Four Kicks

Four Kicks #1

Origin : Dominican Republic
Crowned Heads CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
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…

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Zino Platinum “Z” Class 550R

Zino Platinum “Z” Class 550R #1

Origin : Dominican RepublicZino
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Nicaragua & Honduras
Binder : Peruvian
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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As spring is upon us we are all looking forward to cutting the grass again… yeah right. The good news is with more daylight and warmer temperatures the cigars smoking will increase along with barbecues and good outdoor fellowship.

This week I wanted to review a semi new cigar. Being released in May of 2011 the Zino “Z” Class line is defined as a stronger / powerful / more full-bodied line without a hefty price tag. The “Z” Class cigars come packaged in sleek streamlined metal tin boxes of 20. These cigars are currently available in the following sizes:

  • 654T (Toro) 5 7/8 x 54
  • 550R (Robusto) 4 7/8 x 50
  • 546P (Pyramid) 5 ¼ x 46
  • and 643C 5 5/8 x 43

This line will typically run you from $8 – $12 which is much less expensive than your regular Zino/Davidoff makeshift brands. Let’s see how the 550R fared.

On to the review…

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Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Robusto

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicDiamond Crown cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Havana
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $10.80
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Coming from the oldest premium cigar company in the United States, the J.C. Newman Cigar Company is responsible for the production of many familiar brands such as Diamond Crown, Cuesta-Rey, Brick House, and El Baton. In the summer of 2012 the bilingual magazine Cigar Journal published an article/interview with Eric and Bobby Newman, owners of the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. According to the Cigar Journal ‘quote’:

This line (Diamond Crown Julius Caeser) of super premium cigars was created in 2010 to honor the founder of the J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s 135th birthday and the 115th anniversary of the company. Julius Caeser Newman’s likeness appears on the cigar label.

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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros Toro

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros Toro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade/Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Dominican and Honduran
Binder : Secret
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros Toro is a bit gimmicky but it does exactly what it is advertised to do. This cigar uses two wrappers, a Connecticut Shade wrapper at the foot with an abrupt transition to an Ecuadorian grown Sumatran wrapper for about the last 2/3rds of the cigar. It starts off fairly mild with creamy coffee notes and a bit of hay and then picks up in strength and body once you hit the Sumatran wrapper where there is a bit of pepper and leather and earth with what I thought was a slightly overbearing finish. Maybe even a little harsh at times. I found it to be a well made cigar. The burn was amazingly slow. It took a long time to smoke this Toro. I’d rate this stogie overall as “good”.

There was something about the two wrapper setup and that transition from the mild smoke to a more medium bodied experience that I am unsure about. I cannot put my finger on it, but it is different from the changes and nuances of a well blended and complex cigar that only uses one wrapper. I’ve struggled with it but haven’t come up with a good explanation for my feeling on it. Still, this LGC is a decent smoke and the gimmick is legit and so it it is worth trying at least once for the experience.

Quesada Seleccion Espana/Europe Short Robusto

Quesada Seleccion Espana-Europe Short Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicQuesada cigars
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Arapiraca
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : 5.50 EUR each
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If you know the story behind the Quesada Seleccion Espana, you might be a bit surprised at the title of this review. Europe? Weren't these supposed to be released in Spain, then a few boxes leaked to the US because the cigars were really good? [you can find some more information about this cigar here and here]

Well, I mentioned 'Europe' simply because I found this stick in a B&M in Amsterdam and it didn't have the second "Seleccion Espana" band. Looking at the size and the main band (as well as the flavor profile), I am fairly confident this is the same blend, released across Europe (or just in the Netherlands? I don't know). Needless to say, I was pretty excited to sample these because they received really good press overseas.

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 4

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No.4

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/8 x 43
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Fuente family makes some of the most popular cigars in the US. The Opus X and Hemingway lines seem to get the most notoriety in this part of the country, but right up there with them is the premium Don Carlos line of Cameroon wrapped cigars. The Don Carlos is a superbly constructed refined cigar that proudly bears the name of Don Carlos Fuente Sr. himself. The Don Carlos can be had in various vitolas, seven of which are the most common. The #2, #3, #4, Robusto, Double Robusto, Belicoso, and Presidente. I have seen pictures of a Lancero but have never seen one in person. I don’t know the story behind the Lancero but can only assume it was some kind of special run that may or may not have ever been publicly available. The Fuente’s seem to have a lot of special run, never released cigars floating around out there. You often hear stories of them much like you hear stories of Big Foot and Lochness sightings.

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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Maduro

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Maduro

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6.0″ x 47
Wrapper : Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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As if the Cameroon-wrapped Hemingway cigars weren’t special enough, The Cigar Family makes an extra special, aged, limited release of the Hemingways with a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Like the Anejos, the Hemingway Maduros are usually released around the holidays as a special treat for the fans and customers of Arturo Fuente cigars. I gave some more background on the Hemingway line of cigars in my review of the Hemingway Best Seller so click on over and check that out while you’re here.

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The Recluse Toro (Update)

The Recluse Toro

Origin : Dominican RepublicRecluse cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : $7.80

Back in the Summer of last year I was sent a couple of pre-release cigars to review from Iconic Leaf Cigar Company, a relative newcomer to the cigar industry. The “Toro” cigar I was sent was actually quite enjoyable, something rare for a new name. Normally, based on my experience, new cigar companies are either dreadful out of the box or need a few years to turn an average cigar into one with promise. Very rarely does one come out of the gate with such promise. I was sincere in my rating of the cigar in giving it 4 stars out of 5 in my review back in August 2012.

A month and a half back I was sent a production version of the cigar, fully banded (the pre-release sample came unbanded) so I thought I would give it another try and update my review.

The original review is still up and should be checked out for a more in-depth commentary of the cigar itself. What follows are my additional comments on the Toro from Iconic Leaf.

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