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While the cigar—both the regular version and the limited editions—were originally made for Two Guys Smoke Shop, it has since moved into the portfolio of United Cigars; David Garofalo owns both the retailer and the distributor.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