Date: March 2019
Author: Inspector Z

The New Hampshire based Two Guys Smoke Shop releases a store exclusive limited edition each year, right before independence day. Fireworks are a big part of the independence day celebrations, so the cigars are called firecrackers. And they look like firecrackers. 3½ inch long, 50 ring thick and with a long piece of tobacco running from the cap, mimicking the looks of a firecracker.

Ministry of Cigars Mi Querida
Mi Querida Firecracker

Every year another cigar manufacturer is asked to create a firecracker. Two years ago, David Garofalo from Two Guys Smoke Shop, asked Steve Saka to create a Mi Querida firecracker. And Saka isn’t the kind of person who just makes a different vitola. No, he stands behind his product. He wants it to be the best so he tweaked the blend a bit to fit the size and the name.

Mi Querida Trica Traca

Now Saka is releasing that blend in two sizes. A 5×52 robusto, and a 5×48 toro under the name Mi Querida Trique Traca. Out of respect for Garofalo, whom he calls a friend, he decided not to use the 3½x50 vitola or use the fuse-like pigtail. The name, however, does have a connection to the original firecracker. Trica Traca is Nicaraguan slang for firecrackers tied together.

We reached out to Saka, who confirmed that the new blend will also be available for international markets. Canteros, the New Zealand Dunbarton distributor and Longfiller Company, the Dutch Dunbarton distributor showed interest in the new line. We reached out to Men’s Emporium Angola too. They just started to distribute Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust in the African country and confirmed that they are also interested in the new blend.

The artwork will be identical to the regular Mi Querida artwork, only with a red ring instead of a blue ring. The cigars will be released for the American market at the IPCPR trade show this summer and we suspect that the international release will take place at the Intertabac trade show in September.

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