Brand: Crowned Heads Country: Dominican Republic
Size: Corona Gorda 5 5/8” x 46 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Price: $6.95 (Buy)
The Label Factor:
The Four Kicks has a pretty straight forward label with a classy vintage look. The texture along the edges gives everything a quality feel. Red and gold definitely seem to be a favorite among cigar manufacturers. From an interview we did with Jon Huber of Crowned Heads, I happen to know that these labels come from the same company in Holland that makes the Opus X labels. Maybe they had a sale on red and gold.
What We Liked:
My preference of vitola has been evolving in the last few months. Where I once considered myself firmly in the 50/52 ring camp, I am now beginning to think I should move to the 46/48 ring camp, if they’ll have me. This feeling was only made stronger during our recent chat with Jon Huber, where he discussed how a smaller ring can help focus the flavors in a cigar. 46/48 for life!
I also believe the smaller ring gauge improves the smoking experience, or at least helps me feel cooler, which is important. With the Four Kicks Corona Gorda, it was easy to achieve a mouthful of smoke for blowing failed smoke rings. As the photos confirm, you shouldn’t expect any issues with the construction, as the burn is even and the ash holds for an inch or more.
So, after all that, how does the Four Kicks taste? To kick things off, you will get a good amount of pepper but not overwhelmingly so. I was pleased the spice subsided down a bit after an inch or so and let some other flavors in. Throughout the stick, expect a balanced, sweet and delicious smoke with notes of wood, earth and a little cocoa to round it all out. I’m disappointed I’m not smoking one as I write this.
What We Didn’t Like:
With a name like Four Kicks, one may expect a full bodied cigar with some serious strength. I think body is a bit subjective, but I was disappointed the Four Kicks wasn’t a little more full-bodied. The flavors are excellent but I want more of them. As for strength, personally, I don’t look for cigars to make me nauseous but if that’s what you’re into, the Four Kicks is not your cigar.
I can’t help but compare the Four Kicks to the other full Crowned Heads release, the Headley Grange. In a situation where I was always given a choice of the two, I expect I would go with the Headley 76 to 83% of the time. A little more flavor goes a long way.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Yes. I expect there are many people who prefer the Four Kicks to the Headley Grange, so if you have been holding out trying the Four Kicks, now is officially your cue to stop being insane. Crowned Heads has started off batting 1000 and the bar for their upcoming JD Howard Reserve is set incredibly high.
Interested in trying the Four Kicks? You can buy it here.