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Stogie Reviews: La Sirena Trident

8 Nov 2010

On Friday we announced that La Sirena, a new blend from Miami Cigar & Co., would officially debut in Chicago this month. That makes today as good as any to review my pre-release samples.

Blended by Don Pepin Garcia, La Sirena is the first full-bodied creation to come out of Miami Cigar’s partnership with My Father Cigars. It features a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper, a dual binder of habano and corojo Nicaraguan tobaccos, and Nicaraguan fillers comprised of criollo ’98 corojo ’96 leaves.

La Sirena is Spanish for “mermaid.” Not content with traditional names, each of the line’s five sizes sports an ocean-inspired moniker: Sprite (5.5 x 42), The Prince (5 x 50), Divine (5.5 x 52), King Poseidon (6 x 60), and Trident (7 x 50). They retail in the $8-10 range.

The Trident is a spongy, rustic-looking cigar with a clean cap and bold pre-light notes of powdered cocoa and earth off the foot. Toothy and oily, the cigar cuts neatly to reveal an easy draw. Establishing an even burn takes hardly any effort.

The initial flavor is of dark chocolate, coffee, and black pepper. I’d describe the profile as lacking in strength yet medium- to full-bodied. It tastes as though it was blended to deliver big taste with little bite—an effect for which many cigar makers strive but few successfully achieve.

Moving into the second third, the Trident gradually increases in spice. Flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate become prevalent. Here, the texture of the smoke becomes chalkier and more voluminous with every puff.

That carries over into the final third, a segment of the cigar that, thankfully, doesn’t become overly bitter or meaty. That’s when I start to take note of this Estelí-made cigar’s outstanding construction. The burn is even, the draw clear, and the white ash holds firm off the foot.

All things considered, this is a fine addition to the Miami Cigar portfolio, and one that’s well-suited to the cold winter months. I award the La Sirena Trident four stogies out of five.

[To read more cigar reviews, please click here.]

Patrick A

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6 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: La Sirena Trident”

  1. dmjones1009 Monday, November 8, 2010 at 4:08 am #

    First full-bodied blend? I always thought the Special Selection was pretty full-bodied, especially in the Oscuro wrapper.

    At any rate, Miami Cigar & Co. has definitely been extra-busy this year…they've introduced more lines in the last 10 months than some cigar companies have in total!

  2. Patrick A Monday, November 8, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    Just for clarification:

    In the eyes of Rene Casteñeda, vice president of sales for Miami Cigar, La Sirena is the first-full-bodied smoke to come out of the My Father Cigars/Miami Cigar partnership: “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,” he said in a recent press release.

  3. Todd Monday, November 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Sounds good. Are they unbanded?

  4. Patrick A Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    @Todd — No, they are not un-banded. Since I smoked pre-release samples for this review, the one pictured didn't come with a band. Click here if you're interested in seeing what the band looks like.

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