Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 22 April 2011

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lasirenaWe are getting this weekend started on with a couple of new reviews. Let's see if the La Sirena The Prince and the Felipe Gregorio PURE Corona are worthy of a spot in your humidor.

La Sirena The Prince

La Sirena is a fairly new line from Miami Cigar & Company that was introduced in late 2010. La Sirena is Spanish for mermaid, and the mythical creature is what inspired the folks at Miami Cigar to create the smoke. Created to cater to more experienced smokers, La Sirena is the first full-bodied cigar from Miami Cigar to make its way onto shelves. Rene Castaneda, Miami Cigar's Vice President of Sales, had this to say about La Sirena in its official press release from last November: “We are very happy to finally have that full-bodied cigar in our portfolio. 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.”

The Prince vitola of the La Sirena line measures 5 x 50. The line also has plenty of other sizes for you to choose from, including the 5 1/2 x 42 Sea Sprite, 5 1/2 x 52 Divine, 6 x 60 King Poseidon, and 7 x 50 Trident. The cigar's filler is a blend of Nicaraguan Criollo '98 an Nicaraguan Corojo '96 tobaccos. A dual binder is used that is made from Nicaraguan Habano and Nicaraguan Corojo tobaccos. Last, but not least, is the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. As mentioned in the introduction, the La Sirena line is listed as being full-bodied.

Right off the bat, I cannot help but notice the very large and beautiful band that is smack dab in the middle of the Prince. It's the biggest band I have ever seen on a cigar, and it nearly covers the entire body. The La Sirena name is proudly displayed, as is a depiction of a mermaid. The red, blue, and gold used in the band are striking, as are the graphics. In terms of presentation, it does not get any better than this. Now that I've gone on long enough about the band, let's move on to the cigar itself. The Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is quite dark. A few small veins are noticeable, and it has a rustic appearance. There is not much of an oily sheen. Feeling the cigar reveals zero soft spots. Overall, construction seems to be solid. Before striking The Prince with a match, it has an earthy aroma. The cold taste offers up hints of chocolate that have me bursting with anticipation.

Once lit, The Prince exhibits no real negatives in the burn department. The ash is gray and solid. The draw is just right. The burn stays even with the exception of one minor re-light. No big deal. The cigar also stays lit on its own without any help from the lighter.


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