I trust that this cigar is one that needs not that much of an introduction, yet later I’ll give you more specifics anyway. Recent winnings from my friends over at The Casual Cigar landed me some great cigars. When the boys found out I hadn’t had the chance to smoke the Mule Kick yet they, in infinite generosity, threw it in as an extra bonus. I, of course, was extremely appreciative, and after smoking it, am even more!
The Crowned Heads, Jon Huber and Mike Conder, are the owners of The Mule Kick. It is manufactured in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and made by the great himself, Ernesto Perez Carrillo. The cigar, as described on their website, www.crownedheads.com , is made from leftover tobacco leaves that were too dark for the original Four Kicks blend, also with some added ligero. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano, the binder Nicaraguan, as well as the filler. The Mule Kick comes in boxes of 10 and is going to be very limited.
Construction and Pre-Light;
The Mule Kick felt like a well constructed cigar. There were a few veins throughout, but the wrapper seams were virtually invisible. A sniff gave some nut notes and soft spice. The foot was of more nutty notes, spice, and a faint sense of cedar. A straight cut to the gorgeous cap and the dry draw offered nutty notes, spice, cedar, and tobacco.
The Mule Kick started off with some pleasant notes of nuts, and spice. This lasted through the first few puffs. A little more into the first third and the cigar developed an exceptionally tasty profile. The nuts became more dominant and added to the mix were notes of cedar. The spice was reserved for the back of the profile.
The second third was another evolution of delicious. The cedar became a more prominent part next to the nutty notes. The two together began to form into an almost peanut buttery sensation. I’m at a loss for words in describing it. An exchange between myself and my buddies from The Casual Cigar left us agreeing on the sensation. They described it as almost a maple syrup feeling, also a great description. The spice was still a player, but I couldn’t wait for each puff to get that peanut buttery sensation, spectacular.
The final third saw the nut notes fade. Left now were the cedar and spice. The spice amped up a bit here and offered that kick I was expecting. No trouble in taking this cigar to the point of lip and finger burns, there weren’t any toothpicks close by.
Draw, Burn, & Ash;
The draw was great. At times I sensed a slight resistance, but nothing that hindered my enjoyment. The burn was just about razor sharp, and he resulting ash was firm and held tight.
The Four Kicks Mule Kick is one that for me is an instant classic. The trouble is finding these limited edition beauties, and rightfully so. The cedar, nuts, and spice form a profile from beginning to end that is absolutely exceptional. The guys over at The Crowned Heads, and Ernesto Carrillo, have hit a grand slam with this one. If I had the chance, spoiler alert, to smoke this in 2012 it would’ve at the very least made my top 5. I’m currently raiding the internet in the hopes of finding at least a box, and have registered for notification of stock on several sites. Yes it’s that good, and yes if you have the chance, pull the trigger! As always I thank you for reading and long ashes to all! -Evan