It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Crowned Heads Four Kicks in the Sublime size. This 6×54 Toro features a reddish brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. This is my first Crowned Heads cigar to my recollection, and it looks to be rolled well.
The wrapper itself gives off a slight tobacco aroma, while the foot offers mild, earthy leather. On the cold draw, I find almost no flavor, only a slight, musty air. On the first light, I find cinnamon and cedar with black pepper spice. Through the nose, there is leather with spicy earth. The finish produces a general black pepper spice with light earth.
The first third burns fast, ending at twenty minutes. On the draw, I find some red pepper and leather. Through the nose, there is a mix of cedar and black pepper. The finish offers some spicy grass and pencil lead. At this point, the lack of complexity is unimpressive. Strength and body are both a steady medium.
The second third burns even faster, only getting me to the thirty-five minute mark. I only pick up some spicy cedar and red pepper on the draw. Through the nose, there is a bland mix of more cedar and black pepper. The finish is a bit more eventful with coffee, leather, and a bitter mineral note. Strength and body jump up slightly to the medium-to-full mark.
The final third ends at just one hour, much too soon for the size of the cigar. On the draw, I find more red pepper with earth and leather. The retro-hale has no change with more bland cedar and black pepper. The finish gives me oak, leather, and black pepper. Strength and body both finish out at the medium mark.
The Four Kicks was a disappointment to me. It burned far too quickly, and there was a lack of complexity. It’s not a bad cigar, but it’s not great. It would make a good yard gar at best, but there is much better out there in the same price range of $8 to $9. I can’t recommend this one, but I’m hopeful I can find some other gems in the Crowned Heads lineup.