First released in 2011, Four Kicks marked the debut release from the Nashville-based Crowned Heads. The company drew inspiration from Nashville’s music scene; namely, “Four Kicks” by Kings of Leon, citing the lyrics:
You with your switchblade posse
I’ll get my guns from the south
We’ll take to the yard like a cock fight
Four kicks, who’s strutting now?
In the years following, the Four Kicks brand has remained among the best-selling selections from Crowned Heads, including multiple spinoffs such as the limited-edition Four Kicks Mule Kick, Four Kicks Maduro, and the 2020 introduction of the Four Kicks Capa Especial.
This cigar traces its roots back to the original Four Kicks blend, being one of three cigars vying for the eventual Four Kicks debut. At the time, Crowned Heads founders Jon Huber and Mike Conder had split opinion with Master Blender Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, who would be producing the cigars at his factory in the Dominican Republic. Where the eventual choice for Four Kicks utilized an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over an all-Nicaraguan core, Carrillo’s favored blend featured an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and a touch of Dominican tobacco within the filler.
Nine years after the Four Kicks cigar debuted, Carrillo’s choice was added to the portfolio with the introduction of Four Kicks Capa Especial.
Four Kicks Capa Especial Robusto Breakdown
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Filler: Nicaragua | Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. (Dominican Republic)
- Production: Regular Production
- Vitola: 5″ × 50 (Robusto)
- Price: $9.35 (MSRP)
Four Kicks Capa Especial was released in three formats, each packaged in boxes of 24 cigars:
- Corona Gorda: 5⅝” x 46 | $8.65 (MSRP)
- Robusto: 5″ x 50 | $9.35 (MSRP)
- Sublime: 6″ x 54 | $9.95 (MSRP)
The Four Kicks Capa Especial is packaged in similar boxes to the cigar’s predecessors, offering a new color scheme with white boxes and blue graphics. This carries through to the bands, which are royal blue renditions of the original layout.
The Sumatra wrapper is a shade darker than the standard Colorado hue, showing a decent amount of tooth, well-placed seams, and subtle bumps protruding from the binder beneath. The cigar feels slightly lighter in weight than expected, though the bunch looks to be medium-plus or medium-full in density form the foot. On the nose, the wrapper gives off notes of generic barnyard musk and sweet cedar. The foot has clean aromas of cedar and a touch of caramel. With a cut, the pre-light draw seems to be spot-on, having notes of aromatic cabinet spices and a more precise herbaceous thyme quality.
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Capa Especial doesn’t explode out of the gate, as many such blends are prone to. Instead, the cigar is clean and reserved, with candy-like sweetness. With time, the profile adds mixed nuts and a tingling spice on the tongue and retrohale—somewhere along the lines of red pepper flakes, though not particularly fiery.
The draw is only a tick firmer than medium, bringing out a generous amount of smoke on each puff. This leads to a somewhat dry texture on the palate, showing a medium-plus flavor and medium body and strength. The aforementioned spice is essentially gone by the one-inch mark, leaving behind a soft sweetness on the tongue after each draw. I’d liken this to the powdery dust on SweeTARTS candy (i.e. before the tart kicks in). Smoke hits the palate primarily in the sweet and salt receptors, with a touch of bitterness and umami following through the finish. Added flavors come in the form of light caramel with a hint of saltiness.
It’s a clean and balanced experience overall, showing sweetness, cream, and tartness without any overpowering ingredient. Through the halfway point and beyond, the flavor output teeters between medium and medium-plus, with body and strength pulling back to mild-medium levels. Differing from the candy-like sweetness of before, this element now comes across more as Demerara sugar, having more of a caramelized influence to it. There is a milky quality to be found as well, which, when joined by the occasional tanginess, comes across like buttermilk. This eventually loses the tanginess and builds to more of a sweet Reddi-wip flavor, complete with the oily sensation left behind.
As the cigar progresses, the dry texture becomes more mouthwatering. Sweet and herbaceous, tea-like flavors flirt in and out; when combined with the cigar’s cream components, this can come across like a sweetened matcha tea. But the robusto’s final stretch hints at a return of spice. The profile darkens slightly, showing earth, anise, and dark-toasted bread—none coming across as bitter or harsh, as just enough sweetness carries the flavors through to the end.
Would I Smoke This Cigar Again?
Yes. Admittedly, it’s been awhile since I’ve smoked the original Four Kicks cigar; but, from memory, I’d peg this as being lighter in body, sweeter, and more clean in profile. It’s a very balanced, pleasing experience that could and should be added to the rotation without hesitation.
- Four Kicks Capa Especial was awarded Cigar Dojo’s No. 8 Cigar of the Year for 2020.
- Personally, it’s a tossup between this and the original Four Kicks, with both ranking a few points above the Four Kicks Maduro.
- Recently, Crowned Heads’ National Sales Manager, Miguel Schoedel, spoke more in-depth on this cigar and the Mil Días cigar on an episode of Smoke Night LIVE.
- I have yet to try the corona gorda or Sublime size in the line.
- Each of the three sizes released are found in the original Four Kicks line.
- The cigar smoked for photographs started out with a perfect draw but became increasingly tight throughout the experience.
- I originally listed this cigar as medium-full in body when ranking for Cigar of the Year, but I’d now peg it much lighter in intensity.
- Flavor: Medium-Plus
- Strength: Mild-Medium
- Body: Mild-Medium
- Candy sweetness
- Light caramel
- Demerara sugar
- Smoke Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
- Pairing Recommendation: Matcha highball | Coffee with Baileys Irish Cream | Wheated bourbon
- Purchase Recommendation: 10-pack
- Balanced creamy sweetness makes this an everyday smoking candidate
- Great price point
- Voluminous smoke output
- Quick burner
- Somewhat one-noted in overall profile