Cigar Reviews

Miami Cigars – La Sirena Prince (100% iPhone Review)

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First off, this review was written 100%, and photos were shot 100% on the iPhone. I didn’t have my laptop or camera so I decided to try to see if I could do a whole review using my phone. So…What I am trying to say is…Don’t make fun of my crappy pictures. I know this review is late but I have actually been out of commission the last week. I have actually been prone to a very severe gout attack. It’s getting better but this also means, no pairing. I’m sure Daniel won’t be pleased to hear about that. This review of Miami Cigar’s La Sirena was paired with a nice, tall, glass of water. Hopefully in the next week or so I will be back up to par and pairing with some nice craft beer.

Miami Cigars La Sirena

The Good Stuff: The La Sirena is one of the newest blends Miami Cigar Co. has pumped out, Alongside the New York Exclusive La Aurora Broadway which I reviewed here. Miami Cigar had a remarkable year releasing not only a ton of new blends, but some of the best we have had yet. If you hadn’t seen it already we had decided that the La Sirena actually topped out list of best cigars for 2010. The La Sirena cigar is produced in the My Father Factory and is the first full bodied blend that Pepin has actually created for Miami Cigar. The cigar starts with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper securing an all Nicaraguan Binder and Filler.

Miami Cigars La Sirena

These cigars were purchased from out good friends of at Bonita Smoke Shop. She still has plenty in stock. If you can’t get your hands on these sticks be sure to check here. The size I will be doing the review of is called “The Prince” (robusto) and runs about $9 a stick.

Size: 5 x 50  –  Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf  – Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan  – Body: Full

Prelight: The first thing anyone notices about the La Sirena is the band. Its tough to overlook. The damn thing is HUGE. I don’t mind it much, but I’m not sure if it will actually turn smokers off more than attract them. It does have some awesome shelf appearance though. The band is about 85% the height of the body of the cigar sporting a very nautical look with a ship’s wheel, an anchor and a silver mermaid medallion encrusted within the luxurious gold, silver, blue, purple, teal, and red band. The Mermaid on the medallion looks a bit strange, almost like a skeleton, robot, Indian chief mermaid. The banner that sports the “La Sirena” label actually reminds me a lot of the same typeface Iron Maiden uses. This gives it a few brownie points in my book. Outside of the band (which can be a little hard to get over) the La Sirena sports absolutely perfect construction. It’s a bulky little robusto with a few larger veins, a very firm wrapper and toothy wrapper, capped off with a smooth rounded double cap. The wrapper is a very deep, milk chocolate and is perfectly consistent until you reach the cap which is just a shade lighter than the body of the cigar.

Miami Cigars La Sirena

The La Sirena gives off a very strong barnyard/hay smell from the wrapper leading up to a very dough, spicy scent given off at the foot of the cigar. The cap put up a bit of a fight, but in the end clipped clean using my palio double bladed cutter. The cold draw gives off a really deep, tobacco flavor with hints of cinnamon and spice.

Miami Cigars La Sirena

First Smoke: The La Sirena took a little extra effort to get a comfortable burn started, but once it did the cigar took off. The cigar starts off with the infamous pepper we have all learned to expect with any Pepin blended cigar. The pepper was very light, only enough to tease the lips and tongue before quickly fading. What was left was this very smooth, sweet, woodsy cinnamon flavor. The draw on the La Sirena is very easy and laid back producing a very thick cloud of lingering smoke. The cigar produces an average amount of extremely pleasant, spicy, cedar scented stationary smoke. The burn started off a bit wavy but quickly corrected itself. The ash was a beautiful, tightly compacted light gray. It only held on for a little over an inch, but as you can see in this next picture, it probably would have held on quite a bit longer if the gigantic ass band didn’t push the ash away from the cigar. I wanted to keep the band on as long as I could, just too see what would happen. It didn’t really make an impact on the experience at all outside of forcing the ash off early. The best part about this band is it is extremely thin on the reverse side making it a cinch to remove.

Miami Cigars La Sirena

Halfway There: Halfway through the La Sirena and the best way to describe this cigar thus far, is smooth. This cigar is supposed to have more body than most of the other cigar Miami Cigars has in their portfolio, but it’s not really showing as much as you would thing. Sure the body is up there, but nothing compared to other Pepin blended full-bodied cigars. The pepper is completely gone at this point and the woodsy, spice is still there with a very strong sweetness and clove being thrown into the mix. The retrohale on this cigar is amazing coating my nasal passage with the wonderful sweet cedar, paired with a bit of bittersweet chocolate.

Miami Cigars La Sirena

Finish: The body began to ramp up a bit in the final third of the La Sirena, but still nothing to write home about. The cigar is still incredibly smooth and is one of the few cigars that actually seems to get smoother as you get closer to the finish. The cinnamon is still there, but not as strong followed up by the wood, a bit of earthyness, sweet tobacco, clove, and a bit of espresso creeping in. This cigar smokes pretty fast, only taking about an hour to finish. There was no harshness whatsoever towards the final inch, if anything it finished the opposite with this very sweet honey flavor coming in just as you are ready to put the cigar to rest. I didn’t feel any nicotine off of this cigar what so ever.

Miami Cigars La Sirena

Overview: I listed this as my top cigar for 2010 and I stand by it. The La Sirena isn’t a terribly complex cigar, but it makes up for that by being an all around smooth, and flavorful smoke. It’s probably one of the smoother cigars with this amount of flavor that I have ever had. It’s said that this is the first full bodied cigar that Miami Cigars has had Pepin blend for them. With that being said you would expect this powerhouse, and the La Sirena is not. Sure it touches in the full bodied category, but this cigar isn’t something that will knock you on your ass. This cigar is by far boxworthy, and perfect for any smoker from the novice on up to the everyday cigar smoker. If you stumble across these, pick them up, you will not be disappointed. This is a cigar that is in, and will be in my regular rotation for quite some time. The price, in my opinion is exactly at the crest of what one should pay for a cigar of this caliber.

On a side note. This will probably be the last iPhone review I will ever do. It was convenient, and easy, but the pictures just look like garbage 🙁

Miami Cigars La Sirena

Have you had the La Sirena? It seems I got a lot of flack for having this cigar listed as my number one cigar last year. A lot of people thought this one missed the mark. What do you think about this cigar? What have you heard about it?

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

22 Comments

  1. Joey V

    February 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Great review as always Tony. Keeping with the iPhone theme I read and wrote this comment on mine. I have heard very little about this stick. I was surprised you had it as your top of 2010 cause up to that point I had only seen one other mention of it. Having said that keep doing you bro. Love the reviews and pics and insight you bring. I think the first iPhone review was a success.

    • Tony Casas

      February 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Hi-Five on reading this on your phone! You’re a determined little reader 🙂

      thanks a ton for the kinds words sir. I have a lot of fun doing these reviews and I’m glad that they are appreciated.

      The La Sirena had a very soft rollout last year, only available at a handful of stores. This is where people ran into all the issues getting their hands on them. They will actually be hitting all the rest of the stores this month! If you do pick one up I’d love to hear your thoughts. It was a matter of personal opinion for me. This cigar was just spot on with something I’d love to smoke everyday.

  2. blane

    February 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Oh! No! The gout. I get it in my foot if I partake in too many rich beers.Well get better buddy I know how painfull it is.As far as the cigar I will have to try these without a doubt.I love almost everything Pepin blends.Thanks for the review and the pics are fine.

  3. Tony Casas

    February 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Yeah dude it’s awful 🙁 I have had it for about a week and I am at about 60%. Getting there, but man it takes a while to go away. I wish it left as fast as it came.

    If you see these I can’t urge you enough to pick one up. It’s really smooth for a full body. Ridiculously smooth. that’s probably why I am so drawn to it. Either way, let me know what you think if you get your hands on one!

  4. Victor

    February 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    This looks like something I will definately like to try. I like the Iron Maiden reference (Up the Irons).

    Hope you get better soon.

  5. Tony Casas

    February 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    If you can’t find them Victor let me know! See ya tomorrow (maybe…if the weather gets better)

  6. jonsiddle

    February 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Nice review Tony. Looks like a great cigar. Will have to look into one the next time I am shopping. And congrats on the 100% iPhone review – pics looks great.

  7. Tony Casas

    February 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks John! The pics aren’t on par with what I’m used to. Skip told me the same thing as you. Maybe I’m just too hard on myself :/ either way man thanks for the read and if I ever forget my gear again, expect another iphone review!

  8. Komodota

    February 3, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Tony, I can assure you that you have nothing to apologize for in naming this cigar your # 1 for 2010. While it was not in my personal top 10, it was definitely one of my favorites from the year.

    I happened to stop at Casa de Montecristo (a WORLD CLASS CIGAR emporium in Countryside, IL) back in November right after they had a special in store introduction/rollout of the cigar. The manager Eli barely let me in the door before he was recommending that I try one. It was love/wow at first puff. I had the torpedo/belicoso and it was equally delicious. I agree with you, it is box worthy and with the gorgeous band, it would likely look really nice on a lancero given a typical lancero’s length.

    I plan on waiting to buy a box to see if it will be made as a lancero. But nonetheless, I too recommend people give this brand a serious audition. Great AND accurate review.

  9. Tadd

    February 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I have only had one. I did enjoy it and if the price range is in my comfort zone then I would defintiely buy more often. I was gifted mine so I have no real idea of the msrp. The band is pretty cool. Especially on this smaller vitola.

    Sent from a real phone… the android. > iphone…. 🙂

  10. dalamscius

    February 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I’m actually smoking one of these right now and enjoying the hell out of it. Tony has turned me into a Broadleaf lover and this one does not disappoint! The sweet cinnamon and espresso notes are amazing! No burn issues and price is also comfortable. I’ll definitely be seeking more of these!

    Tony, we forgot to enable that Andriod virus, we should turn it on for the next time Tadd comes around 😛

    And where’s the picture of the glass of water? At least give me a picture if not a proper pairing! haha 😀

  11. Tony Casas

    February 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    @Komodota – I can’t even image the flavor packed powerhouse a lancero sized Sirena will be. Ahhh.. such dreams, but you never know! 🙂 Thanks for the read!

    @Tadd – The MSRP is between 7 – 9. It’s up there, but not too pricey in my opinion. I’ve spent much more for far worse 🙂 I too love the band. I just didn’t know how other smokers took to it.

    @Daniel – OH YEAH! I’ll be sure to enable that tomorrow 🙂 I’m glad you are liking it, and I am glad your falling for ConBroadleaf. It’s the tobacco of champions. 🙂

  12. Double Robusto

    February 4, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Great review… Picture quality was good, but I am reading this review on my iPhone. La Sirena was one of my favorite cigars last year. The Connecticut Broadleaf is delicious and a good change of pace on Pepin blended cigars. What kind of beer do you recommend for pairing with this little mermaid?

  13. Hogman21

    February 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Another great review. I had this cigar and really enjoyed it. You guys are doing great things keep it up.

  14. Danny Principe

    February 6, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Nice review buddy. I thought this was a very good cigar, but did not find anything that really set it apart from other cigars in the price range. I still think the EP Carrillo EL 2010 and the Tat 7th Reserva were miles ahead of this one.

  15. Tony Casas

    February 7, 2011 at 8:18 am

    @DR – Thanks for the confirmation on the pictures.Honestly sometype of fruity, smooth brown ale. Leifman’s goudenbond would go PERFECT! But that beer is pretty hard to find. Maybe some brookly brown ale, or even newcastle!

    @Hogman – Thanks bro!

    @Danny – The Ep Carillo’s have all been damn good cigars, but the flavor profile and body just don’t do a whole lot for me. 🙁

  16. JerseyJay

    February 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I was hanging out with Arielle last week on friday at the local event. Smoke La Sirena while chatting about the cigar, the history, Arielle’s long-term goals and … MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Great event and great person … excellent cigar as well. Thanks, Tony !

  17. DaByrdman33

    February 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Nice iPhone review. The pictures seem okay to me (it’s not like you’re shooting the SI swimsuit issue LOL j/k). I have only had one La Sirena but I did think that it was an enjoyable cigar. I will reserve judgement on whether it’s great until I can smoke a few more and formulate a proper opinion. The band is definitely an eye-catcher. I can’t argue with you making it your #1 for 2010 because we all have different tastes and if this is what you loved, so be it.

    Again great review as always.

    -DaByrdman-

  18. William

    June 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

    My local tobacconist at Barclay’s on Broad Street NYC recommended this stick. Initially I asked for a 1926 Padron but they were out and I was pissed because they were also out of the My Father Maduro. He tapped me on the back and said “Hey don’t worry, have you tired the La Sirena?”. I said no and went out on a limb and tried it. I observed the construction and the flavor but once I smoked it I immediately thought to myself that this is one of the best fucking cigars I ever had. I was elated and bought a box the next day. If you don’t like this cigar I would like to know which one you think is better.

  19. Gary

    June 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Not sure why others think this cigar has any merit at all…it flakes the entire time you smoke it and the ash is annoying as it continually flakes off and gets all over you. The taste of this cigar is nothing to write home about…it’s average and when I read of other reviews on this it’s always the same thing..hints of this or that and what’s annoying about it is that most are trying to make this cigar more than it is…it’s not a quality cigar at all. It’s more advertising than anything and a true cigar purist will tell you that this cigar is nothing special…it’s more short filler than long filler…a long filler will not ash like this…” I observed the construction and the flavor but once I smoked it I immediately thought to myself that this is one of the best fucking cigars I ever had this.” …..this according to one reviewer from this site….OMG…really..really?

    • BillieBLVD

      December 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Being the aficionado that you obviously think you are you will know that there can be a lot of variation. Its like a bag of pistachios, if you only have one it will turn you off but have a few others and you can truly judge it. I don’t know if your cigar was properly humidified, if you had an off day with your palette or whatever but a lot of people that know good cigars like this cigar.

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