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”