Get­ting So­cial


Virtuozity - - Event -

VIR­TUOZ­ITY’S CLUB LIM­I­TADA re­cently de­scended upon the So­cial Room at the In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Dubai Ma­rina, home of some of the city’s trendi­est lo­cales. On the menu for the evening was a cou­ple of fab­u­lous Cuban cigars, and a se­lec­tion of Port­themed drinks with which to pair them. And, be­fit­ting the name Ma­rina So­cial, the venue pro­vided am­ple op­por­tu­nity for a so­cial evening of great con­ver­sa­tion.

Mood light­ing, modern fur­nish­ings and top-of-the-line DJS have made this bar into a Dubai hot spot. The bar is ac­tu­ally at­tached to Ma­rina So­cial, headed up by Bri­tish celebrity chef Ja­son Ather­ton. But while Ather­ton’s restau­rant may be mix­ing up the world of Mediter­ranean cui­sine, the So­cial Room next door has mixol­o­gists cook­ing up their own storm of in­ter­est­ing cock­tails. The bar also has one of Dubai’s largest whisky col­lec­tions. thick beauty that has been a sta­ple of the Bo­li­var range for decades. The shape is ac­tu­ally a Cama­panas, though it’s of­ten mis­taken for a Pi­ramides, but there’s no doubt­ing the in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic looks of the cigar. Like­wise, the Fino smokes in its own spe­cial way, too. As is the case with many other Bo­li­vars, it’s very much on the full­bod­ied side of the spec­trum, with some re­port­ing that their over­bear­ing mem­ory of the smoke is sim­ply a per­cep­tion of strength. Taken lightly, though, the Fino of­fers plenty of ex­tremely smooth smoke con­tain­ing a stun­ning, full-bod­ied flavour. As a re­sult, the heavy notes of cream, honey, leather and nuts sim­ply melt in the mouth, leav­ing an im­pres­sion for hours af­ter the nub has been ex­tin­guished.

The sec­ond stick of the evening was the Saint Luis Rey Coronas, which was ac­tu­ally dis­con­tin­ued in 2010. Nev­er­the­less, there are still plenty knock­ing about, and what’s more, they’ve all aged ex­tremely nicely by this point. A com­plex smoke, the age­ing process re­veals the po­ten­tial that many

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