Saint Patrick’s Day: Illusione ~888~ Candela

If you have been watching my reviews from the beginning, you know that St. Patrick’s day is a special day for me, being of Irish descent.  Every year I try to review a special cigar on this day and this year, Dion Giolito of Illusione Cigars gave me a cigar that made it easy for me.  At the 2010 IPCPR, Dion released the 888, 88 and HL with a special capa candela wrapper.  He gave me a sample at the show and I knew right away that was my St. Patrick’s day cigar.  What better a cigar for St. Patrick’s day than a green cigar?  The 888 Candela is the same blend at the standard 888, but just with a special capa candela wrapper.  Dion has been developing this wrapper for over a year and a half.  Several of my cigar blogger and smoking friends speak highly of the cigar, so I was excited to finally smoke it.  So, was this cigar a Cú Chulainn or an Oliver Cromwell?  Watch the video and find out.

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Let me be the first to say Happy St Patty’s day Ben! I have to admit, at first I had a tough time watching your reviews because I thought you went on too long. Now I realize that you just love cigars. The way you can always pinpoint some obscure flavor in the cigar is like no other. I always fire one up when I watch your reviews now and that’ s what its all about. Smoke on my fellow BOTL! Cead mil falte! That’s the only Irish saying I know. Peace

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