Just a note, the early samples did not use the secondary band underneath the large band, but the actual shipping cigars do have it.
Review: La Sirena Triton
Shortly before the IPCPR 2013 trade show, Miami Cigar & Co. announced that Silo Cigars would be getting a special version of the La Sirena line, a Lancero. Called Triton, the company made 50 boxes of the two wrappers the line has been featured in to date: the Connecticut broadleaf seen on the original version of the cigar and the habano oscuro wrapper used on both the limited A and soon-to-be-shipping Dubloon.
Arielle Ditkowich, the brand ambassador for La Sirena, is at the Knoxville, Tenn. store today for the launch of the cigar. With the additions of the Triton and Dubloon, the La Sirena line now stands at nine vitolas, they are:
- La Sirena Prince (5 x 50) — Regular Production
- La Sirena Divine (5 1/2 x 52) — Regular Production
- La Sirena Trident (7 x 50) — Regular Production
- La Sirena Sea Sprite (5 1/2 x 42) — Regular Production
- La Sirena King Poseidon (6 x 60) — Regular Production
- La Sirena A (9 1/4 x 48) — 1,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars)
- La Sirena Triton (7 1/2 x 38) — 50 Boxes of 20 Cigars (1,000 Total Cigars)
- La Sirena Triton Habano (7 1/2 x 38) — 50 Boxes of 20 Cigars (1,000 Total Cigars)
- La Sirena Dubloon (7 1/4 x 566) — 500 Boxes of Eight Cigars (4,000 Total Cigars)
Pricing for both cigars is $10.00 per cigar or $200.00 per box. Here’s what they look like side-by-side with the Connecticut broadleaf version on top:
All three habano oscuro versions have been limited, here’s what they look like:
And the particulars.
- Cigar Reviewed: La Sirena Triton
- Country of Origin: Nicaragua
- Factory: My Father Cigars S.A.
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo 98 & Corojo 96
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Size: 7 1/2 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 38
- Vitola: Lancero
- MSRP: $10.00 (Boxes of 20, $200.00)
- Date Released: August 15, 2013
- Number of Cigars Released: 50 Boxes of 20 Cigars (1,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Review: 2
Given the gigantic-band, I had to take out the ruler to make sure this was seven and one half inches, it honestly doesn’t look the part because of the band. It fits in well with the La Sirena line, relatively dark—even for Connecticut broadleaf—no doubt helped by the contrast of the band. There’s a huge broadleaf aroma with lots of notes of barnyard and to the touch the wrapper has a fair bit of roughness. The cold draw of the La Sirena is amazing: really sweet with a great citrus, lemon zest and peppermint; smooth and detailed.
Unfortunately, the first third does not begin at all in that manner. It’s somewhat harsh and bittersweet with a big cedar note and touches of cocoa. The draw is a tad bit open for a Lancero, but smoke production is great. It takes a few minutes, but the pepper eventually begins to dominate the profile of the La Sirena—entirely through the nose, so if you aren’t retrohaling, there’s not going to be a whole lot of pepper—while some barnyard and cocoa notes quietly take foot up front. The cedar note comes in and out, at times challenging the pepper, but never consistent. While the draw is fine, definitely on the more open of things for the vitola, the ash can’t stay on to save its life. Quarter inch chunks were the norm, which is annoying.
There’s an increased sweetness that coincides with the dark chocolate note emerging, but they definitely are a tandem more than a “sweet chocolate” note. The lemon zest notes return, ironically more towards the back of the tongue than the nose, which still has a heavy dose of pepper. By the middle point of the Triton, it’s apparent there are more advanced flavors, but they lack some of the depth and detail you would normally find. For example, the cocoa note is somewhat flat, the cedar note is generic and the lemon zest isn’t strong enough to be overly dynamic. The one contrary example is the finish, which is a detailed mixture of cedar and grassy notes. Smoke production and draw are still great, the ash still could use some help. Strength-wise, the La Sirena went from a solid medium to a solid medium-full somewhere in this third. It was a subtle shift, but entirely noticeable with three inches left.
For a few minutes, I get an oatmeal note from the La Sirena Lancero as the final third enters its prime. It was odd, unexpected, but enjoyable. Elsewhere, the profile is much the same as the second third with perhaps a bit more detail. As the final two inches near, the burn begins to fade, eventually going out. I relight once, but then decide the Triton is done.
- Burn-great, smoke production-great, draw-great; ash length-annoying. I’ve smoked somewhere around 150 different Lanceros, never can I think of one that struggle holding this little ash. At times I got to about a half an inch, maybe. Mind you, this was indoors. It’s not a deal breaker and didn’t factor into the score, more like a heads up.
- I liked the regular La Sirena blend more than what came about with the A, although at the time I suspected that the format of the A could have drastically influenced my opinion about the difference in wrappers. The Lanceros were more of the same: I could see myself smoking a few more Connecticut broadleaf versions, definitely wouldn’t take the oscuro habano version over it.
- Connecticut broadleaf does not seem to be a terribly popular option for Lanceros. There are only a few regular production versions—Tatuaje El Triunfador Original, CroMagnon Atlatl and Liga Privada Único Serie Lancero—and that aren’t an abundance of other versions: Triton, Drew Estate BOTL.org 2012 and the unreleased Arturo Fuente Añejo Phantom were the only ones to come to mind quickly. I think there’s a reason for that, likely in the ration of wrapper to filler with the cigar and the taste of Connecticut Broadleaf, but maybe that’s just me.
- It hasn’t been said on this site in a while, but this is a cigar that would have been amazing if it was just like the cold draw.
- Silo Cigars is no stranger to single store releases, earlier this year the store got the Flores y Rodriguez Exclusivo Aliento de Angel, a 5 x 49 Perfecto.
- It’s been a busy few weeks for Lancero lovers. Recently, three new Lancero projects have emerged in the past few weeks.
- My Father Cigars S.A. is definitely one of the Lancero specialists in the industry. The My Father No. 4 remains my favorite regularly available Lancero on the market.
- This is the first single store release for the La Sirena line, although Holt’s has a brand licensed to them that uses the La Sirena name.
- I find the La Sirena line to be the second strongest in the Miami Cigar & Co. portfolio, only behind Añoranzas, the Lancero is one of the lighter of the portfolio, but it’s still a medium-full cigar for half of the smoking time.
- Speaking of Añoranzas, we are giving away a box on the forum.
- This cigar didn’t feature the secondary band hidden underneath the signature La Sirena band, which was disappointing.
- Cigars for this review were sent to halfwheel by Silo Cigars.
- Final smoking time was one hour and 50 minutes. It’s a Lancero, don’t rush it.
- The only place to purchase the cigars is from Silo Cigars. You can call them at 865.675.7456. Don’t forget to tell them halfwheel sent you.
The Bottom Line: This is a solid cigar, one that I would smoke again and ultimately think might be noticeably better in three months, but I don’t think it’s the best of the line. I—lover of Lanceros—would much rather smoke the Robusto version of the line than the 7 1/2 x 38 version. There’s no real issue with the Triton, but it’s not as complete of a cigar as the Robusto, particularly now. The price point for the brand itself is a bit high, a Lancero is only going to increase it given the challenge with rolling the size, but I’d say it’s worth it for those of you who like this line, myself included.
Final Score: 86