United Cigar Group has announced that The Wise Man Maduro Firecracker from Foundation Cigar Co. will be the newest addition to its annual summertime limited edition series.
Like other cigars in the line, it is being released in a compact vitola, this one measuring just 3 1/2 inches long with a 50 ring gauge. It features a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, a Nicaraguan corojo binder grown in the Jalapa region, and Nicaraguan fillers from Jalapa and Estelí. The cigar is made at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. in Nicaragua.
“This was a fun project to be a part of,” said Nicholas Melillo of Foundation Cigar Co. via a press release. “Fitting the depth of The Wise Man Maduro into a 3 1/2″ vitola was a challenge but what a flavor bomb it is.”
Pricing is set at $7.50 per cigar and $150 for a box of 20 cigars, both before taxes. The Wise Man Maduro Firecracker is slated to begin shipping in June, with production limited to 500 boxes.
The Firecracker series traces its roots back to 2007 and a cigar made for 2 Guys Smoke Shop in New Hampshire the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label cigar that measured three inches long with a 50 ring gauge. Its cap was decorated with a long strand of tobacco that resembled a fuse, and with a release date around the July 4th holiday, the line was born.
Since that first cigar, the Firecracker line has evolved into its own brand, though it is made at the Leyandas factory in the Dominican Republic. It is an ongoing offering from United Cigar Group, which along with Two Guys Cigars, is headed by David Garofalo.
The Firecracker series also includes a number of limited edition collaborations with other manufacturers that come in vitolas similar to The Firecracker, including cigars from Perdomo, Tatuaje, Fratello, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, Kristoff, La Flor Dominicana and RoMa Craft Tobac. These are part of United Cigar Group’s Series Unidas collection, which features collaborations with other manufacturers in a blend or vitola. As such, they are open to other retailers in limited quantities through United Cigar Group.
Update (Jan. 9, 2021) — Added production numbers to the story as they had initially not been disclosed.
Images courtesy of United Cigar Group.