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Illusione 888 Claro

17 Mar

Blender: Don Gioliti/ Arsenio Ramos
Maker: Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Candela
Flavors:  Wood, vanila, cocoa, sweet
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / -1 / 2
Rating: 9.2

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re surrounded by clichés: green plastic top hats, novelty green beer mug-shaped glasses, vulgar green T-shirts, shamrock shakes, and the greatest atrocity of them all… green beer. St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious observance commemorating the man who brought Christianity to Ireland, and it has deteriorated into an over-commercialized farce, an excuse to drink excessively, and a chance to make a mockery of Irish culture.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with excessive drinking. In fact I do it all the time. But I do take exception to the bastardization of iconic Irish symbols for the sake of commercialization. And I also take exception to the kinds of stupidity commonly seen around this holiday, and people taking leave of their good senses. Seriously, green beer?

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Illusione 888 Claro (6¾x48)

But I’m not one to swim upstream. Even in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has become a sort of national celebration of the culture of the Emerald Isle. So drink up, and and put on a stupid hat, but instead of ordering a green beer, call for a Guinness or a dram of Jameson, and reach for green cigar. And in this case, the green is no novelty.

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