Virtuozity invites 30 connoisseurs to sample two special cigars, and drink in the sights and sounds of two top-of-the-line Mclaren supercars
At the beginning of November, Virtuozity partnered with Mclaren Automotive to bring a sensational night of high-octane exhilaration to car lovers with a taste for the finer things in life. Thirty cigar and car enthusiasts were invited to the Sea View Garden at the Fairmont The Palm Resort, to enjoy a couple of well-judged cigars, in the presence of two heroic cars from the carmaker—the Mclaren 650S, and the Mclaren 12C.
The Mclaren 12C is well-known among car lovers by this point. Built on the concept that was first introduced by the MP4-12C, the 12C is now a staple in the Mclaren lineup of supercars. However, since the original was launched a few years ago, the 12C has become faster, harder and more luxurious, making it one of the most exhilarating drives that any car manufacturer can offer.
The Mclaren 650S, meanwhile, was launched in 2014, and while it may look like a 12C with a little extra styling, around 25% of its parts are new. The carbon tub—a concept introduced with the MP4-12C—ON the 650S is lighter, and the styling pays tribute to the mighty Mclaren P1 hybrid. And while the 650S has a version of the 12C’s 3.8-litre, twin-turbo V8 in it, the engine in this car produces 641 hp, meaning it can go from 0-100 km/h in less than three seconds.
To stand up in the company of such stunning machinery, the cigars that Virtuozity chose for guests had to be pretty special— and they were. Both of the sticks were from Padron, a non-cuban brand that is fast
gaining in popularity in the Middle East. The night started off with a stick from the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series, which we have detailed on the previous pages. For the second cigar, guests were presented with a Padron P3000, part of the Padrón Series, the line that started it all for the brand.
Founded in 1964 and continuously evolving with the brand, the Padrón Series consists of 15 medium- to full-bodied, long-filler cigars, ranging from the four-and-a-quarterinch Corticos to the nine-inch Magnum. The line’s cigars are aged for a minimum of twoand-a-half years, and are available in natural or maduro wrappers. As is the case with the rest of Padrón’s offerings, the line is handcrafted using only sun-grown tobacco.
Other highlights in the line include the Churchill, six-and-seven-eighths of an inch in length with a ring gauge of 46, the 7000, six-and-a-quarter inches long with a ring gauge of 60, and the 6000, a pyramid-type cigar with a 52 ring gauge and a length of five-and-a-half inches.