Cigar Review: Four Kicks by Crowned Heads Robusto
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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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles