Our latest review is the first creation from a company called Crowned Heads which was founded by former longtime employees of CAO who left when it merged with General Cigar. The name “Four Kicks” is from the title of a Kings of Leon song.
With a 2011 production of 30,000, the Four Kicks is available at only 66 retailers nationwide. Fortunately, Buttheads Tobacco Emporium in Danbury, owned by the very knowledgeable Kevin Paige, is one of those lucky retailers.
Cigar Stats: The Four Kicks blend, manufactured at Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. under the supervision of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, owner of EPC Cigar Company, is made up of a Nicaraguan binder and filler encompased by a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Packaged in 24-count boxes, the Four Kicks is available in four sizes: Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46, $6.95), Robusto (5 x 50, $7.60), Sublime (6 x 54, $8.40), and Piramide (6 1/8 x 52, $8.65). We sampled the Sublime.
Appearance: The wrapper is medium brown with a few minor veins and an occasional soft spot, but nothing of major concern. The 54 ring guage gives it a nice heft and the red and gold band is understated, yet elegant.
The Smoke: While the first half-inch of this cigar is super spicy, the next inch or so is very creamy, bordering on buttery. There is tons and tons of smoke and the ash, strong and white, holds firm until the 2 inch mark. As we progress, strong notes of leather take over with the cream backing off a bit and the spice coming back in the mix. Nearing the end of this hour-and-a-half smoke the spice comes back full throttle along with the creaminess from the beginning and a new player, some nuttiness, which makes for a very pleasant finish.
Verdict: The Crowned Heads Four Kicks, a cigar that got better each time we smoked one, is a medium to full-bodied cigar that has fantastic, well-balanced flavors, a perfect draw, and tons of aromatic smoke, all causing us to puff each one right down to the nub. For more information on the Four Kicks and the Crowned Heads Cigar Company visit http://crownedheads.com.