Size: 5 x 50
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder and Filler: Nicaraguan
Price: ~ 7.50 each
Behind The Stick:
Yeah – this is another review that you all may be asking ‘What the fuck took him so long to review this cigar?”. Well – aside from not being one of the cool kids who gets the free cigars and then convincing the wife I ‘need’ these smokes I am just plain slow at getting reviews posted haha! If your looking at some of the history on this cigar or the Crowned Heads organization just do a quick google search and you will have hours and hours of information at your finger tips all put together better than I could ever explain about the transitions from C.A.O. to ST Group to General and all the key players in each move. But – you are here for the damn review so lets get on to the important part, the review!
I gotta say, these things are not ‘phenomenal’ but they are very very well constructed. Evenly packed from head to foot with a little give at the end – the cap clipped easy and clean and lit with minimal attention. There were a few times that I had to touch it up and at one point there was a significant blister on one side but I honestly have to attribute that more to my carelessness ( smoking a cigar on my roof ) but other samples I have tried also seemed to have the ‘wonky burn’ to them. Meh – touched up and progressed to the end on each without issue. If I have to bitch about something ( and yes, I do ) the bands printing was ‘off’ on every single one – you can see in the main picture it appears to be ‘shaky’ – no, the printing just didn’t match up to where the embossed portion was — if thats the worst part, I can deal with it!
Running with what Jon has said – the Four Kicks is blended “to be a cigar for all smokers, from a beginner to a veteran, everyone can enjoy and pick out different subtleties in the flavor” and I think he nailed it right on the nose. Personally I got a healthy dose of wood and earth mixed up slightly by some spice and cream all rounded out with the slightest bit of sweetness on the finish. Others have claimed the most defined ‘cedar and roasted almonds’ or dark notes of ‘leather and coffee’ but again – my pallet picked up on the more wood, earth and a mix of spice and cream. This profile really hung tight from the beginning to the end, not quite the most dynamic of cigars but it did carry enough where I was entertained from start to finish.
If you are looking for a cigar to celebrate your first born, that big promotion or winning the lottery – the Four Kicks may not be the first cigar you grab but if you are looking for a solid, consistent and very enjoyable cigar then look no further. At just about $7.50 each I think you are getting right what you pay for – a very good tasting cigar ( in my opinion ), good burn, good construction and good overall ‘appeal’ but there just wasn’t anything about them that stood out as ‘great’. That being said, I would still recommend running out and grabbing a 5 pack and give them a shot for yourself!
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