We caught up with a slightly tired Jon Huber in the cozy Crowned Heads booth nearing the end of day two at IPCPR this year. He shows us the popular new Four Kicks Maduro, which is the same blend as the original Four Kicks, except with a Connecticut Habano wrapper. Jon mentions another extension to Four Kicks, called Black Belt Buckle, which is a shop exclusive to clarify the difference. Black Belt Buckle has a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Four Kicks Maduro has a Connecticut Habano wrapper. Four Kicks will initially be available in four sizes: Corona Gorda, Robusto, Sublime, and Robusto Extra. The cigar will retail in the $8 to $11 range and will ship in late August.
We talk about the Luminosa which soft-launched last year in two sizes, but didn’t get wide market exposure. This year they’re treating it like a new release with four sizes: Petite Corona, Robusto, Toro and Churchill. The medium-ish blend featuring a Connecticut Shade wrapper fits what the company saw was a missing spot in their portfolio. Jon recommends the Petite Corona with a cup of coffee in the morning. You can expect to pay between $7 and $8 for the Luminosa, plus applicable taxes, of course.
We also chat a little bit about how the FDA situation has affected the way Crowned Heads has done business both this year and last. He has a lot to say about it the matter, but they’re optimistic. In fact, they’ve already reserved a bigger booth for IPCPR next year, and they’ve hired additional staff.