The Four Leaf Clover St. Patrick’s Day Candela Review

The Four Leaf Clover St. Patrick’s Day Candela Review


It’s St. Patrick’s Day, what better way to celebrate here at Keeping Your Man Card than with a candela cigar review, right?  We are Keeping Your Man Card, we’ll review four of them!

First up in this awesomeness of a review is the Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan.

Wrapper: Candela

Binder: Sumatra

Filler: Panamanian and Honduran

Size: Toro 6×50

Right off the bat, the name, badass.  Kind of reminds me of something you would hear in an Irish mob movie.  This is a limited run being made by Alec Bradley, they are only producing 44,000 cigars total.  This is also the newest release out of the candelas we will be reviewing.

Looks:  It’s green, it’s got a sweet band and pretty attractive looking oversized foot band that covers the lower half of the cigar.  The band reads Alec Bradley, and Filthy Hooligan.

Strength and Flavor:  Strong, this is a full body cigar with some definite pepper and spiciness to it.  This is the strongest of the candelas that we are reviewing.  This cigar also features an earthiness flavor to it, as well as wood tones and grassy flavorings.

Burn:  Excellent, burned smooth and straight throughout the entire smoke.

Second cigar we busted out our Leprechaun shoes for was the La Flor Dominicana Double Claro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Dominican

Sizes: #50-5×50, #42-5 ½ x 42,  #48-6 7/8 x 48 Size smoked for review #42.

Looks: Yep, you guessed it, it’s green.  The LFD Double Claro also sports the classic LFD banding that read Double Claro on the lower portion of the band.

Strength and Flavor:  I would classify this cigar more in the mild to medium range.  This cigar features a very natural sweetness, that is a great compliment to the cedar and woody notes found in this cigar.  Also present were a rich earthiness and grassy flavoring.

Burn:  Pretty good.  I did require a couple touch ups, but in the cigars defense, I did smoke this right out of the humidor at Uptowns Smoke Shop.

Go ahead and kiss the Blarney stone for the third cigar of our review, The Illusione 88.

Wrapper: Candela

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Robusto 5×52

Looks:  The wrapper on this cigar was a pale green in color.  I will also mention that I have had this cigar in my personal humidor for over a year, so there may have been some color fading over time.  This is a great looking cigar that sports a triple cap and a classic simple Illusione band.

Strength and Flavor:  This is another cigar that falls into the medium strength category.  This cigar featured earthy undertones with lots of grass and hay flavorings.  I also tasted a slight leather flavor that evolved throughout the cigar.

Burn:  Excellent.  Straight through with no touch ups needed.

Pull out your St. Paddy’s day kilts for the final stick in our Four Leaf Clover Candela blowout!  The Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8.

Wrapper: Connecticut Candela

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Size: 6×47

Looks:  Classic Fuente, and oh yeah, it’s green.  The band is a classic.

Strength and Flavor:  The Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8 Candela is a medium bodied cigar that has some wonderful grassy flavors.  There is also and earthiness to it, as well as a slight pepper flavor.

Burn:  Easy like Sunday morning.  Straight and even requiring no touch ups.


Final Thoughts:  The Candela wrapper intrigues me.  These are cigars that I really enjoy smoking while sitting outside on a nice day.  All of the cigars we smoked for this had similar flavorings of earthiness and grass.

One of the downfalls of these cigars is that for the most part, this is a relatively thin wrapper leaf, and does have the ability to split easily.  Out of this group, the wrapper that held up the best was the LFD Double Claro.

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