The Crowned Head Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle is a reimagining of the original Crowned Heads release with a new wrapper. The Black Belt Buckle sports a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper and is available exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop.
We had John Huber on CigarChat in December and he talked about this project. Check out the video below.
Crowned Heads Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle
Size: 5 5/8 x 46
Vitola: Corona Gorda
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
MSRP: $71.99 10-count box
Samples smoked for review: 2
Cigars for review were purchased by reviewer
Note: I used the CigarFederation Rating System
Pre-Light: The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper on this thing was dark and oily. It had a marbled leather look to it. The Four Kicks band is the same as the original, but there is a black and silver secondary band with the "Black Belt Buckle" name.
The wrapper gave off some strong barnyard notes along with some leather and earth notes. The cold draw was smooth and tasted of rich leather, dark chocolate and mild dark cherry.
Beginning: Right away I was hit with rich and chewy notes of awesome. Rich leather and earth mixed in with some semi-sweet chocolate and black pepper. The black pepper spice was mainly on the retrohale and it was quite bold.
As the first third progressed the profile became a bit richer and thicker. The black pepper spice on the retro balanced out the rich and semi-sweet flavors on the tongue. This thing started off really well.
Middle: The profile held strong as the second third got going. A mild smokey BBQ type of flavor showed up while the rest of the flavors remained. The strength kicked up a notch as well and settled in at a medium-plus.
As the second third progressed the spice on the retro calmed down quite a bit.
End: Things came to a smooth and rich finish. The spice never regained it's punch and that smokey note that showed up in the middle ended up dying away. Notes rich leather, semi-sweet chocolate and earth played together perfectly.
Final Thoughts: I liked this re-wrapped Four Kicks. Do I like it better than the original? I'm not sure. They are very different cigars in my opinion. Sure the binder and fillers are the same, but the Connecticut Broadleaf offers such a different experience than the original Ecuadorian Habano. Regardless, I bought a box of these blind and I'm really happy that I did.
Score: 94 AKA "Box Purchase"
I bought one box already and I may end up with one or two more before they are gone. For the quality of cigar you're getting here, you really can't beat the price point.