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Cigar Review: CroMagnon Firecracker From Two Guys Smoke Shop

Cigar Review: CroMagnon Firecracker From Two Guys Smoke

 

 

On May 19, 2007, Two Guys Smoke Shop owner David Garofalo asked Jose “Don” Pepin Garcia to roll him a short cigar and to put a long pig tail on it. And so the birth of the firecracker came from an idea. The cigar has seen versions made by My Father Cigars, Jose Dominguez, Iconic Leaf and La Flor Dominicana as well as a slightly larger version called the M80 from Tatuaje.

 

This year Skip Martin and Mike Rosales were asked to make the Firecracker and after a short delay in getting the boxes due to Nicaragua imposing a ban on harvesting trees, the cigar is headed from Esteli, Nicaragua to Nashua, New Hampshire. 

 

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“I’m not sure if it is the ambient humidity, size or the closed nature of the CroMagnon Firecracker, but this is probably the most raw cigar we have ever produced out of the factory. It just seems to be getting stronger instead of more balanced. It definitely lives up to the name.”

Skip Martin told Cigar Smoke “We get approached to do projects like this fairly frequently, and we say no a lot. However, when it is a well thought out project for a good customer executed over multiple years like Cigar Dojo/Famous, Stogies and Two Guys have done, it’s easy to say yes. This year we were fortunate to be asked to do all three.

When we approach one of these projects, we want to stay consistent to the theme, but also not stray too far from our own brand identity. That can be tough. You also want to make sure you stand out among those that have come before you. With the firecracker, we were competing against a few greats like DPG and LFD that had done this project in the previous years“.

 

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  • APPEARANCE

The U.S Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper is dark coffee in color with shades of brown in ambient light. The vitola is glistening with oil with notable seam, heavy tooth and vein. The cap has a long fuse identifying the yearly release from Two Guys Smoke Shop, one I personally look forward to.

When I found out this years honor was going to be produced by RoMa Craft needless to say I was like so many others, overly excited. The band on the Firecracker is signature RoMa Craft with an underlying white label sporting a skull and cave drawings, the thin black band on top is matte black with the RoMa Craft logo and “CROMAGNON” embossed on the band.

The prop fuse on the cap is tucked under the band. The vitola has a rough looking unfinished foot. Pre-Light aroma had notable barnyard and cedar. The cold draw yielded resistance on the draw with flavors of wood and earth.

  • FIRST LIGHT

First light produced a throat punch of heavy black pepper. Full flavors of espresso, dark chocolate and sweet cedar are taking a slight edge off the power of the Firecracker that blasting high doses of nicotine. All flavors are full and extremely balanced. The retro is producing straight black pepper causing a slight burn through the nostrils.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

There is a minimal decrease in black pepper, sweet flavors of dark chocolate and cedar are taking a slight edge off the spicy notes, however balancing in perfectly with coffee flavors decreasing from espresso to a dark roast. The retro is producing strong black pepper evolving into a nuance of cocoa bean.

  • FINAL THIRD

Moving into the final third the black pepper has increased along with leather. Sweet cedar, black coffee and dark chocolate have been the core flavors and consistent throughout. The vitola is producing nicotine blasts causing an almost high or euphoric feeling. A slight nuance of roasted nuts has appeared in the last portion of the cigar that’s worth mentioning. The retro is still producing heavy doses of black pepper evolving into flavors of rich cocoa.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Heavy Black Pepper
  • Espresso/Black Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Leather
  • Cedar
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Retro Produced Black Pepper Evolving to Flavors of Dark Chocolate/Cocoa

The construction on the RoMa Craft Firecracker was solid as the little quarter stick of dynamite producing the perfect amount of resistance on the v-cut. I opted to keep the fuse attached tucked under the band as I’ve done with past Firecrackers, other than being cool it doesn’t add or take away anything from the cigar.

The ash held long and tight producing an illusion of stacked dimes, only falling off when tapped. The strength of the RoMa Craft Firecracker was in the HIGH FULL bodied wheelhouse creating a variety of FULL balanced flavors throughout the smoking duration that lasted a little under an hour. RoMa Craft continues its high batting average with several “shop only” releases this year, rapidly selling out in a matter of hours.

 

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CIGARS PURCHASED FROM: TWO GUYS SMOKE SHOP.

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 3

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 93

SIZE: 3-5 x 50

WRAPPER: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

BINDER: CAMEROON

FILLER: NICARAGUA

 

One Response to “Cigar Review: CroMagnon Firecracker From Two Guys Smoke Shop”

  • Bob Langmaid:

    Everyone I know who’s had this cigar was thoroughly impressed with the flavor and strength!! Wish I had one right now!!

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