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Vir­tuoz­ity in­vites 30 con­nois­seurs to sam­ple two spe­cial cigars, and drink in the sights and sounds of two top-of-the-line Mclaren su­per­cars

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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.

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