Cigar Review Four Kicks by Crowned Heads (Robusto)
This cigar from Jon Huber and his Nashville-based Crowned Heads cigar company has an interesting story behind them. After reading it, I looked forward to treating it to a cigar review Four Kicks performed as follows:
Draw: Very good.
Pre-light flavor: Somewhat woody.
Toasting & Light: Excellent. Tobacco took to the flame evenly. First puff was slightly sweet and earthy.
Base flavors: Mainly woody with a note of spice.
Retrohale: A little peppery, but not overpowering in the early stages, with very little change in the latter stages.
Aroma: Excellent. Has a slight caramel-like scent. Very appealing.
Burn / Ash Quality: The burn was clean and slow, exposing a more white than grey ash that was semi-firm in consistency. Going into the second half of the cigar, the ash firmed-up. At one point the ash hung-on for over an inch-and-a-half.
Balance of flavors: Excellent. Each puff was equally smooth and flavorful. Not much change at all, especially in the first act.
Consistency: One of the most consistent cigars I’ve smoked this year. The flavors hardly wavered, nor did the smoke ever become rough or acutely bitter.
General Observations: Very well made all around. I could hardly find any flaws in this cigar. The flavors were not complex, but straightforward with a rich, woody character and a pleasing aroma. In the last couple of inches the cigar did reveal a much more strength. Surprisingly, the retrohale was less peppery in the final stage. Suffice it to say, it hit on all cylinders right down the line.
Summary: In blending this cigar, I don’t think Jon Huber could have made it much better. The Four Kicks Robusto is a straight-down-the-middle medium-bodied smoke; and a very enjoyable one at that.
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