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Few brands have hit the market with as much expectation and hype as Crowned Heads’ Four Kicks. The internet was a buzz with the cigar, before there was even ever a name or cigar to market. This buzz was carefully crafted by the business savvy guys at Crowned Heads to build anticipation and a base for their upcoming release. It was a somewhat risky move in that expectations were set high by the media and consumers alike, and the risk was that the hype would oversell the actual product. Thankfully Jon Huber and company followed that hype up with a well crafted cigar, by master blender Ernesto Carrillo, who is also much heralded at the moment. Needless to say I was excited to try the Four Kicks and can honestly say that it lives up to the hype and is a damn fine cigar!
Four Kicks, as I mentioned above, was blended by Ernesto Carrillo and is comprised of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and a nicaraguan binder/ filler combination. The wrapper is of a gorgeous light brown hue with a toothy texture and light oily coat. Inspecting the foot and body revealed a sweet barnyard scent and some dried fruit on the foot and a firm pack on the cigar itself. Upon clipping the cap I found a smooth draw with minimal tension that provided a pleasurable and ideal smoking experience.
In lighting the cigar, the first flavor notes I pick up on are cedar mixed with a hint of dried berry and vanilla. Towards the midpoint the notes transition from a sweeter base to more of a rich birch wood profile. Also noticeable at this point is the building up of the spice component. As the second half fades away the final third reveals a balanced profile of spice, hickory, and leather that balances the cigar nicely for a clean finish.
Going beyond the expectations of frenzied hype is a hard thing to do, but Crowned Heads’ succeeded in being just as good as the hype built it to be. Choosing Ernesto was a great decision for staking a claim in the market with a robust entry as their initial offering. The only negative aspect of this cigar is that its somewhat hard to find. For instance, in my state of Arizona right now, there are only two shops that carry the cigar in a market of about sixty shops. I’m definitely hoping this changes in the months to come as I could really see the Four Kicks being a rotational favorite for myself and many other cigar enthusiasts. So if you are fan of a medium body cigar with a fair amount of complexity, sweetness, and a hint of spice, then begin your hunt for the great white hype, Four Kicks, by Crowned Heads today!
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder/ Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium-Medium +