Wel­come

Virtuozity - - Publisher's Note - pub­lisher@vir­tuoz­ity.com Pa­trick Brais Pub­lisher

hello, and wel­come to the au­tumn/win­ter sea­son, which ob­vi­ously in the Mid­dle East means a re­turn to nor­mal­ity af­ter the sum­mer break. It also means the start of event sea­son, and in that re­gard, we've al­ready kicked things into high gear.

Septem­ber saw us take on two ma­jor events. Ha­banos used Dubai as the re­gional launch­pad for its new Mon­te­cristo Me­dia Corona, which is now a per­ma­nent part of the brand's Linea Cla­sica. A tast­ing event was put on at La Casa del Ha­bano in Dubai, so that the city's con­nois­seurs could sam­ple the de­lights of this pocket rocket. We've re­view the ci­gar, and the night, in full on p56.

The other Septem­ber event was the lat­est in our se­ries of Con­nois­seurs' Nights, and it saw us sam­ple an­other new release from Ha­banos. Held at the lat­est Roberto Rella restau­rant in Dubai, Tre, we sam­pled the brand new Parta­gas Maduro No.1, a lim­ited release ex­clu­sive to La Casa del Ha­bano out­lets. You can find out what we thought of the new stick on p44.

It's a good job that we're test­ing th­ese new smokes now, be­cause be­fore long, we'll be sam­pling a raft of new Ha­banos, which will be an­nounced at the next Fes­ti­val del Ha­bano, tak­ing place at the end of Fe­bru­ary. It might seem like a while away, but we're al­ready gear­ing up for it, and our res­i­dent Ha­banos ex­pert Si­mon Chase has used his col­umn this month to muse on what we might ex­pect from the 2016 edi­tion of the event. Head to p50 for the in­side in­for­ma­tion.

In other news, over the past two months, we've sam­pled the de­lights of the Baros Ho­tel in the Mal­dives (p72), in­ves­ti­gated cool city liv­ing in Bos­ton, USA (76), and taken in the mes­meris­ing sights and sounds of Tokyo (p68). We've also road-tested the fab­u­lous new Bent­ley Mul­sanne Speed, as well as the In­finiti Q70, which is a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing than you might think.

Else­where, we've gone big on style this month. We've in­ter­viewed the founder and chief de­signer of the first gen­uine Emi­rati lux­ury fash­ion brand, Feath­ers Fash­ion, and we've spo­ken to the style ex­perts at Mr­porter.com to understand the top style tips for au­tumn and win­ter 2015. So, not only are we sam­pling the lat­est cigars go­ing into the new sea­son, but hope­fully we'll also be look­ing great while do­ing so.

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