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La Sirena Merlion Robusto Review
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8/10/2012 1:43:00 PM
La Sirena Merlion Robusto Review

The Merlion, a mythical combo of lion and mermaid, is a new, supposedly more tame, blend of the La Sirena. The literal collaboration of La Aurora and Guillermo Leon and La Sirena's Brand Manager and Part-time Mermaid Arielle Ditkowitch. The combination is both interesting and potentially awesome.. I appreciated the La Sirena for the flat out flavor bomb it was, and I also generally respect La Aurora and Guillermo Leon's ability to blend one hell of a complex, medium body cigar. The Merlion has quite a complex constitution, utilizing six types of tobacco. The milk chocolate colored, silky smooth wrapper is an Ecuadorian Corojo. The binder, Brazilian Sumatra, and the fillers a mix of Nicaraguan Ligero, Brazilian Bahia, Dominican Corojo and Criollo '98 tobaccos. Upon close inspection, it seems they have shrunken the original and unusually large La Sirena band down to a much more proportional size, letting the smoker admire the wonderful looking Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that encases the Merlion. Construction seems to be top notch, the roll is tight and the cigar is well packed and carries some nice heft to it. The pre-light draw has a nice sweet hay and tobacco flavor.

First Third:
After lighting, the first few puffs offer a raisin sweetness, a very mild spice and a wonderful complex floral aroma. It's evident as soon as you light this cigar that it's very well packed, burning very slowly and drawing with just the right amount of resistance. The profile is very clean and enjoyable, with sweet hay and light earthy flavors complimented by a fruitiness that mixes well. The ash is very white and rock solid, the burn line wavers a bit but the complexity of flavor overshadows minor burn issues. The body is mild to medium and right now I'm actually wishing I smoked this earlier in the day. For me, or any cigar smoker who enjoys fuller body cigars and doesn't mind a foray into milder territory, this would be a welcome morning cigar.

Second Third:
I carefully remove the fairly large band to avoid smoking it, and make my way into the second third. The amazingly sturdy ash continues to hang on well past two inches.. Now that I've written that, it'll probably end up in my lap. The smooth flavors continue to progress and deepen, with a leathery background note and some more spicy tart and sweet fruit flavor. If I had to choose I'm guessing it would be a raspberry or cherry flavor, very nice though not overpowering, just enough to keep my attention and continue to deepen the increasingly medium bodied earthy, grassy profile. 

Last Third:
As I smoked my way into the final third, the strength of the Merlion snuck up on me like a Ninja.. This cigar went from a seemingly mild-medium cigar to a sneaky medium-full, must be that Nicaraguan Ligero in the mix. I guess Miami cigar wants you to remember this is still a La Sirena cigar.. The Merlion finished very clean, didn't get hot and remained enjoyable until I was finished with it..

This cigar has a really enjoyable profile and absolutely amazing, Grade A construction and burn properties.. I'm always interested in how a cigar will age and usually take it into consideration while smoking, especially a cigar that I've received relatively off the truck or out of a new box.. The Merlion has a ton of potential for age, while the flavors on this sample were great, I believe a little humidor time would bring them out even stronger, and make it more of a solid medium - full experience. Overall great quality as expected from La Aurora, keep your eye out for the Merlion, I can hands down recommend this, though I would suggest a smoker with some experience under their belt to fully enjoy all the nuance here. Atlantic Cigar should have them as soon as they start arriving in stores.. We'll keep you posted.

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