The La Sirena Original has undergone a near complete re-do. It’s no longer made at the My Father Cigars factory and now originates out of Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory. That’s not all that has changed, as the cigar opted for a rare Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper, as opposed to the original maduro Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. My personal favorite alteration is in the blend, swapping out one of the three ligero leaf fillers for one of Erik Espinosa’s “magic leafs”, which adds a layer of creamy complexity.
The new cigar was released during the 2014 IPCPR trade show in Vegas and I have smoked several of these since then, therefore the Dojo needed to revisit this cigar that I originally reviewed in 2013.
La Sirena Breakdown
- Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
- Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo
- Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa & Condega
- Factory: La Zona (Nicaragua)
- Production: Regular release
- Vitola: 5″ x 50 “The Prince”
- Price: $8
Appearance-wise, the cigar still has the same large band that covers the smaller band underneath, but the cigar now has less visible seams, probably due to the new Nicaraguan wrapper.
With the new wrapper and different filler combination, the first thing you will notice is the creamy flavors have replaced the white pepper of the old blend. While I enjoyed the old version, I prefer the creaminess of this new blend, it’s much more enjoyable to retrohale and the creamy vanilla flavors last a long time on your tongue. The new Prince assaults your palate with not only great flavors from the smoke, but a delicious salty/sweetness on your tongue from the tobacco itself.
The ash is a dull gray, with a somewhat flaky composition, but I’ve never really cared much what my ash looked like (just ask my wife), as long as the cigar has a good draw and tastes great.
Lets talk flavor. With a generous dose of vanilla cream, and a hint of exotic spice, you could smoke this cigar any time of day and pair with just about any drink or food combination, making this a fun and versatile stick. Midway through the smoke, the vanilla ramps up and a hint of roasted almonds or possibly caramelized walnuts makes a welcomed appearance. Other subtle flavors of cocoa and brownie batter highlight the long finish.
Slow burn – give yourself plenty of time to smoke the new Prince because this is one slow burning cigar. You can rest assured you will get your money’s worth. Even the robusto will likely give you a good hour and a half of smoke time.
Would I smoke it again?
Yes! And I have smoked many of these in the past 6 months.
- Awesome retrohale, filled with warm, complex flavors
- Slow burner
- Flaky ash