Next month, Crowned Heads will add the first new vitola to the Four Kicks line in more than three years.
The new size is a 7 1/2 x 38 lancero that is being produced exclusively for Houston, Texas-based STOGIES World Class Cigars as part of the store’s H-Town Series, which is comprised of 10 different lanceros from 10 different manufactures. The lancero is the first regular production line-extension to the Four Kicks line since the addition of the Robusto Extra in 2012 and joins six other vitolas: Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46), Robusto (5 x 50), Sublime (6 x 54), Piramide (6 1/8 x 52), Selección No.5 (6 1/2 x 44) and Robusto Extra (5 1/2 x 56).
“Jorge (Ahued, co-owner of STOGIES) had approached us a while back about doing a store-exclusive for his ‘H-Town’ series of lanceros'” wrote Jon Huber, co-owner of Crowned Heads, in an email to halfwheel. “We began playing around with the Four Kicks blend in a traditional lancero vitola and felt really good about how it smoked, so it fit the bill perfectly.”
The new size keeps the same blend as the rest of the Four Kicks line: an Ecuadorian habano wrapper covering binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. In addition, the lancero is also being produced at the same factory, Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. in the Dominican Republic. There will be a total of 6,000 cigars packaged in 12-count boxes in the first run, but STOGIES will be able to receive additional production as needed. Each cigar will retail for $8.95.
With the addition of the Four Kicks H-Town, the series now includes seven releases, including the Room101 Namakubi Ecuador H-Town, La Palina H-Town, Fratello H-Town, Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town, Quesada España H-Town and the Tatuaje Exclusive Series H-Town.
According to Huber, the first batch of Four Kicks H-Town cigars will ship to STOGIES on Oct. 5.