Brand: Crowned Heads Country: Dominican Republic
Size: 5 7/8 x 52 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
The Label Factor:
Take the already excellent Four Kicks label, add a black and gold Limited Edition 2012 secondary band, and what do you get? Well, you get an even classier look than the original. When I lay awake at night, I imagine my humidor filled with Mule Kicks and I fall asleep with ease.
What We Liked:
When I reviewed the original Four Kicks, my one complaint was that it wasn’t very full-bodied or strong; it just didn’t have enough kick. The Mule Kick doesn’t suffer this same fate. Starting off in a similar style to the Four Kicks, you can expect an initial combination of wood and black pepper. Both flavors intensify but never overpower as the profile expands throughout the smoke.
At the halfway point, the cocoa sweetness found in the Four Kicks enters the ring, accompanied by a subtle nuttiness I don’t recall experiencing in the original. There were also flashbacks to the Headley Grange, with that rich, natural tobacco profile making for one of the most satisfying and balanced cigars I’ve had the pleasure of smoking.
From celebrating a newborn baby, a friend’s wedding, and, most recently, sharing one with my dad on Father’s Day, the Mule Kick will always be a cigar I associate with special occasions. Each time I expected it to not be as good as the last and each time I was wrong.
What We Didn’t Like:
Every time you light up a Mule kick, you contribute to their extinction. You are the cigar equivalent of the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs. With an extremely limited run of 500 boxes consisting of ten cigars each, it won’t be long before our kids are reading books about Mule Kicks and visiting museums to see one sealed in perfect temperature and humidity behind a glass wall. Look…I’m not saying you shouldn’t smoke them – it just makes me sad and I don’t like crying when I smoke.
Should You Try/Buy It:
If by some miracle you ever come across Mule Kicks, buy them. Buy ALL of them. This is easily my favorite release from Crowned Heads and, considering how much I love the Headley Grange, that is impressive. During our interview with Jon Huber, he spilled the beans on another limited edition release coming in late 2013. Due to the excellence of the Mule Kick, this upcoming mystery cigar is one of my most anticipated.