Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cigar review: Crowned Heads Mule Kick 2018

I have been doing a walk down memory lane lately, looking back on how long I have been involved in cigars and in writing. All together its been around 34 years. Smoking, writing, selling, buying and even had my own for a while. About fifteen years ago I started on Facebook as GCPuffs and then the website by the same name, before that some articles in magazines under a different name. GCPuffs did well I am very grateful but as you know that site was put to bed for reasons that are my own and Gatornations.com took its place. I started recently to shut it down due to lack of time to spend in it but a very dear friend convinced me not to. I am honored to have met and call friends many in our industry and consider myself lucky. 
Today I’m going through old articles and photos and decided go sit outside with a nice beverage because it is stunningly beautiful out and took with me for the time to spend a fine cigar, a Crowned Heads Mule Kick 2018. Every one is familiar with the story of Mule Kick so lets get to the cigar. 
The wrapper this year is a wonderful Connecticut Habano wrapper that is to me the darkest Mule Kick to date and the pre lit aroma is a tantalizing mix of dark earth and wood with the foot having hints of spice and sweetness. Clipped and lit, it ignites with succulent spice. The smoke is bolder than last year, the flavors of dark earth, aged cedar and spice begin in a dance across the palate. Shortly into the cigar, the music takes off as the indulgent blend shows its colors. The spice is rich and cultured, not abrupt and sharp, the dark earth is enveloped by smoky cedar that flirts with touches of sweetness much akin to that of pecan brittle. 
As I sit complete enthralled by this cigar, I begin looking through old photos from events, IPCR visits and shows. Some are absolutely hysterical if you knew the story of things taking place at the time while some make me smile due to long term friendships with the ones pictured. 
 As the cigar moves into the second third I am yet again thrilled at the balance and immense cavalcade of mouth watering flavors produced. The sweetness remains uniting in harmony with the wood as afore mentioned, the earth as rich as ever but the appearance of a hint of fruit peaked my intense interest. On the retro hale it was as if a faint notice of fresh cut apple could be detected and found it on each draw. Absolutely profound flavor mix that leaves the oral factors in delight.       
Some of the friendships made remain close, and I am thankful for each. There is nothing better than friends who you can talk about anything and laugh at everything with. One night way after a show, four of us sat outside the cigar store feeling pretty good, and all four trying to figure out how to refill a lighter with an empty can, all convinced it was possible due to fumes. I will leave the rest to your imagination.
Taking a long slow draw on this excellent cigar, it moved into the final third where the flavors continued to evolve and morph in boldness and appearance. As I expected and am pleased at, the flavor of leather began to show and this showing through the middle of the accompanying tastes being provided create a parade of well blended and balanced aromas and flavors that indeed bring complete enjoyment. The cigar finishes with a bit more spice and leather but the richness of the flavors still prove themselves. 
If you haven’t  tried Mule Kick 2018 you may want to hurry, I’m sure they won’t last long.


Peace and Smoke,

Gator

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