A group of about 150 people will be the first to smoke the new Quai d’Orsay Senadores Edición Limitada 2019 when the cigar makes its worldwide debut this Thur., Sept. 12 in Paris at an event hosted by Coprova S.A.S. and Seita Cigares, the distributors of Habanos S.A. products in France.

The cigar measures 6 3/16 inches (157mm) long with a 48 ring gauge, a grand corona vitola known as the Hermosos No.2 that debuted in 2004 by way of the Romeo y Julieta Hermosos No.2 Edición Limitada from 2004. It has also been used for the Juan Lopez Maximos, a 2008 Edición Regional for Switzerland, and again in 2011 with the Bolívar Emperador, an Edición Regional for Russia.

The Senadores will be offered in 25-count boxes, though pricing has not yet been announced, and as with all Habanos S.A. products, will vary widely depending on the local market. It is also not known when the cigar will arrive at retail. It is the first time that the Quai d’Orsay marca has been used for an Edición Limitada release.

The cigar’s release comes as the brand celebrates its 45th anniversary and amidst a push to expand the Quai d’Orsay name around the world. After trimming the portfolio to one size in Feb. 2015, Habanos S.A. grew it to three sizes in 2017 while also updating the bands and packaging.

This year’s Edición Limitada class also includes the Montecristo Supremos, which measures 5 1/8 inches long (130mm) x 55, and the Ramón Allones Allones No. 2, with a length of 5 1/2 inches (140mm) and a 52 ring gauge.

Habanos S.A.’s Edición Limitada Series debuted started in 2000, Each year—since 2005—Habanos S.A. creates three different cigars, all non-production sizes of existing brands. In addition, all the tobacco used for Edición Limitadas is said to be aged for at least two years.

Images courtesy of Habanos S.A.

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