The La Sirena (Spanish for Mermaid or siren) released in late 2010 by the Miami Cigar Company, blended and manufactured by Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia, and made in Garcia’s Tabacalera Cubana in Esteli, Nicaragua. Across five faces, a Corona dubbed the Sea Sprite (today’s review, a 5.5″x42rg); Churchill dubbed the Trident, Robusto dubbed the Prince, a Torpedo dubbed the Divine, and a Gordo dubbed King Poseidon. The blend comes wrapped in a Connecticut Broadleaf capa, double bound in with a Nicaraguan Corojo and a Nicaraguan Habano leaf, and filled with long fillers composed of Nicaraguan Corojo ’98 and Nicaraguan Criollo ’96 leafs. The Sirena is medium-full bodied and full strength cigar; the likes of which I equate to savoring a Padron Family Reserve #45 Maduro at a third to a quarter of the price point of the aforementioned vitola.

The Broadleaf capa smells of anise, butternut squash, cocoa, ginger, hazelnut, licorice, mandarin oranges, tarragon, and white chocolate; the capa tastes of alum, caramel, chestnuts, chili powder, cocoa, dill, espresso beans, hickory, pomegranates, sea salt, and white peppercorns

The toasted foot yields hints of butter cream, caramel, cinnamon, cocoa, hazelnuts, Madeira, mesquite, nutmeg, persimmons, thyme, and white chocolate.

From the lit foot come hints of butter cream, chestnuts, coffee Cubano, dill, dried fennel, ginger root, hazelnuts, mesquite, mocha, oak, paprika, sea salt, tarragon, and white peppercorns.

The ligero cone present roughly a half inch in within ten minutes post lighting, the bone white smoke smells of kale, paprika, and sea salt; the salt and pepper ash rings in one millimeter bands.

The band is a true work of art, simply put that is it’s an immaculate representation of Garcia’s mastery as a tabaquero.

Nearing the three inch mark with a substantial canoe along with a variety of hints including chestnuts, chicory, cocoa, cumin, dill, hickory, jalapeños, kale, mesquite, ouzo, peat, sea salt, thyme, white chocolate, and white peppercorns.

As I mentioned above, this blend is an easy equivalent of the FR#45 Maduro, and roughly at one third the price; another brilliant creation by “Don Pepin” Garcia.

Purchased from on Rockville Pike on June 9th for 8.60$ before sales tax (6%).