Wel­come

Virtuozity - - PUBLISHER'S NOTE -

Well, the swel­ter­ing sum­mer months are al­most at an end, and the events sea­son is al­ready get­ting back into the swing of things. Al­ready, we've hosted two tast­ing ses­sions fol­low­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod, and I'm pleased to report that the re­gion's con­nois­seurs still have an ap­petite for a good cigar amongst good friends.

Our first event was held ear­lier in the sum­mer, at Cooz Bar in the Grand Hy­att, Dubai. Some­thing of a hid­den gem, this jazz lounge pro­vided the per­fect at­mos­phere for a low-key tast­ing ses­sion, which you can read about on p44. Later on in the sum­mer, we took over the Cigar Lounge at The Fair­mont ho­tel on The Palm. This as­ton­ish­ing venue is a favourite among cigar-lovers in the Emi­rates — you can read about why that is in our report on p56.

In our down­time we've also been busy en­joy­ing our­selves. As a thought ex­cer­cise, we de­cided to test out a num­ber of spe­cial edi­tions from Romeo y Julieta. You can read our thoughts on these sticks on p60. And, of course, we've kept our ears to the ground so that we can bring you the lat­est in cigar in­dus­try news.

Away from the world of cigars, it turns out that the sum­mer hasn't left us much time to think. Over the last few months, we've wing-walked on old bi­planes (p22), gone on sa­fari in Namibia (p26), as well as delved deep into the Mid­dle East's plans for space ex­plo­ration. We also report back from one of the most exclusive hotels in Lon­don (p76), and test drive the new Audi S7 (p82).

Fi­nally, I highly rec­om­mend read­ing this is­sue's ar­ti­cle from Si­mon Chase, our res­i­dent cigar ex­pert (p50). Through re­search he's been con­duct­ing, he has traced the his­tory of the alu­minium cigar tube — a story that comes with healthy doses of drama and ex­cite­ment.

While our sum­mer hasn't been quite as dra­matic, it's cer­tainly been a busy and ex­cit­ing one, and now that the weather is cool­ing down, we're look­ing for­ward to fac­ing the new sea­son head-on.

Happy smok­ing, Pa­trick Brais Pub­lisher pub­lisher@vir­tuoz­ity.com

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