Quai d’ORSAY Corona Claro
42 x 142
Visual & Wrapper: Tidy and nice suede-like wrapper of a warm tone.
Cold nose: Subtle aromas underneath the thin skin.
In Smoking: One of my favorites. This cigar 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 that I can taste is the one of flower pollen, then the tones of some noble flower – not asphyxiatingly floral but elegant and reserved, as could smell for instance, gladiolus, also there is the tone of dry champagne and lightly burnt logs there. This cigar’s bouquet shows some similarity with Trinidad Reyes (though the profile of Quai d’Orsay is drier and does not contain the famous Trinidad’s honey), 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.
This brand does not have many regular-line vitolas anymore, the majority 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 delicious yet reserved flavour of that previously mentioned flower with reserved aroma. 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 third adds subtle tone of the “noble rot” of cigars. Then, I’m sure, for a second, I could even taste something like oyster flavour (which would never cross your mind when trying to describe classic cigar flavours). 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 adds to the bouquet mossy tones, plus almonds and roasted pine nuts.
Good all around cigar, elegant yet tasteful, mainly reliable, not heavy, great for any time of the day, but mostly for a special breakfast (preferably with Champagne), lunch or a not too heavy dinner: fish, lamb, turkey, or another not overly spicy dish.
Victoria Radugina © May 2017