A Four Kicks with Jon Huber

Jon Huber made a visit to the Cigar Aficionado offices the other day. It had been far too long. Jon had been a principal at C.A.O. International Inc., and he left that company to form Crowned Heads LLC. Jon has been busy working with the rest of the Crowned Heads crew on Four Kicks, their first brand, which debuted late last year.

It’s a fine cigar brand, made by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo in the Dominican Republic. It’s Ernesto’s first brand made under contract for someone else.

Jon was in town to give Greg Mottola and myself a first look at the newest size in the Four Kicks line. In previous blogs I remarked how it was brave and bold for Huber and company to come out with old school cigar sizes that eschew the thick cigars so popular today. This new size, called Selección No. 5, is the thinnest yet.

The cigar is 6 1/2 inches long by 44 ring gauge, which would be classified as a lonsdale in our taste tests. The samples were stunning, really well made with mounted heads, beautifully stretched Ecuadoran Habano wrappers, Nicaraguan binders and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. They were young, but tasty, with almond flavor, with a touch of cedar and nutmeg. As it burned, it grew earthier, and remained very balanced and easygoing.

As we smoked, I turned on the video camera and let Jon describe the Four Kicks philosophy, and to talk some more about the new cigar. Take a look.

Four Kicks had a strong debut in the December 6 Cigar Insider, with an 88, two 90s and a 91-point score for the Corona Gorda. Look for a tasting of this new size, which should be out by mid-April, in an upcoming issue.

Jon had more to say about future plans for Crowned Heads, which you can read about in Tuesday’s Cigar Insider, along with more details about this particular cigar.

Kyle Schrage Nashville, TN, USA, February 16, 2012 3:08pm ET
I gotta say, John and the folks at Crowned Heads are a class act. I work in the Nashville area and their new headquarters is next to a sushi bar I frequent. I opted to stop by, unannounced, and they welcomed me in. We had a quick chat, and I expressed how much I liked these cigars. They were very humble and thankful. Looking forward to the next brand!
chris bomkamp ruther glen, virginia, February 17, 2012 5:40pm ET
I think that the four kicks is arguably the best new cigar line that came out last year. I absolutely love these cigars. Fantastic construction and flavor. All the sizes are wonderful smokes. I can not wait to try the new lonsdale. One of my favorite sizes. Keep up the great work!!
DentureMasters February 19, 2012 2:10am ET
do cigar growers use pesticides on the tobacco leaves?
Thomas Person louisville, KY, USA, February 20, 2012 2:07pm ET
Love the fact that cigar makers are producing various sizes and gauges and giving smokers not just choices but the chance to perhaps break out of the normal rut one often gets stuck in. I know I typically smoke 6 1/2 x 50 of any brand and now I do try much shorter smokes and dare I say a few Lanceros now.
Christian February 21, 2012 9:21pm ET
Love hearing that John is sticks with more classic ring gauges. Anyone who knows anything about cigars knows a smaller gauge can yield a lot more concentrated flavor. Too bad the populous hasn't figured that out yet at most cigar makers are forced to create this ridiculous gauge smokes to satisfy demand. With Ernesto blending I am looking forward to trying these. Good luck John!
George C Commack, NY, USA, February 24, 2012 9:36pm ET
Just bought some Four Kicks at Nat Shermans in NYC. Great smokes and great company......very personable. Thanks Jon and the rest at Crowned Heads. I look forward to future products.

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