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Crowned Heads Le Careme Hermoso No.1  61/2 * 48
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For all the people who like me love a fantastic dessert after a meal, or a good cigar with their morning coffee. Have I got a surprise for you all. Enter the Crowned Heads Le Carême Hermoso No. 1, named after French Chef extraordinaire Marie Antoine Carême who perfected the souffle in the mid 1800’s. This Cigar sports a USA Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with an Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder and Nicaraguan Filler. The cold draw confirms my assumptions of this being a cigar just for my palette giving me hints of chocolate and leather and a bit of pepper, making me not want to wait any longer to spark this treat up. The first third is a blast of sweetness from notes of dried fruit, chocolate, and just a good amount of black pepper to my liking. The second third gives more of the same chocolatey goodness along with hints of cocoa and a small dash of vanilla from time to time, this part is the crème de la crème if you ask me, as it has the perfect combination of chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, and leather. The last third continued with the same notes adding a bit more earth and pepper, tuning down the overload of sweetness a bit and adding more strength to the cigar. Construction was ideal, a couple touch-ups were needed, but nothing out of the ordinary. After smoking this cigar I now understand its name. This is a souffle of a cigar and a near perfect one too! I would categorize this cigar as a medium-bodied cigar. Perfect to pair with a morning coffee or a good afternoon scotch. Get them while they are hot! Picked on 04/05/2022
HVC Black Friday 2021 Short Toro 43/8 * 54
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Finding something new to break into my everyday cigars is always a fun hobby. For months I have been looking, but, I think today, after getting a recommendation from one of our wonderful Neptune Customers, I have come across a worthy contender. The HVC Black Friday 2021 edition, who doesn’t love Black Friday, right? HVC makes a Black Friday edition cigar every year with different blends and sizes, but this year's version is the cream of the crop in my opinion. This beautiful Nicaraguan cigar sports a USA Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and it just has the appearance of one of those cigars I tend to love. The cold draw gives me hints of chocolate, leather and pepper, making me already quite satisfied with my selection. The first couple of puffs show a good amount of pepper and spice but soon fade out as notes of chocolate and coffee soon follow. The retrohale is peppery, and I do think the draw is a bit tight but not anything that will cause a problem. The smoke output is great and the flavors stay consistent with pepper, chocolate, caramel, leather, and a good amount of creaminess near the end that just makes it flow perfectly. The cigar does get a bit hot near the end so I would recommend not smoking it too fast. This cigar is more of a medium-bodied full flavored cigar. Drinking a good Stout Beer would be the absolute perfect pairing for this stick. As my friend said MAMA MIA! Perfect flavor, great smoke output, and AMAZING price. I recommend getting some fast before they sell out since there is no guarantee they will stick around forever! Picked on 02/24/2022
Liga Undercrown 10 Corona Viva 5 * 43
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Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of Drew Estate, especially their Liga lines, so when I heard that the Liga Undercrown 10 was released I was more than ecstatic. The Undercrown 10 celebrates a decade of dedication; the Undercrown brand is known as the brand that was "Born on the Factory Floor" and celebrates its 10 years with this Cigar. This cigar just looks perfect, and it comes in the wonderful Corona Viva size that I love. The blue and gold emblem and my favorite wrapper, the beautiful and oily Mexican San Andreas Maduro Wrapper. Lighting this baby up and right off the bat hit with the peppery and spicy start that I have come to expect from the Undercrown line, albeit this one definitely shows a bit more power. But notes of leather and chocolate are right behind it making the flavor perfect. Near the second third I get hints of vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, leather, and a good amount of pepper as well. These stay consistent all the way to the end, making me want to smoke it all the way to the nub. This definitely is on the stronger side, a full body full flavor cigar that I would recommend having after a good meal, but an absolutely MUST try. A good scotch or whiskey with this is the best pairing, one of my new go-to cigars for its incredible price and taste. Picked on 02/11/2022
Flor de las Antillas Maduro Torpedo 61/8 * 52
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The only right way to start the new brand new year? Smoking an extraordinary cigar, and the Flor De Las Antillas Maduro Torpedo is just that. This Cigar shows its elegance with its Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that makes all dark chocolate lovers like myself mouths water. Removing it from the cellophane gives an instant aroma of fruitiness. The cold draw is a fantastic mixture of cocoa and earthiness, and after lighting it up the first few puffs are just the same with a taste of berries joining the mix and just the right amount of spice. The draw and burn are just perfect from the start with no issues occurring at all; the cigar also gives a wonderful hint of coffee right at the start of the second third and is then followed up by more cocoa and fruitiness which are perfectly balanced for my tasting. All the way from the Final Third to the nub the cigar was perfectly balanced with spice, fruitiness, and cocoa as well as some leather. I would say it was the perfect combination all throughout. This stick is a medium-full bodied cigar and I would definitely pair it with a nice Rum, but it is without a doubt one of the best cigars for its price! Picked on 01/06/2022
Liga Undercrown Maduro Flying Pig 4 * 60
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The Liga Undercrown Maduro Flying Pig draws attention just from its shape, who doesn’t love a flying pig! This blend was made by the rollers at Drew Estate to be similar to the Liga Privada line since they were not allowed to smoke the Liga Privada cigars, and then tweaked to perfect the blend. This beautiful looking cigar has an oily Mexican San Andreas Maduro Wrapper, which just happens to be my favorite wrapper making it a huge plus. The beautiful blue and gold Undercrown band just makes it seem like this cigar is going to be royalty just by the look of it. As soon as I lit this cigar I already knew it was just that, notes of dark chocolate and a bit of pepper right off the start, with an amazing amount of smoke output as well. The cigar transitions into a bit of earthiness in the middle, but the chocolate notes are still there with a hint of cocoa. As the cigar hits the end a bit of what seems like vanilla and the pepper comes back but nothing to harsh to my taste. This cigar I would say is medium to full body with AMAZING taste and smoke output definitely a must try. Drew Estate never disappoints, get it today before the pigs fly away! Picked on 12/10/2021
EP Carrillo Encore Valientes 61/8 * 52
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Walking through the aisles of Neptune to choose what to smoke is a challenge in and of itself with so many amazing options. However, the EP Carrillo Encore Valientes caught my eye. Its name and the illustrious EP Carrillo Brand made it a must try. Valientes means brave in Spanish and that alone made me want to pick it up and give it a smoke. This beautiful torpedo shaped cigar comes in a Nicaraguan wrapper, binder, and filler! After lighting it up, I got remnants of fruitiness and spice after the first couple of puffs. The first third was sweet with a small hint of vanilla and woodiness and small amounts of spice. As it transitioned into the second third, I started to feel some cinnamon and some baking spices, but the earthiness was still there, the smoke output was just right. The draw was perfect albeit I had a little trouble keeping the cigar lit. Going into the final third, I got some hints of vanilla again, but it had gone more towards baking spices along with some creaminess. This cigar was definitely a medium-bodied smoke with an amazing combination of flavors and aroma that just left me wanting more. I would keep a flame nearby as I caught myself having to relight it a couple times. A must have cigar, one of my new favorites from EP Carrillo. If you are feeling "Valiente" enough a nice glass of bourbon would be an excellent addition to enhance the already amazing flavors! Picked on 10/09/2021
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