The Quai d’Orsay Imperiales will be returning to shelves as duty-free and travel retail release.

A representative from Habanos S.A. confirmed that the cigar would be a 7 (178mm) x 47 Churchill, the same size as the original, but did not have information regarding pricing or a release date.

While Imperiales was one of the original vitolas offered in the Quai d’Orsay marca when the brand debuted in 1974, it was officially discontinued in February 2015.

The new version will be packaged in special 20-count boxes that will double as travel humidors. In addition to the different packaging, the Imperiales themselves will include a foot band to the cigars, something that was not found on the regular production version of the cigars. Last year, Habanos S.A. released another Quai d’Orsay that uses the same dimensions, though that cigar was called Clemenceau and was an Edición Regional release for France.

Habanos S.A.’s Twitter account indicated that there would be an announcement tomorrow, Oct. 4, at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference 2022 in Cannes, France.

Image courtesy of Habanos S.A.

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.