La Sirena’s newest cigar will be coming from one of the Dominican Republic’s newest factories, Tabacalera La Isla, opened by Hostos Fernández Quesada at the end of 2020.

It will be called the La Sirena Mexican Mermaid, and is based on the La Sirena Aniversario Especial that was released in 2019 in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary. The blend is still being finalized, but Danny Ditkowich told halfwheel that it will use a Mexican-grown wrapper and binder. The filler is still being worked on but is close to being finalized.

“I am excited to be working with Hostos again, now in his new factory,” said Ditkowich, adding  that the last time the two worked together was on the Oceano by La Sirena, which was produced at the Quesada Factory and released in 2014.

As it borrows from the blend of the La Sirena Aniversario Especial, the La Sirena Mexican Mermaid will debut in the same 5 3/4 x 54 soft-pressed robusto vitola as that cigar. Ditkowich is planning two more sizes for the line, with the possibility for a third as well, though has not decided what they will be. He did indicate that the line will be a regular production offering that comes in 20-count boxes. Pricing is still to be determined, but he said he wants to keep it as affordable of a cigar as possible.

As for when the La Sirena Mexican Mermaid will arrive at retailers, Ditkowich said he is hoping to have it ready for Rosh Hashanah in early September.

Patrick Lagreid

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