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Quick Smoke: La Sirena Merlion Robusto

18 Jul 2019

A couple times each week we’ll post a Quick Smoke: not quite a full review, just our brief verdict on a single cigar of “buy,” “hold,” or “sell.”

There’s no telling how long this Merlion Robusto had been resting in one of my humidors before I fired it up recently. But I guess you have to hand it to its obnoxiously large band (two bands, actually); once the cigar came into view, it caught my eye. The Robusto (5 x 50) retails for about $9 and sports an Ecuadorian wrapper around a Brazilian binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. The flavor is dry and a bit salty. I can pick out notes of oak, café au lait, white pepper, and warm tobacco. Construction is solid, but I am stopping short of a full recommendation since the taste hits my palate in a way that’s too straightforward and too dry for my liking.

Verdict = Hold.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

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