Top o' the mornin' to ya, and Happy early St. Patty's Day! While St. Patty's Day celebrations may look a little different this year, there's still no reason not to keep the fun traditions alive. And what better way to celebrate Irish traditions with some good ol' gas station cigars?
Not sure which cigars to pair with this fine Irish holiday? Well hang onto your shillelagh's and get ready for the shenanigans to start - we got some perfect one's in mind!
St Patrick's Day Parade
You might be thinking, "Aren't a lot of the St. Patty's Day parades canceled this year?" Maybe in person; however, some cities are keeping the spirit alive with virtual parades. You might as well make the best of it and keep the tradition going!
Typically, St. Patty's Day parades are bustling with Irish music, boisterous personalities, unique floats, energetic dances, and lots and LOTS of green. The atmosphere is entertaining with something for all ages.
So, which cigar is best suited for a boisterous Irish party on the move? To keep in the spirit of the holiday - we suggest Dutch Masters Irish Fusion. There's not another Irish mass market cigar on the market that comes close to Dutch Masters' version. Cuban seed tobacco combined with sweet Irish Cream - they're great anytime - but especially to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Eating Corned Beef and Cabbage or Shepard's Pie
Shepherd's pie and corned beef and cabbage have to be two of the most iconic dishes associated with St. Patrick's Day. Shepherd's pie is a hefty, heartwarming meal with creamy mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, and rich ground beef/lamb. Corned beef and cabbage bring the best of both worlds with their salty and acidic yet satisfying flavors.
If Shepherd's pie is more your speed, a Backwoods Dark Stout complements its versatile comfort food flavors perfectly! Black and Mild's Wood Tip Wine will pair well with the corned beef and cabbage flavor palette to make the perfect ending to a hearty, traditional meal!
Enjoy a Guinness, Green Beer, or Other Famous Irish Ale
Nothing says St. Patty's Day like a pint of Guinness! Its dark, creamy, heavy, almost loaf of bread-like taste is always a crowd-pleaser. Some people enjoy a delicious Irish red ale, like a Killians, or a dyed green beer, at the bars and pubs on St. Patty's Day.
There are many strong beer candidates to ring in the holiday, but each has unique respective cigar pairings. 4 Kings Cranberry Apple with Guinness is an amazing pair! The tart cran-apple taste with the bitter dark stout doesn't really get any better in a pairing. Black and Mild's Apple with a Killian's Irish red ale is also a perfect combination!
As far as the green beer is concerned, any cigar will likely do - cause everyone knows - 9 times out of 10, green beer is usually a drunk, horrible idea!!
Looking for Four-Leaf Clovers
Even if you aren't Irish, you're probably familiar with the fact that four-leaf clovers are associated with good luck. Depending on where you live - finding a patch of clover is one thing - finding a four leaf one is another!
I can remember when I was young and playing in fields of clover - and how long the afternoons seemed to be.
If you have your heart set on looking through fields for four-leaf clovers - choose a slow burner - something smooth and refreshing like Pom Pom's Slow Glow to last while you search for your good luck charm!
Bust Out the Green Swag
Why green on this Irish holiday? Not only is green associated with spring and the Irish flag, but, you will get pinched if you don't wear it!
Part of wearing green gear involves wearing some of the craziest St. Patty's Day merchandise you can get your hands on. It can be anything from a t-shirt that says, "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" to dressing up your cat as a leprechaun.
Any type of apparel that reflects the green and fun aspects of St. Patty's Day fits the bill! While you're showing off your cool green swag, try a Backwoods Honey Bourbon cigar to complete the ensemble. The true bourbon taste combined with honey - along with the frayed, unfinished look will compliment the green swag perfectly!!
However you choose to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day - wear the green proudly!
And as always - please smoke (and drink green beer!) responsibly!
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