Our Score (2.5 / 5)


  • RH – 70% for 5 Weeks
  • MSRP – $10.95
  • Smoke Time – 1 Hour and 30 minutes
  • Wrapper – Connecticut (Habano)
    • Binder – Nicaraguan
    • Filler – Nicaraguan
    • Length – 5.88
    • Ring Gauge – 52

Initial Reactions and Appearance

Mule Kick 2018 impresses with a blemish-free, dark wrapper.  The scent draws you in with a pleasant dark chocolate, earthy smell, and the unlit draw delivers a chocolate flavor. Based on these first impressions, I am looking forward to smoking this. 

First Third

While the draw is very easy, the first few puffs are extremely bitter.  There are some nice subtle hints of earthiness and coffee but they are too overpowered by bitterness. After the initial puffs, the bitterness begins to fade slightly on the retrohale, and the taste of coffee becomes more apparent.  As the bitterness continues to subside, a very nice woody flavor comes out toward the end of the first third. Unfortunately, the still-present bitter taste really takes away from the nicer flavors.

Second Third

Into the second third, the bitterness is still apparent and there is more pepper on the retrohale. The ash held well on my stick, but the cigar had to be relit after only a minute of not puffing. As the smoke progresses, the bitterness continues to slowly go away.  After needing another relight, the cigar starts to give off a sweeter flavor.

Final Third

The final third of the smoke is definitely more enjoyable than the first two. The bitterness has finally completely faded, and what remains is a satisfying combination of sweet and chocolate flavors that are stronger than they were before. With absolutely no bitterness toward the end, the final third of the stick has completely turned the experience around and is giving off nothing but smoothness and sweetness.

Would I Smoke Mule Kick Limited Edition 2018 Again?

No. The amount of problems with this cigar make it not worth the price.  One issue might be that 70% is too high for this stick. I did dry box one sample for a day, but it might require a 3 day dry box. I would also note that there is not a lot of nicotine in this stick. There is a chance I will revisit Four Kicks Mule Kick Limited Edition 2018 in a year, but I will not be smoking it again in the near future.

 

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