Quai d’ORSAY Corona Claro tasting
Size: 42 X 142
- Capa: Cuba
- Capote: Cuba
- Tripa: Cuba
- Origin: Cuba
Visual & Wrapper
Tidy and nice suede-like wrapper of a warm tone.
The aromas underneath the thin skin are very subtle, slightly sweet.
I am glad to smoke again one of my favourite, among the light, cigars. The cigar Quai d’Orsay Corona Claro starts immediately, there are no half-pronounced “waking up” notes here. The flavours are straight and ripe. The smoke is wonderfully warm and moderately spicy, immediately. The first short note from those I can taste is the one of flower pollen, then of some noble flower, it is not asphyxiating floral but elegant and reserved, as could smell for instance, gladiolus. Also there is the tone of dry champagne and of lightly burnt logs. The bouquet shows some fine similarity with Trinidad Reyes. However, the profile of Quai d’Orsay does not contain the Trinidad’s honey subtone. But the basic difference is that it does not have that occasional insidious strength of the mentioned Trinidad vitola, which may catch you with unexpected heaviness.
The brand Quai d’Orsay
The majority of the vitolas in this marka are special releases, so the more we appreciate little gems like this when we find them.
My elegant corona remains warm and comfortable. The main notes are: lightly burnt logs and that delicious yet reserved flavour of the previously mentioned flower. The capa of this vitola has a pleasant shade of suede perfectly combined with the color of its band, and yet the tone of fine suede also presence in the flavour combination.
The 2nd part of the cigar
adds a subtle tone of the “noble rot”. Then, I’m sure, for a second, I could even taste something like oyster flavour, which would never cross your mind when you are trying to describe classic cigar flavors. Well, this little vitola is a little plate of delicatessen. It is both delicate and yet even “edible”. Tasteful and savory but still elegant, like a lunch in an old-fashioned classic Berlin cafe.
The end of both the 2nd and the final third add to the bouquet mossy tones, plus almonds and roasted pine nuts.
Good all round cigar. Elegant, delicate yet full of taste, not heavy. These cigars are mainly reliable in the matter of draw and flavour. Quai d’Orsay Corona Claro is a good cigar for any time of the day.
Pairing and combining
The cigar is, indeed, suitable for any time, but I would recommend it as an accompaniment to a special breakfast or brunch, preferably with Champagne. It will also suit well after lunch or dinner, but they should be not too heavy: it may be fish, lamb, turkey, or vegetarian dish. The lunch or dinner should be not overly spicy.
Tasting review Quai d’Orsay Coronas Claro – Victoria Radugina
Victoria Radugina © May 2017
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