Short Cuts: Mi Querida Firecracker From Two Guys Smoke Shop

Mi Querida Firecracker From Two Guys Smoke Shop

 

 

 

In 2006 Two Guys Smoke Shop owner David Garofalo came up with a concept that would become one of the most sought after limited edition cigars each Independence Day. The cigar came to fruition when Don Pepin Garcia was visiting Two Guys Smoke Shop for a series of events.

It was at one of these events that Garofalo asked Garcia to roll a cigar with a fuse on it. After some hesitation Garcia rolled the cigar that would become a signature release for the New Hampshire based retailer.

 

FIRECRACKER RELEASES SINCE 2006

 

 

This year the Firecracker release comes from Steve Saka’s Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.

It’s based off the Mi Querida blend and according to a conversation with Steve Saka, the cigar is front loaded with ligero tobacco for an extra kick giving it an explosive start.

This version of the Firecracker follows up versions from My Father Cigars, Tatuaje (M80), La Flor Dominicana, RoMaCraft and Fratello. There is also an ongoing regular release of the Firecracker as well.- 2 Guys Smoke Shop

 

  • APPEARANCE

 

Short, oily and explosive! The smaller format Mi Querida is rugged looking. Dark coffee bean in color it’s loaded with tooth, seam, several veins and rough to the touch.

It has a signature long fuse tucked under the label, what do you do with the fuse? Personally I slice it and chew on it, not conventional but you certainly can’t light it.

The label is signature Mi Querida from DTT, royal blue with gold trim around the edges. In gold reads Mi Querida with cursive font. Pre light aroma smelled like dirty Broadleaf barnyard and damp earth. The cold draw yielded notes of mild spice and natural tobacco.

 

 

 

 

FIRST LIGHT

  • AROMA OF WARM CEDAR AND CHOCOLATE OFF THE TOASTED FOOT
  • Cedar Char
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Black Pepper (slight bitter aftertaste)
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Dark Chocolate (bitter)
  • White Pepper sting (FULL) on the retro with an after taste of dried fruit
  • THE VITOLA IS BURNING EXTREMELY HOT

CRUISE CONTROL BURN

  • Blend has mellowed (STILL UPPER FULL BODIED)
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Coffee/Black
  • Nougat
  • Pepper (Black) notable in the nostrils on the retro hitting the throat and palate for a long finish
  • I HAD TO PUT THE MI QUERIDA FIRECRACKER DOWN FOR 15 MIN TO COOL, AT SUCH A SMALL FORMAT THE VITOLA BURNS HOTTER THAN NORMAL

FINAL THIRD

  • One controlled re-light after cooling
  • Pepper (Black/Red)
  • Coffee/Black
  • Dark Chocolate/Bitter
  • Bitter Char
  • Retro is producing a strong sting of sweet flavors, with a throat punch of pepper lingering on the palate for an extra long finish

 

CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

 

  • CONSTRUCTION: Extremely well constructed, the smaller format held together perfectly. I gave away three of these to friends and one was so plugged it was un-smokable leaving me to wonder was this years firecracker a dud? Not the case, in the several smoked for review the draw was wide open and consistent.

 

  • BURN: The burn was razor sharp with a thick carbon line. Combustion was consistent, in “Cruise Control” the vitola became extremely hot and letting it cool for 15 minutes is recommended but not required, however it improved the combustion and taste allowing the explosive fillers to reset. As with years past firecrackers from 2 Guys Smoke Shop, this wasn’t a unique occurrence to the Mi Querida due to the smaller format.

 

  • ASH: Solid and compact! The salt and pepper colored ash would have held the entire duration past the band had I let it.

 

  • CUT: Straight cut on all examples.

 

  • DRAW: Wide Open resulting in an abundance of thick greyish white smoke.

 

  • RE LIGHTS: One controlled re-light after cooling .

 

  • STRENGTH: FULL UPPER PLUS

 

  • CONCLUSION

 

As mentioned the construction/strength portion of the short cut review the vitola burns extremely hot! This years was more so than years past and given the nature of Steve Saka’s combustable tobacco he produces and blends for DTT the answer is pretty clear.

Shorter formats burn hotter but this years just had to be set down and cooled off before re-ignited.

UPPER FULL PLUS the Mi Querida Firecracker was everything and more yielding a myriad of red and black pepper spice that will pair well in the morning and evening, especially with coffee.

Every year I look forward to the seasonal release of the firecracker from 2 Guys Smoke Shop and this year didn’t disappoint! Good more than gimmick I mark my calendar every July and wonder what manufacturer is next? Only time will tell. Bring on the RoMaCrackers!!

 



CIGARS FOR REVIEW: Purchased 

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 4

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 92

SIZE: 3 1/2 x 50 Firecracker

WRAPPER: Connecticut Broadleaf

BINDER: Nicaragua

FILLER: Nicaragua

COMPANY: DUNBARTON TOBACCO & TRUST

 

 

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

Love of all things cigars, craft beer, Stouts, IPA's (any beer). Follow me on Untappd @Toar Campbell. Writer, reviewer, founder cigarsmoke.net
Toar Campbell

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