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Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Four Kicks Mule Kick LE 2017

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Crowned Heads Four Kicks Mule Kick LE 2017

 

 

 

 

On November 20, 2012 Crowned Heads released what would become the first in a long line of Limited Edition releases, i.e., the Four Kicks Mule Kick LE 2012.

Mule Kick LE 2012 featured a higher priming Habano wrapper and a slightly altered blend to the OR Four Kicks brand. Despite a very limited production of 5,000 total cigars, Mule Kick quickly garnered the attention of the premium cigar industry, and over the years, achieved a nearly mythical ‘unicorn status’ among cigar enthusiasts.

 

 

Five years later, Crowned Heads announces the release of Four Kicks Mule Kick LE 2017. Working closely with industry icon, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Jr., and Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A., the OR Mule Kicks blend has been re-created in the original 10-count packaging. Total production of Four Kicks Mule Kick LE 2017 will be limited to 20,000 cigars.

 

AVAILABLE SIZES IN THE FOUR KICKS OFFERINGS

  • Corona Gorda: 5-6 x 46
  • Robusto: 5-0 x 50
  • Robusto Extra: 5-5 x 56
  • Sublime Toro: 6-0 x 54
  • Piramide: 6-1 x 52
  • Selection No. 5 Lancero/Panatela: 6-5 x 44
  • Mule Kick 2012: 5-7/8 x 52

FOUR KICKS BLACK BELT BUCKLE FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP EXCLUSIVE

  • Corona Gorda Maduro: 5-5/8 x 46
  • Robusto Maduro: 5 x 50
  • Sublime Maduro: 6 x 54

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is milk chocolate brown in color, smooth to the touch with minimal seam, prominent vein and toothy.  The vitola is rolled in the Toro format with a rounded triple cap and a wide open foot.

Two bands sit on the cigar, the primary is colored in bright red with surrounding gold trim embossed with circled stars and pistols. In the middle sits a gold embossed crown with “FOUR KICKS” in white font circled with gold trim.

The secondary label is glossy black with gold trim. Up front reads “Limited Edition” and “2017” in gold font with a black background. Pre light aroma had notes of baked bread, light cedar and cocoa. The cold draw produced flavors plain black tea, leather and floral spice.

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon toasting there is a rich woodsy cedar aroma coming off the foot. Upon combustion flavors of dried meat, leather and sweet/spicy barbecue glaze with a mild black pepper char.

Background flavors of thick maple are coating the palate during active draws with smokey mesquite chips. The spicy element is in the form of black pepper balancing in with flavors I can only describe as meaty. The retro is producing clean white pepper evolving into black cherries.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn there is a distinct creamy leather flavor with glazed maple and a woody mesquite chip spice with a black table pepper dusting.

Background flavors of charred cedar and dried meat in the form of plain salted jerky with a muted sweet maple. Thus far the profile of the Mule Kick LE 2017 is very bold and unique. The retro has decreased producing white pepper evolving into flavors of black cherries with a hint of caramel.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final duration the core flavors are in the form of a sweet glazed maple, rich leather and woody mesquite chips. Background flavors of mild peppered barbecue rub and smoked almonds with a mild black table pepper dusting.

I’m taking longer in between draws enjoying the bold meaty aftertaste in between draws, the flavors have the characteristics of being fire cured and very reminiscent of such, just not as pungent. The retro has picked up producing clean white pepper evolving into flavors of dried fruit and black cherries. 

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction of the Mule Kick was good although the vitola was a little more on the softer side than I prefer. The burn line was jagged and crooked starting out but always corrected itself. 

It may have been due to the softness of the cigar, it posed no effect to the flavor profile I’m just chalking that up to over humidification or storage of the cigar before it shipped.

The whitish/light grey ash held past the inch point and tapped off effortlessly. Three cigars were smoked for review, two had straight cuts and one was V cut, the cigar produced a wide open draw resulting in an over abundance of aroma filled smoke.

Combustion was perfect in the first two stages on all vitolas smoked for review, however a hand full of re lights were required in the final durations as the cigar progressed . The strength of the Mule Kick was in the straight upper MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse and FULL of flavor.

  • CONCLUSION

Bold, unique and full of flavor was the theme of the Four Kicks 2017 LE Mule Kick, the cigar lacked a bit of transition from first light on, not a bad attribute in the case of the MK, the cigar started out with a bevy of flavors and stayed balanced and complex throughout the entire smoking duration. 

It started right out of the gate and continued to the last. The smoking time was about an 1 hour 40 minutes, give or take as I spent more time in between draws enjoying the unique flavors on the aftertaste. Highly recommended and the box of 10 vitolas is definitely worthy.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Dried Meat/Salted Jerky
  • Leather/Creamy
  • Sweet/Spicy BBQ Glaze
  • Smoked Mesquite Wood Chips
  • Sweet Maple
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Cedar Char
  • Black Table Pepper Dusting
  • Clean White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Black Cherries/Dried Fruit/Caramel Nuance

 


Cigars for review: Purchased (Box 10 Vitolas)

Cigars smoked for review: 3

Cigar Smoke rate: 92

Size: 5-7/8 x 52 (Toro)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Production: 20,000 cigars, Boxes of 10

Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A.

 

 

 

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