Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $7 each
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This week I decided to review a cigar that has hit the blogosphere with running success. The Four Kicks brand by Crowned Heads is produced by Ernesto Perez Carillo in the Dominican Republic for owner Jon Huber and Mike Conder. Being relatively new to the cigar world the brand has received very high accolades already, so let's see how the Four Kicks fairs.
Available in 24 count boxes the Four Kicks consist of the following vitolas :
- Pyramid 6 1/8 x 52
- Sublime 6 x 54
- Belicoso 5 ½ x 52
- Robusto 5 x 50
- Corona Gorda 5 5/8 x 46
- and newly added Seleccíon No.5 6 ½ x 44
On to the review…
The Four Kicks Corona Gorda had a nice sandy brown wrapper with lots of rough veins. The cap was a beautifully constructed triple seam and a radiant sweet, floral smell was easily detected from this stick. Cold draw was tight with hints of sweet fruit and barnyard. The band on the cigar was quite simple however accented the cigar very nicely.
Pre-light score: 9 pts.
The opening on the Four Kicks showed a spicy full-bodied pepper taste profile. A little further into the first third the cigar developed a nice leathery, woody taste. The pepper notes did remain however more on the finish of the palate.
Aroma was similar to a roasting wood stove and the burn wavy. The cigar was producing a lot of dense white smoke and is easily in the full body category. The transition into the second third had a nice soft creaminess that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The second third of my Four Kicks still showed a wavy inconsistent burn. Cigar did move back in body however was still medium/full bodied. Tastes in the second third were not as elaborate as the first with a consistent sweet and salty earthiness accompanied by a rustic aroma.
Into the final third the cigar decided to split. Do know this only happened on one of the three samples I smoked however all of them had an extremely tight draw on the final third and almost seemed plugged in some cases…
The finish on the Four Kicks varied however I tended to get notes of woody pepper and a odd wet cardboard tastes. I was honestly disappointed as the cigar started so well.
Smoking score: 6 pts.
After all the hype I’ve read on this cigar I certainly do not agree with a lot of the other online cigar enthusiasts. Not that they’re right and I’m wrong or visa versa. At the end of the day it comes down to preference and for me this cigar is not a complete winner in my book. Don’t let me confuse you, as the cigar is of decent quality with an outstanding opening however the consistency I received in the finish from my three samples was not what quality should be. I think I will however look to get some of the other sizes available. Maybe the corona gorda was just a strike out in this blend???
Overall Experience score: 6 pts.
Four Kicks Rating
Pre-Light: 9 pts.
Smoking: 6 pts.
Overall Experience: 6 pts.