If you’re not familiar with the Quai d’Orsay brand, it first appeared in 1973 when Valéry Giscard d’Estaing,
the country’s future president and then-minister of finances, Quai D’Orsay Cigar Secreto Cubano
wrote to the government’s tobacco monopoly to inquire as to why there wasn’t a French cigar.
This cigar was given the name Quai d’Orsay after the Seine dock where the tobacco company was situated.
It is still the only brand produced entirely in Cuba at another nation’s request.
In comparison to many of the cigars, I have been smoking lately,
the Secreto Cubano is incredibly small—almost the size of a half lancero.
Although the roll is sturdy and presents itself nicely, even the best one couldn’t smooth out the imperfections that the top leaf appears to have. The well-tanned wrapper is also unexpectedly veiny.
The foot is extremely unremarkable, delivering just a faint hint of boxwood and a pretty generic dry tobacco note. Although there is no fruit basket to be found here, the cold draw is a little bit tighter and a little sweeter, with a slight banana flavor being the most noticeable.
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