Brand: Miami Cigar Co & Pepin Garcia Country: Nicaragua
Size: Divine 5.5″ x 52 Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
The Label Factor:
The La Sirena’s label is pretty rad. Its non-traditional shape is interesting without being gimmicky and it’s unique without trying too hard just to be different. It definitely has some shelf appeal. In fact, I was strolling through the humidor of my local B&M and asked my non-cigar smoking fiance to pick out any cigar, and I would smoke it and review it. She was almost immediately drawn to the La Sirena –presumably because of the label. I wonder if Miami Cigar Co and Pepin Garcia had focus groups in an attempt to attract the under thirty female demographic…. Hey guys, it worked.
What We Liked:
Honestly, if I hadn’t seen the label, I would have sworn I was smoking a Man O’War Ruination. It’s uncanny. I would have guessed that the similarity would stem from the tobacco coming from the same region or maybe having the same wrapper. Nope. Different on both counts. Regardless, the similarity to the Ruination is a good thing and a bad thing. First, the good — the La Sirena (and the Ruination) are both deliciously smooth and subtly sweet. The first third of these cigars bring flavors of cocoa and slight spice. I also picked up on some dried fruit (raisins) in the Sirena that was a pleasant surprise.
In terms of minor details, La Sirena was everything I could want. A nice burn and smooth draw made savoring the flavors a breeze. It doesn’t produce the prettiest ash I have seen, but when it tastes this good, who really cares.
What We Didn’t Like:
The bad part about being so similar to the Ruination is that the Ruination is cheaper. I can’t imagine buying more of the La Sirenas when I can get the same experience and enjoyment out of a less expensive cigar.
Furthermore, in the interest of being nitpicky, I will say that I think the label (although interesting) is too big. I had to take that sucker off of my cigar after only smoking it for about 10 minutes. I don’t like smoking a naked cigar! How will passersby know what I am smoking!? Admittedly, there are only two passersby in my backyard and my dogs don’t much care what I smoke. But still! NITPICK.
Should You Try/Buy It:
Maybe. Are you a thirty year old girl? If someone offers you this cigar, say “thanks” and consider yourself lucky. It’s a good smoke and someone just gave it to you for free. Man, it’s your lucky day. If you’re thinking about making a purchase, steer clear and grab a Ruination instead.