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Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 15 March 2002

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Why another Neptune? Why not, we liked it the first time and went back for seconds. Why another Neptune? Why not, we liked it the first time and went back for seconds. Will the Neptune Oceanides Corona have as rosy of a review as the Naides we reviewed in December of 1999? Hang on, we'll let you know. We have never seen a Neptune Cigar available in a tobacco shop, but don't let that defer you from buying these cigars. They are readily available from the Neptune Cigar website, and as you'll see when checking them out, the price is right. If a cigar scored all its points on presentation and looks, Neptune would be a leap ahead of the cigar masses. These lightly tanned beauties come in a gorgeous sea green box, complete with humidifier, and cigar cutter. Nice touch, your ready to go when you unpack them. Its also nice to know that Neptune ships faster than John Rocker running in from the bullpen at Shea stadium. Construction is nice in the Neptune Oceanides, the burn is very even, and the wrapper is devoid of flaws. Again, more points in the presentation department. Neptune is not the cigar to turn to if your looking for deep aggressive tastes. The reviewers who noted their affection for stronger cigars all mentioned the Neptune as a bit weak in the flavor department. One of our reviewers aptly coined the Neptune Oceanides as a great "breakfast cigar". Best with a big bowl of oatmeal I suppose. One of the better quotes we received stated, "This cigar excels at what I call the ""small points"" - aroma, construction, burn, but lacks much in the way of complexity or intriguing flavor." There was a "tinny" taste noted in some of the samples, but that cleared up in trying a few more. Some reviewers also noted an unusually long aftertaste in a few, but not all of the cigars. This was curious for a lighter bodied cigar. Not some of the "7 deadly sins", but distracting from the smoking experience. Ultimately, it's hard to knock a $3.00 cigar that delivers in a majority of the categories. If you evaluate this with other cigars in its price range, it soars to the top. Wanting to compare it with some of the more expensive boutique cigars is understandable, but probably not reasonable. I would liken it to making the Minnesota Twins play in the MLB, instead of the AAA. Whoops, they are a Major League team, just not comparable. Due to some of the flavor inconsistencies mentioned above, the Oceanides did not do quite as well as its Robusto brother the Naides, but we have a hard time overlooking the "bang for the buck" in the Neptune Oceanides. Vital Statistics: Shape = Corona Length =5 3/4" Ring Gauge = 42 Wrapper = Connecticut Filler = Dominican Binder =Dominican Estimated Cost = $3.25



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