The latest release in United Cigars’ Firecracker Series is on its way to stores today to make sure they are available in plenty of time for the 4th of July holiday.

The cigar is the JFR Lunatic Loco Firecracker, a 3 1/2 x 50 petit robusto vitola that adds a long twist of tobacco coming from the head that is designed to replicate the fuse found on a firecracker. It has an all-Nicaraguan blend with a shade-grown corojo maduro wrapper, while the binder and filler come from AGANORSA’s farms in Jalapa and Estelí and feature corojo 99 and criollo 98 tobacco. Like the other JFR Lunatic cigars, the Firecracker is made at the Aganorsa factory in Estelí

“The Lunatic Firecracker is a true celebration of the artistry and dedication that both United Cigars and Aganorsa Leaf bring to the industry,” said Terence Reilly, vp of sales and marketing for AGANORSA Leaf, in a press release. “This limited edition is a winner with its unique blend and distinctive smoking experience.”

Each cigar has an MSRP of $7.50 or $150 for a box of 20 cigars. The project is described as a limited production, but the number of cigars produced has not been disclosed.

“The Lunatic Firecracker represents a beautiful partnership between United Cigars and Aganorsa Leaf,” said Oliver Nivaud, director of operations for United Cigars, via a press release. “Let’s light up the skies this Fourth of July with the Lunatic Firecracker.”

AGANORSA Leaf joins a long list of manufacturers to produce cigars for United Cigars’ Firecracker Series, including Foundation Cigar Co., Perdomo, Fratello, E.P. Carrillo, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and several others. Additionally, Firecracker releases have been produced for St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and the start of baseball season.

Images courtesy of United Cigars.

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