The name “Four Kicks” is taken from a song from the band “Kings of Leon” (a band from Huber’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee). The song has a theme of rebellion and in a way, the name fits with the vision of Crowned Heads. Following the acquisition of CAO by General Cigars, Huber and company were caught in the corporate world of spreadsheets and powerpoints. The venture of Crowned Heads is in a way a rebellion against the corporate world – i.e. focusing on the cigars themselves in a small company environment. In a way, for folks who have been familiar with Huber’s innovative marketing at CAO, Crowned Heads marks a change – back to the simplicity of cigar making. From the appearance of the Four Kicks (picture above), the banding is simple and the wrapper has an old school look.
Crowned Heads selected Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. to blend the Four Kicks cigar.
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Funny story about this one. For reasons unknown, this entire box of sublimes were covered in plume. They are only 2, maybe 3, years old, but really for whatever reason, got covered in plume. The box magically appeared in our local shop, and myself and a friend immediate split the box, purchasing it on the spot. I mean, how can you pass up a box of smokes covered in plume? The smoke was a real treat, while the flavors were not as smooth and balanced as one would have thought, this cigar changed up a lot. You get a lot of sublet citrus flavors and sweetness, still coupled with a nice amount of spice. I’d almost be inclined to let these babies age and smoke one every 3-6 months to see how they continue to progress.