Cigar Review: La Sirena

Cigar Review: La Sirena

 

Size: 5×50, The Prince (Robusto)

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano & Nicaraguan Corojo

Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 & Corojo ‘96

Strength: Medium/Full

Price: $8-10 MSRP

Grade: 9.0

La Sirena is a later 2010 release from Miami Cigar & Co and is a collaboration with Don Pepin Garcia, who both blended and manufactured the cigar for MCC. La Sirena translates to mermaid, and this smoke is an eye catcher.

In a press release, Rene Castenada commented, “We are very happy to finally have that full-bodied cigar in our portfolio. We have never produced a full-bodied cigar of out the My Father Cigars factory until now, I am very excited to finally enter this market.” The La Sirena is available in 5 sizes: Sea Sprite (5.5×42), The Prince (5×50), Divine (5.5×52, figurado), King Poseidon (6×60), and Trident (7×50).

Today we toast The Prince, which was provided to us by Miami Cigar & Company, who is a sponsor of Toasted Foot.

Pre-light, 1.8:
As you can see from the pictures, the most noticeable trait of this cigar at first glance is the huge band that adorns the middle two thirds of the smoke. It is a great presentation and the dark wrapper peeking out from the top and bottom really increases the anticipation of the smoke. The cigar itself is very nice with a dark wrapper, a nice triple cap, and no soft spots from head to foot. The pre-light aroma along the wrapper is of leather and earthy tobacco with a hint of pepper spice at the foot. The cold draw produces the same notes with the addition of a few others that I have trouble identifying.

Burn, 1.7:
The burn on the La Sirena is solid for the most part, though it did get a bit uneven on one sample, but it finished strong. The draw is nice and the ash is medium in color and it holds up to the band before I have to knock it off. The cigar smokes a little warm for me, but it is not unpleasant.

Flavor, 2.8:
The first puff on this smoke is solid Nicaraguan tobacco with a super long finish. Going into the first third I find the smoke to be a mixture of earthy tobacco and leather with a peppery finish that is long and dry on the palate. The second third of the cigar opens up a bit with more flavor and a bit more spice on the finish that leaves the inside of my mouth tingling on the exhale. The last third finds The Prince becoming even more dry and, due to this, the spice seems to pick up a bit, but at the every end it retreats; as I nubbed this one out it was back to a solid profile of earthy tobacco with other notes in the background.

 

Overall, 2.7:
To me this is a solid offering from Miami Cigars and Pepin. You can definitely tell it is a Pepin blend and as a fan that is a good thing. This cigar is constructed beautifully and with a nice flavor profile; I think it is a good smoke for the price range offered. I look forward to smoking more of these in the future.

 

(Total: 9.0)