Connecticut-wrapped cigars sell.
As such, just about every cigar brand has a Connecticut-wrapped cigar in its portfolio. For La Sirena, that brand is called LT, a three-size line that debuted in 2016.
It uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Nicaraguan habano binder and Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.
I reviewed the robusto size in 2016 and found it to be pretty good:
I’m a hesitant to christen any period of time—particularly halfway through the year—year of the anything, but if one was going to make a case for year of the Connecticut wrapped cigar, I’d argue 2016 is shaping up to be more compelling than 2015. Sure, last year had big name Connecticut releases, namely Drew Estate’s Undercrown Shade and Padrón’s Dámaso, but this the eighth non-Davidoff-branded Connecticut-wrapped cigar we’ve reviewed this year—and there’s more coming. In fact, this is my third new Connecticut-wrapped cigar I’ve reviewed in the last six weeks. My reasonings for inching towards a proclamation about why 2016 might shape up to be a year noteworthy for Connecticut is not because of the names, but rather the quality. I’ve been thoroughly impressed with releases like the Room101 Big Payback Connecticut, Epic La Rubia and even the LGL Limited—and the La Sirena LT is no different. It’s another good take on a Connecticut cigar, though, I wouldn’t mind a break for a little while before I review another one.
- Cigar Reviewed: La Sirena LT Robusto
- Country of Origin: Honduras
- Factory: El Paraiso
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
- Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
- Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras & Nicaragua
- Length: 5 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 52
- Vitola: Robusto
- MSRP: $9.40 (Boxes of 20, $188)
- Release Date: April 22, 2016
- Number of Cigars Released: Regular Production
- Number of Cigars Smoked For Redux: 1
The golden Ecuadorian wrapper still looks quite vibrant and is contrasted well by the gigantic band. Of note, the texture of the wrapper is super supple. Aroma off said wrapper is a mixture of potato chips, leather and french fries, somewhat mild. From the foot there’s some potato chips, some paint and a very artificial cocoa, reminding me somewhat like Hostess Cup Cakes. The cold draw has some coffee, earthiness, some fruitiness and a honey mustard.
It begins earthy with some underlying creaminess, potato chips and some burning wood. As I smoke through the first third of the La Sirena LT Robusto, the profile gets sweeter with butterscotch adding itself to the mixture. The earthiness and creaminess remain, while the retrohale provides potato chips, dry white wine and mild amounts of pepper. That pepper picks up and takes on a black pepper characteristic towards the middle, though the La Sirena is still being led by earthiness, creaminess and a butterscotch. Eventually, the butterscotch leaves, though there’s still plenty of unique sweet flavors in the retrohale: Cracker Jack, peanut butter and some earthiness. In the mouth it’s a mixture of earthiness, cedar, white pepper and a dry, burnt meatiness.
From the get-go, the draw is a bit open. On one hand, that means there’s a ton fo smoke production. Unfortunately, once I knock off the ash, I find the cigar tunneling and a touch-up is soon needed to keep the burn even. That continues to be an issue as the cigar burns down with touch-ups happening every inch or so. Another unfortunate consequence of the open draw is the burn rate, which is slow enough that the cigar takes just under two and a half hours to finish.
After nearly two years of sitting in my redux box, the La Sirena LT would still rank amongst the most flavorful Connecticut shade cigars one could buy in today’s market. It’s a full-flavored, medium-plus to medium-full bodied cigar that delivered a lot of the classic sweetness you can find in Connecticut shade cigars without the black pepper that overwhelms so many of the more milder offerings. The burn issues and an epically long smoking time were annoying, but the flavor delivered in spades.