Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker – Cigar Review

When I ordered my Tatuaje M80 cigars from Two Guys Smoke Shop a couple of weeks ago, I remembered that they were the exclusive for another Pepin cigar, the Blue Label Firecracker. This ultra small cigar is a bit of a gimmick. The blend is the same as the Blue Label Pepin, however it comes in at 3″ long or should I say 3″ small.

So with Independence Day upon us I figured I would light up a Firecracker, one that Mayor Bloomberg can’t arrest me for in NYC, however I have to be careful where I smoke it so I don’t get a ticket. Isn’t it funny, how we broke free from England over taxes, and yet we are taxed to hell and despite having elected officials I don’t feel represented. I don’t know about you, but I think it is time to pass the flat tax.

Cigar: Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker
Size: 3 x 50 (Firecracker)
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Number Smoked: 3

Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker

Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker

Appearance and Construction: At 3″ long it looks like a firecracker, sort of. The cigar features a long pig tail cap that serves as the fuse. The foot of the cigar is a nice looking closed shaggy foott. The cigars roll is seamless, and there are plenty of oils present. The stick is pretty cool to have in your collection, and it has a nice weight in the hand.

Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker Foot

Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker Foot

Flavors & Notes: I opted to cut the cap with my Palio cutter (my Xikar was in my car) instead of pulling at the fuse and the cold draw at this point felt rather loose with some earthy components and a touch of spice.  The covered foot reminded me of cocoa. Once the cigar is lit, there is some pepper overload especially through the nose. The other notes of the cigar are leather, coffee beans (briefly) and some wood.

Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker Cap

Don Pepin Blue Label Firecracker Cap

Smoking Characteristics: For a short cigar it burned well, and didn’t get overly hot. There was a nice volume of smoke from the cigar that had a nice light color ash that didn’t hold on to well. The aroma was spicy, but enjoyable.

Conclusion: The cigar is a cool little novelty that is ideal to light up on the Fourth of July or when time is short. I guess it would also serve well in the cold weather when a quick outdoor smoke is needed when walking the dog. Call me a sucker, but I love when a manufacturer gets creative with a cigar like this.

Rating: 92
Price: $4.99 each or $99.99 box of 25.