Virtuozity heads to Cooz Bar for an intimate tasting event
Vegas Robaina Unicos
Famous as a cigar that ages well, the Vegas Robaina Unicos is a classic cigar which lends itself well to drinks pairings. With a ring gauge of 52 and a length of 156 mm, it provides ample smoking time, leaving you free to consider the flavours of what you’re sipping and smoking. What’s more, construction is good, with a reasonably even burn and a draw that delivers great plumes of tasty smoke.
In terms of the flavour profile, it’s a medium-to-full-bodied affair. That said, the first third is notably spicy, pushing the wood and cedar notes into the background. These flavours come to the fore in the second third, and there’s also something slightly sweet about the smoke that comes out. By the final third, you’ve got a well-balanced mix of cedar, sweetness and spiciness. Cooz Bar is currently one of Dubai’s best-kept secrets. A little jazz bar nestled within the corridors of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, it’s warm, charming and comfy, as you’d expect any smoking lounge to me. But it’s also quirky, with splashes of clever lighting and bright colours giving it more of a modern feel than you’d expect from a classic jazz lounge. The result is a light and airy vibe that, at the same time, feels cozy and welcoming. As a result, it’s the perfect place to hold a small tasting event
For this event, held just before the summer really kicked in, we decided to go for a slightly off-the-beaten-track pair of cigars—after all, the bar itself is a well-kept secret, so why shouldn’t the cigars be,
too? We went with the venerable Vegas Robaina Unicos, which, while admittedly a classic, we feel is underrated and all-toooften forgotten about when you discuss reliable sticks.
The second really was something of a wildcard—the Buena Vista Reserva 2008. Buena Vista as a company is really interesting, worthy of its own feature article, but we’ll stick with the cliffnotes here. The company specialises in creating a Cuban flavour profile using non-cuban tobacco (the seeds are Cuban but they’re grown in other countries). This has led to some great premium cigars, but the only problem is, the company itself has seen plenty of financial trouble.
This is where the 2008 Reserva came in. It was actually produced in 2009, but due to the company’s financial issues, hardly any were sold. The business floundered, and the 200,000-or-so 2008s that the company had produced sat in a warehouse—up until 2013, when MGM Cigars bought the