Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle

Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle

Origin : Dominican Republic
Crowned Heads CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Famous Smoke Shop recently announced that Crowned Heads would be producing a special line of cigars exclusively for their shops. Called the Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle, the new cigar is an amped-up version of the original Four Kicks. Where the old Four Kicks used a Habano Ecuador wrapper, this one comes with a Connecticut Broadleaf.

In case you’re curious about the name, it comes from a song by the Kings of Leon. The lyrics go like this:

Huff men don’t take no nonsense
He’s here to rectify
He’s got his black belt buckle
And the red man’s fire in his eyes.

This cigar is brand new—it’s been available to order since December 3. I’ve finally had a chance to give it a try.

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EP Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro Nacionales

EP Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro Nacionales

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 44
Wrapper : Mexican San Andres
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Ecuadorian
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 each
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The EP Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro was unveiled at the last year’s IPCPR. It is the first time the brand has ever made use of a San Andres Oscuro wrapper. You can buy it in six different sizes: Robusto Gordo, Nacionales, Small Churchill, Especial No. 6, Pirmades Royal, and Dinamicos. For this review, I tried the 5 ½ x 44 Nacionales.

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Juan Lopez Ideales (Regional Edition Austria)

Juan Lopez Ideales (Regional Edition Austria)

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 19 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Released in : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~9 EUR each
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Juan López is an old cigar brand in Cuba, dating back to somewhere around 1870, but it is not a very well-known brand. There are three regular production sizes: the Petit Corona, the Selección No. 1, and the Selección No. 2. Until 2006, Juan López also manufactured the Panatelas Superba and a Corona. In the recent years, Juan Lopez was mostly known for its regional editions, and we've reviewed quite a few of them on the blog: the Don Juan (Benelux, 2014), the Seleccion No. 3 (Benelux, 2010), the Maximo (Switzerland, 2008), the Short Torpedo (Caribbean, 2008)...

Back in 2011, three regional editions were released: the Distinguidos for Germany, the Supreme for Canada, and the Ideales for Austria. I had a chance to try the Austria edition, which I paid a bit less than 10 EUR per stick on my recent trip to Vienna.

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Casa Torano Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)

Casa Torano Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguam
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 per single
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The Casa Torano Maduro is by far the darkest Maduro I have ever seen. This cigar has a jet black wrapper with virtually no veins and has a solid feel to it. The roll is seamless but has a sloppy double cap.

It has a nice draw with a bit of resistance. The burn is fairly even and the ash is a whitish grey color that is solid and has no flowering or flaking. The body of the cigar is medium as well as the strength of the cigar.

The Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro has a base flavor of wood and natural tobacco but features nice notes of roasted nuts, coffee beans, and a fruity sweetness that reminds me of maraschino cherries; you know the ones they put on your ice cream sunday, or in your Old Fashioned’s. However, as the cigar progresses, the cherry sweetness turns more to an apple flavor which is quite interesting. Overall the flavors are about medium in intensity on this cigar.

Overall I thought this was a nice cigar. It has some nice complexity to it and for $6.50 I think it’s a superb deal. This is usually not the style of cigar I smoke but I really enjoyed the Casa Torano. I am one of the Don Pepin, heavy hitting, fuller the better cigar smokers and I think that crowd may not like this cigar because it doesn’t have that pop or flare that those types of cigar typically have. However, I think if they are in the right mindset that this is going to be a delicate smoke I think they could really enjoy it.

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La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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A nice dark oily plug of a cigar. I was instantly drawn to this cigar because of the sheer amount of oil this cigar has on it and the size is quite interesting as well. The wrapper is a deep brown color with absolutely no color variation whatsoever. The cigar seems packed well and is pretty solid with a slight bounce, which is usually the norm. The roll is seamless and has an expertly applied cap. One thing I think they could have done differently is shrink the band down. The band covers damn near a third of the cigar and is a shame considering the beauty of this cigar.

The Double Ligero #452 has a nice easy draw and it produces a ton of smoke. The burn is a little wavy while the ash is nice and compact with some slight flowering. The body of this cigar is full and you can definitely feel this one in the belly, almost like you just got done eating a huge meal. The strength is full with a good nicotine kick.

The La Flor Dominicana DL 452 starts off with a deep rich earthy sweetness with some coffee and citrus flavors along with some peppery spice. In the second third the spice backs down and really gives way to the flavors from the first third. The final third is much of the same but adds a hickory flavor almost reminiscent of a nice smoky barbeque sauce. The finish of the cigar is slightly dry so make sure to have beverage handy while smoking this one.

This cigar is a winner in by book. The flavors are fantastic and they are so rich and complex. I really didn’t expect this much complexity out of a $6 cigar but this cigar definitely performs. Also the cigar is a slow burner. I was expecting to polish this baby off in less than an hour but it took me about an hour and fifteen minutes to finish this guy up which is typically how long it will take me to finish a regular robusto.

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Litto Gomez Diez Cubano (Quick Smoke Series)

Litto Gomez Diez Cubano

Origin : Dominican Republic
Litto Gomez Diez cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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This is an average looking cigar with a smooth feeling, light brown colored wrapper. There are a few moderate sized veins in the wrapper but they should not be a problem. The cigar seems packed very well with tobacco and there are no noticeable defects with the cigar.

The Litto Gomez Diez Cubano has a nice draw with some resistance that produces an average amount of smoke. The burn was even with no touch-ups needed and the ash held well but was farily flaky. The body of this cigar starts off medium to full but mellows down through the cigar and dips down to the lower end of the medium spectrum. The strength of this cigar is medium to full.

The Cubano has a nice woody core with some floral notes, black pepper and a bit of leather. Some may think this cigar is a bit dry on the palate but there is just enough sweetness on this cigar to balance things out a bit. As the cigar progresses, the pepper backs down and is thrown in the background. Other than that there are no major changes throughout the cigar.

When all is said and done I did enjoy this cigar. The flavor profile was a nice change of pace but I got a little bored with it. For a $10 cigar, I was expecting there to be a little more complexity and a little more of a roller coaster ride but there was none to be had.

Verdict: Above Average

Viaje Platino Chiva (Quick Smoke Series)

Viaje Platino Chiva

Origin : Nicaragua
Viaje cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each

The Viaje Platino is a very nice looking cigar. The chocolate colored wrapper has a slight tint of red to it and has some very small veins running throughout. The seams are even and the roll looks great. The cigar sports a nice looking green, silver and white primary band and a silver cloth foot band which is a nice added touch.

The draw on this cigar was a bit snug compared to the others I smoked before this review but it gave me enough smoke to satisfy me. The burn was even for the most part and the ash, although a dark gray, was compact and had zero flowering. The body of the Viaje is medium to full while the strength is average.

The Viaje Platino starts off with some nice earthy coffee like flavors along with some red pepper spice. The flavors are very rich and pronounced and I really like that about this cigar. The flavors didn’t change much in the second third but the final third offered an even more intense flavor profile.

Overall I really enjoyed the Viaje Platino. The flavors are nice and pronounced and are definitely not shy. It is a good smoke for cigar enthusiasts who like Don Pepin / Tatuaje flavor profile with a different approach.

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CAO MX2 Box-Press (Quick Smoke Series)

CAO MX2

Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 5.5 x 55
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan, Honduran, Dominican, Peruvian
Binder : Brazilian
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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The CAO MX2 Box Press sports a dark brown wrapper with a contemporary looking black and silver band along with a secondary band stating “Box-Press,” just in case you couldn’t feel or see the sharp box press on this cigar. There are some pretty big veins on this cigar which pop out from the rest of the wrapper. The wrapper also has a wrinkled look in some areas especially near the head of the cigar.

The cigar has a nice medium draw that produces thick billowing clouds of smoke. The burn line is slightly uneven and is rather thick and somewhat bubbly. The ash is a medium gray color and has just a bit of flowering, but held on quite well. The body is medium to full and the strength is average.

The CAO MX2 Box Press offers a light earthy core with heavy notes of chocolate and espresso. There is some slight pepper to this cigar but is balanced pretty nicely with the rest of the cigar. The flavors don’t change much throughout the cigar but overall very good flavors.

I’ve smoked plenty of the regular MX2’s and have not been overly impressed. This cigar however, is a winner. I’m not sure if it’s the blend with some different tobacco in it, or if it is the box press that gives it a different flavor profile, but the flavors are much more rich and pronounced.

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