A few weeks ago we reviewed this very cigar in the Corona Gorda size, but a few people have asked me how the cigar smokes in the Robusto format. Since at times it’s difficult to decide what to review we are open to requests from you, the people (said in my best Bane impersonation). The Four Kicks Maduro is the long awaited follow-up to the original Four Kicks line which was the first under the Crowned Heads moniker.
Cigar Review: Four Kicks Maduro
Wrapper: Connecticut Habano Maduro
Ring Gauge: 50
The Look: The Four Kicks Maduro comes packaged in a matte box that reminds me of clay tiles. Inside, the twenty-four cigars feature the same binder and fillers as the original release with the exception of the Connecticut Habano Maduro wrapper which is both oily and veiny. The black, white and gold band has a familiar feel not only in the shape which matches the original release, but also the color scheme of another cigar brand. In the hand the cigar has a gritty feel, average weight and no soft spots.
The Notes: With the cigar clipped there are notes of warm chocolate cake and a subtle ginger cookie component. The aroma off the foot has a hint of sweetness to it with an abundance of cedar. Once the cigar is fully lit the initial note of the cigar is leathery, but that quickly gives way to a familiar note of flourless chocolate cake that was experienced on the Corona Gorda. The first third rounds out with leather nuances, subtle leather and a touch of nutmeg.
The second third sees the leather components of the flavor profile more to the forefront as it becomes dominant on the palate. The sweetness of the first third is a distant memory at this time, as the cigar also sees some bitter espresso notes. The retrohale of the cigar sees a touch of licorice appear along with a bit of cedar.
The last third of the Four Kicks Maduro sees the leather notes remain, but there is a subtle chocolate nuance along with some bitter espresso. The retrohale has some spice to it and the cigar has a long leathery finish.
The Finish: The Corona Gorda vs Robusto is similar, but different in their own aspects. I found the Corona Gorda to offer some more sweetness where as the Robusto was stronger. Which one would I choose? The Corona Gorda after lunch, the Robusto or Robusto Extra after dinner. If you like a bit more kick, go up in ring gauge, if you like the subtle sweetness, keep it thin.
Price: $9.79 / $207.99