The Oceano by La Sirena, is the companies first new launch since separating from Miami Cigar Co. This blend is produced at the Quesada factory in the Dominican Republic, as opposed to the La Zona factory, which producing the revamped La Sirena line. I’ve always been intrigued by the La Sirena line, with it’s over the top band, which I think looks great.

Oceano by La Sirena Cigars

Size: 5.5 x 50

Vitola: Indian (Robusto)

Wrapper: Dominican Habano Vuelta Arriba

 Binder: Dominican Criollo

Filler: Dominican Criollo & Nicaraguan

Cigars Smoked for this Review: One

Price Point: $9.50

Cigar Purchased: Sample from La Sirena Cigars

Quick Note: For this review we used the CF rating system. You can view it in detail here.

 

In the prelight, the Oceano performs well. The wrapper is a toothy, medium brown, with tight seams and great exterior construction. The aroma from the unlit cigar is also very pleasant, giving off a marginally sweet tobacco note and a fairly strong, dried tea scent. The cold draw was very dry, giving me a lot of tingle on my lips and tongue. Very spicy, with earthy tobacco and light leather notes.

La Sirena’s Oceano starts off pleasantly enough, except for a fairly tight draw. A nice dry cocoa dominated the beginning, with a spicy tingle at the start. This faded in a dry leather note and the cigar was leaving the back of my throat very dry. The ash was light gray and quite solid, even with some small flowering.

The second third of the Oceano is similar, but does add a few new moves. The dry cocoa returns, but as more of a bitter, dry chocolate. There are intermittent blasts of sweetness, but the main undertones are a dry leather. The draw did finally loosen up some here, so that was a plus, but I had some relights and it was hard to keep lit. The ash holds on alright, but there is a lot of flowering.

The final third had the same flavor profile from the second, and I am starting to feel the strength. I mean a lot. The nicotine buzz I got from the Oceana was crazy. The draw tightened up again, somehow, and I had to relight a few more times.

In the end, I was disappointed. The flavors just did not  impress me and the bad burn issues really killed it for me. Paired with the extreme nicotine buzz, I just wouldn’t want to  purchase these. No need to go any further, I just didn’t like it, and the $9.50 price point doesn't help.

Rating: 79 AKA “Muchin’ Buddies”

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Comment by Mickey irratebass on October 3, 2014 at 8:08am

Bummer you didn't like it, was curious about these when Arielle told me she was making a spicy one. Wonder how it will do with 6month  to a years rest. That's how the Sea Sprite was for me, hated it when it was 1st released let it rest and was tasty, the Sealion I liked right off the bat though.

Nice review either way.


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Comment by 007MI6 on October 3, 2014 at 8:27am

Thanks man. Rest might be the cure for this cigar, but I can tell you the 3 months in my humi weren't enough. lol Have to revisit down the road and see if it can't redeem itself, seems to me it should be much better. Arielle's other cigars are much better, and I love Quesada, so I know it's not the factory. Seems time may be the factor here.


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Comment by Mickey irratebass on October 3, 2014 at 10:03am

It's a shame that some cigars need so much rest to bring it to their full potential, just like cc's, oh well I will not be seeking this one out just yet

Comment by Charlie on October 3, 2014 at 10:52am

This blend is too much like a Quesada cigar and I think they should have blended it differently (IMO). I am not a huge Dominican Puro fan so if I were to buy any La Sirena cigars it would be their La Zona rolled stuff.


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Comment by 007MI6 on October 3, 2014 at 1:13pm

I like the La Zona rolled line better too. And I do not lean towards DR puros either. But, I do like all the Quesada's I have had thus far.

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