Four Kicks – Cigar Review & Contest

Four Kicks Band

If you use social media, or read cigar blogs chances are you already heard about Four Kicks by Crowned Heads. If you haven’t then you must not be a true cigar geek like me and my fellow twitter-holics. In case you fit this bill, Four Kicks is by Crowned Heads a company started by former employees of CAO. The company which features Jon Huber former marketing genius for CAO follows many of the same promotional ideas used in the past. Before the brand was launched there was T-Shirts, Stickers, and Baseball Caps. In fact, you can win one of those caps by leaving a comment at the end of this review.

The cigar is made in the Dominican Republic for Crowned Heads under the watchful eye of EPC Cigars at Tabacalera LaAlianza. Ernesto Perez Carrillo has seen a lot of success, fast since he began he own label after a similar buyout but the Scandinavian Tobacco Group. One can say this was a match made in heaven as both have a similar past.

The cigar is available in four sizes, Corona Gorda (5 5/8” x 46); Robusto (5” x 50); Sublime (6” x 54); and Piramide (6 1/8” x 52). The suggested retail before local taxes is $6.95 to $8.65 per cigar.

Cigar: Four Kicks
Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium-Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 3

Four Kicks by Crowned Heads

Four Kicks by Crowned Heads

Appearance and Construction: The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper on the Four Kicks feels a bit coarse with a few veins present although none of them stand out too much. There are some oils present and the roll of the cigar is perfect right down to the cap. The foot is well packed, with a nice dark tobacco bunching which is dead center. There is a nice weight to the stick with no soft spots. The band uses red and gold and it reminds me a lot of the Saint Luis Rey band is tapered on one end which makes it real easy to remove when the time comes.

Four Kicks Foot

Four Kicks Foot

Flavor & Notes: Once I clipped the cigar I took a cold draw from the Four Kicks by Crowned Heads and was treated to notes of earth and nuts. The foot of the cigar had a wonderful sweet molasses to the nose. A classic pre-light experience if you ask me. Once the cigar was lit, there was some subtle spices, citrus bordering on lemon extract, and a wonderful sweetness. As we progressed into the first third there was a nice citrus note that was dominant for the first inch or so before submitting to notes of wood, and molasses.  As I smoked the second third of the cigar I noticed the pepper slightly more than in the first third especially through the nose. The wood notes became the focal point with a sweet finish that continued to remind me of molasses. The last third of the cigar gets a bit heavier in body and turns it up a notch in strength. The wood notes become a well defined oak, some leather notes come into the mix but the finish of the cigar holds on to the sweetness that was the dominant note throughout the cigar.

Four Kicks First 3rd

Four Kicks First 3rd

Smoking Characteristics: Does it get any better than the construction of cigars coming out of Tabacalera LaAlianza? The cigar had a perfect draw with a slight resistance the way it should be. The cigar also had a perfect burn. This doesn’t mean it was always razor-sharp but it always self corrected when it got slightly off-center. The solid ash was light in color and held for half the cigar. The aroma of the smoke complimented the notes which helped make this an easy cigar to dissect. .

Four Kicks Second 3rd

Four Kicks Second 3rd

Conclusion: One can’t help but compare cigars. It is human nature, to see how they compare to another. I happily state this cigar stands on its own. There is no hint of CAO and there is no hint of EPC. The cigar has it’s own identity and that is of a cigar that is simply incredible. It easily falls into my top 5 of the year and I will smoke it again when it is time to figure out Cigar of the Year. The cigar which is limited to 30,000 in the first release is only available at 66 retailers, and that makes tracking them down a bit difficult. I managed to get mine from Buckhead Cigars. The effort is worthwhile, because this cigar definitely lives up to the hype.

Four Kicks Last 3rd

Four Kicks Last 3rd

Rating: 95
Price: $7.50 (Approximate)

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  • http://365cigars.com Tony Blake

    My Four Kicks order arrives today… looking forward to trying them out… My video review will be up soon…

  • http://twitter.com/jonsiddle jon siddle

    I really need to order these cigars to check them out. Nice review Barry.

  • Shawn

    Nice review Barry!
    I get alot if the same flavors you did. This is deffinately not a CAO smoke, but deffinately a top 5 smoke of the year! Ive had the CG & the Robusto is my favorite so far.

  • Loyal Reader

    I want a free hat!

  • Rgianelli

    I ordered 4 of the corona gorda vitoa. Got my shipment yesterday. Smoked my first one within the hour. Promptly ordered a box. It’s that damn good!
    Rob

  • Coop

    On my short list of smokes to get. Thanks for the review!!

  • http://twitter.com/CigarSmoke1 CigarSmoke

    I was foaming at the mouth for these already! Now i’m going crazy! Nice review praying mine will be there today! 

  • http://twitter.com/CigarSmoke1 CigarSmoke

    This time try to keep your clothes on!

  • Kyle S.

    I tried the Sublime last week. I live in Nashville, so it perhaps makes it a little easier to get my hands on. I KNOW they are selling these at Uptown’s as quick as they get them in. Buddy of mine grabbed a few. It is an AWESOME smoke. I thought the construction was spot-on. Draw was perfect. All I could get out of was cocoa, or coffee flavor. I am not anywhere like the pros on tastes and flavors, but that is what I got. I would put it up there with my top 3 of all time. It should do very well in the ratings on magazines and websites. Get one if you can!

  • Chaz

    I have a 5 pack on the way- after reading several great reviews and loving the work of EPC, I can’t wait to light one up!

  • Kws15off

    I can’t wait to find one to smoke. If John H had a hand in this and I know he did, this cigar is spot on.

  • Okia42

    Great review. would be better If I won the hat

  • CCC

    Can’t wait to snag one later this week.

  • http://twitter.com/Shipsa01 Samuel A R Shipley

    Gonna try and find one this weekend.  They sound awesome!

  • Twheetley

    Not available where I am,but it is in my smoke buddies town. Getting together with him over the holidays to enjoy one. Can’t wait for that first slow draw.

  • Chris McCann

    Thanks for the review, Barry. Sounds like a great smoke. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Vic

    Thanks for the words, Barry. Looking forward to getting my order and passing them out to cigar club members. I and the Southside Cigar Club appreciate your cigar reviews. Have a great Thanksgiving. 

  • http://twitter.com/Cigar2 Andy Klueber

     In to win it need a new hat. Hopefully I’ll try Four Kicks in the future.

  • irratebass

    Would like to find a couple of these to try out. Gonna try for the hat right now. Thanks for the contest and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  • Cbmt1

    Sounds like a cigar i would like to try!

  • Cigars4mango

    Smoking one right now. And loving it. And agree with you, it’s worth the hype!
    Mango

  • Chas

    Wow, I gotta’ try this one!

  • Kekoa kai

    Been hearing a lot about these babies lately. Love to try them!

  • http://twitter.com/greenbacker Charlie Greenbacker

    No need to enter me in the contest… I just wanted to say nice review, Barry, and that the Crowned Heads ball caps I have are really nice & well-constructed — among the better swag items I’ve received.

  • GPapa3

    I live in Southern California and there are no retailers locally carrying these. I e-mailed Crown Heads to see where I could get a hold of them and Jon Huber wrote back to let me know of a retailer in North Carolina. I called, placed an order and expect to get them in time for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to trying these out. Thanks again to Jon for his help. A class act.

  • GPapa3

    I live in Southern California and there are no retailers locally carrying these. I e-mailed Crown Heads to see where I could get a hold of them and Jon Huber wrote back to let me know of a retailer in North Carolina. I called, placed an order and expect to get them in time for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to trying these out. Thanks again to Jon for his help. A class act.

  • Isaiah

    Four kicks who’s struttin’ now!!!! Kings of Leon love that song…..It seems like the cigar is as good as the song….would love to try one

  • Isaiah

    Four kicks who’s struttin’ now!!!! Kings of Leon love that song…..It seems like the cigar is as good as the song….would love to try one

  • czerbe

    Great Review I’m hoping to get my hands on these bad boys

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

    I definitely need to try these- I’m a sucker for a nice Habano wrapper and everything from the packaging design to the vitola choices on this release is ringing my bells. Chalk another one up for EPC!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

    I definitely need to try these- I’m a sucker for a nice Habano wrapper and everything from the packaging design to the vitola choices on this release is ringing my bells. Chalk another one up for EPC!

  • Ron Delucca

    Was given one by a friend who had purchased it at Uptowns CigarShop. I enjoyedit to it’s end. Can not wait to get to Uptowns to get some more. Way to go Crownhead LLC. RON Clarksville, TN

  • Cigarpuller

    Can’t wait to try a stick from this line! Thanks for the great review.

  • 6x60guy

    Hoping to get the opportunity to try one of these. Always looking for a new quality smoke.
     

  • Lagnaf666

    Need to find this stick!!!

  • Joe

    great review, now i want one!! thanks fr the contest!

  • Mr Jlharris

    Smoking one now and I love it. Very well constructed and has a nice kick (or 4) to it. About to stock up as this retailer has already sold most of its supply.

  • Swede214

    Good review, as always, I enjoy reading your comments, and I can see me,looking good in that hat! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TSCR5QK55X5255WQGD6UN2P74E PaulP

    Ernie is the Master.

  • Ec

    Cigar of the year!! You guys can be proud. It made my Thanksgiving morning double espresso even better!!

  • Anonymous

    A winner has been contacted, once I receiving confirmation I will announce it.

  • Hydrogenboy

    bought a box of robusto.  I can’t wait.

  • GP

    Concur! Had my first taste of a Four Kicks today and will walk away with a box because i’m in DC on business and my shop at home in Minneapolis doesn’t carry them. Can’t wait to share with a couple of buds – they’ll be impressed.

  • EMill

    I loved my first Four Kicks and had to look up this web-site to see what I could learn. I actually should say I “am loving” the cigar, because I have a nasty habit if I don’t smoke more than half, of leaving them outside for the next night. Here, in Chicago, the weather acts like a freezer this time of year.

  • David

    They’re a great smoke and I wish more places in Michigan sold then. Thanks Ren and Georges Smoke Shop in beautiful downtown Holland, MI!

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