If you are not familiar with the La Sirena (‘the mermaid’ in Spanish) brand of premium handmade Nicaraguan cigars, then you don’t know what you are missing. They are very rich, flavorful, full-bodied smokes that will rock your palate, for sure.
Currently, La Sirena has two blends, the La Sirena original and the Merlion. This review is on the original.
Up until recently Miami Cigar Co. handled the distribution of La Sirena Cigars, but since January, 2014 La Sirena has taken over its own distribution as it sets sail on its independent voyage around the world. The La Sirena blend continues to be handcrafted in Nicaragua by Pepin and Jaime Garcia of the My Father Cigar S.A. factory in Esteli.
When I first met La Sirena I was blown away by her glamorous evening gown of a wrapper that covered nearly 70 percent of her firm 5 x 50 frame. Extremely dark, well-aged Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro flesh seductively peeped out from underneath her colorful, eye-catching outer garment. Her alluring body was impeccable – well packed, hefty and without flaw from head to toe. My ambitions got to the best of me. I quickly disrobed my glamorous beau to reveal a skimpy undergarment that read “La Sirena”. Her dual binder of Nicaraguan Habano and Nicaraguan Corojo enveloped Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Nicaraguan Corojo ’96 fillers.
Her pre-lighted perfume of barnyard and coffee whetted my appetite until the cold draw of sweet fruits and chocolate revealed even more elicit temptations. Not wasting any more precious time, I warmed her well-packed foot with a gentle toast and softly kissed her shoulder.
The initial few puffs were pleasant and memorable. She offered notes of sweet fruit, chocolate, and coffee with a bit of spice. Not overpowering by any means, but a pleasant peppery spice that left me yearning for more. I like my Latinas with a little spicy ‘tude. It adds a little extra enjoyment to the night. As I worked my way down this well-constructed bombshell, I fully devoted myself to her savory, spicy flavors.
The second third of our rendezvous really started to heat up. The middle of this dame produced some delectable, complex flavors that screamed, ‘WOW’. She started to feel real comfortable with me and opened up her flavor profile beautifully. I soaked in all the savory flavors of chocolate, coffee, pepper, and oak. The pepper continued in the forefront but notes of sweetness lingered on the back end. The smoke was creamy and chewy to compliment her flavors perfectly. This heartthrob offers more than just physical beauty. She packs some serious depth and richness to her profile. Her complex flavors coat the palate like a snuggly blanket on a frigid winter’s day.
The smoke output was impeccable and aromatic. Billowing clouds of thick creamy smoke danced about my cigar cave. This little lady was the perfect date – maintenance free. A razor sharp char line that produced a tight, dark charcoal colored ash that grew to about two inches and didn’t need a single touch up. In fact, I only had to ash twice through the entire tryst.
The final third of our evening together continued nicely. The night cap revealed more robust and hearty flavors of coffee, chocolate and spice. Her feisty personality became a little bolder. Like many full flavored Latinas, the flavors grew stronger as I approached the nub. However, she continued to leave a long, clean finish on my palate that didn’t ‘nuke’ my taste buds or ruin the reputation of this delectable Nicaraguan.
Many former admirers of La Sirena have said that she is of full strength and full body. I disagree. I would categorize her more as a lady of medium strength, but certainly full of flavor. I think the La Sirena blend is perfect for a longer vitola than this robusto that I smoked. The amazing flavors that appeared in the middle of the cigar would last even longer in the Churchill vitola (Trident). I didn’t want the middle of our date to end, it was that good.
This cigar is right up there with the best of the best. I truly enjoyed the La Sirena and highly recommend it to those who love a full flavored cigar. She is well constructed, offers a flavor profile that is to die for and emits plumes of smoke that smell just as good as she tastes. Arielle, president and founder of La Sirena, is a huge proponent of the B&Ms so be sure to grab a stick the next time you see this bombshell gracing the shelves of your local tobacconist. You can’t miss her with the glitz and glam that bejewels her wrapper.
I paired this stick with a Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Aged scotch. The pairing was heavenly. The aged filler tobaccos of the cigar paired beautifully with the aged scotch.
La Sirena Cigars
Blended by My Father Cigars – Pepin and Jamie Garcia
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Dual (Nicaraguan) Habano and Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Nicaraguan Corojo ‘96
Strength: Medium – Full