusto Diplomatico
RingGaugerg48 x LengthC45127mm (5″)
Quai d'Orsay Robusto Diplomatico Hermosos No. 4, a new special release size.
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band A, with Regional Edition band for France (Francia).
Packaging:
Numbered semi boîte nature box of 10 cigars (7,000 produced).
Status:
A 2015 release. 2015-01-01
History:
Released late-2015.
Brown Edición Regional Francia release of Cuban cigars.
Secreto Cubano
RingGaugerg40 x LengthC45110mm (4⅜″)
Quai d'Orsay Secreto Cubano Secretos - a new special release size.
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band B, with Region Edition band for France (Francia).
Packaging:
Numbered semi boîte nature box of 10 cigars (10,000 produced).
Status:
A 2016 release. 2016-01-01Released May 2017.
Brown Edición Regional Francia release of Cuban cigars.
Capitolio
RingGaugerg54 x LengthC45164mm (6½″)
Quai d'Orsay Capitolio Sublimes - a new special release size.
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band B, with Regional Edition band for France (Francia).
Packaging:
Numbered semi boîte nature box of 10 cigars (15,000 produced).
Status:
A 2018 release. 2018-01-01Released early-2019.
History:
Released by SEITA, one of two distributors for France.
Brown Edición Regional Francia release of Cuban cigars.
Baalbeck
RingGaugerg54 x LengthC45140mm (5½″)
Quai d'Orsay Baalbeck Duke - a new special release size.
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band B, with Regional Edition band for Lebanon (Líbano) second band.
Packaging:
Numbered slide lid box of 50 cigars (1,200 produced).
Status:
A 2018 release. 2018-01-01Not yet available.
Brown Edición Regional Líbano release of Cuban cigars.
Senadores
RingGaugerg48 x LengthC45157mm (6⅛″)
Quai d'Orsay Senadores Hermosos No.2 - a new special release size.
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band B, with Edición Limitada 2019 band.
Packaging:
Luxury box of 25 cigars.
Status:
A 2019 release. 2019-01-01
History:
Released early 2020.
Brown Edición Limitada release of Cuban cigars.
Sélection Royale
RingGaugerg50 x LengthC45184mm (7¼″)
Quai d'Orsay  Sélection Royale Nro.109 - a new special release size.
Construction:
Handmade.
Bands:
Standard band B, with Regional Edition band for Switzerland (Suiza).
Packaging:
Numbered slide lid box of 50 cigars (1,600 produced).
Status:
A 2020 release. 2020-01-01Not yet available.
History:
Celebrates the 25th anniversary of the founding of Interbak AG, the Swiss distributor of Habanos.
Brown Edición Regional Suiza release of Cuban cigars.

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