Crowned Heads Four Kicks Maduro
Wrapper: Connecticut Habano
Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. (D.R.)
Cigars smoked for review: 1
Cigars for review provided by: Purchased from Cigar Federation Store
Note: For this review I used Cigar Federation's rating system
Prelight: The wrapper is very dark, very oily, and looks like it is soaking wet. It isn’t, well, it is very oily, but it’s not literally wet. It has an aroma of wet earth and manure to go along with this too. The foot is much sweeter, with a note of fudge predominate over the earth and manure notes. The cold draw is dry, with a light wet, black pepper spice, muted fudge, and a touch of cedar.
Beginning: Once lit, the tobacco in this cigar puts off thick, white clouds of smoke. The first notes I get are right in line with the wrapper and foot aromas. There is a muted fudge flavor, some wet earth, and a wet black pepper finish. There is an occasional hint of bitter coffee here and there as well. It starts off a full medium, maybe more, in strength and body. With a sharp burn, thick smoke, and no issues.
Middle: The first half of this third starts with a similar profile as the first. But this changes completely in the second half of this third. There are notes of grain & nuts, with an enjoyable malty flavor and a warm, toasted finish. The earth and spice have retreated and the finish is much creamier. The burn continues to be on point, with a tight ash, and thick smoke production.
End: The final third kicks off with a thick, sweet honey note. That quickly changes to a very creamy and nutty profile. This is how the Four Kicks Maduro smokes to the end. The body and strength are a solid medium, teetering on medium-full. The burn and ash are straight and solid, and the smoke production is thick throughout.
Final Thoughts: By looking at this cigar and the darkness of the wrapper, I was expecting the profile to be closer to that of a maduro or San Andres. But the flavor nuances were quite enjoyable and distinct. I did touch up the burn two or three times, but it was more OCD than necessity. I never found any major faults with this cigar, but it also just didn't hit me in all the right spots like dang near every other CH cigar has. I think I prefer the original Four Kicks, but I would not hesitate to pick up a few more.
Rating: 88 AKA "5-pack"