United Cigars has updated the look of its regular production Firecracker and begun shipping it to retailers.

The regular production Firecracker is a 3 1/2 x 50 short robusto that uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Dominican piloto mejorado binder, and a mix of Dominican seco and ligero along with Nicaraguan ligero in the filler. It has an MSRP of $5.99 per cigar and is offered in 25-count boxes, with production handled by the Magia Cubana factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

The concept debuted in 2006 as a Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label shop exclusive for Two Guys Smoke Shop in New Hampshire. It became known for its strength and small format, as well as a long, wick-style cap that is designed to evoke the image of a firecracker. Other well-known manufacturers have also produced their own limited-edition versions of Firecrackers—sharing the unique size and wick-style cap—including Dunbarton Tobacco & TrustFratello, HVCKristoff La Flor Dominicana, Perdomo and RoMa Craft Tobac; the next release is from Foundation Cigar Co. and slated to arrive this summer.

While the cigar—both the regular version and the limited editions—were originally made for Two Guys Smoke Shop, it has since moved into the portfolio of United Cigars; David Garofalo owns both the retailer and the distributor.

United Cigars will have the updated Firecracker on display at the upcoming Tobacco Plus Expo, which happens May 12-14 in Las Vegas.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.