One of the booths we always look forward to at the IPCPR is the La Sirena booth. Arielle is always a beacon of positive energy, regardless of how busy or how tired she might be.
The Porthole was an exclusive project, for B&M stores only, small production of 800 boxes in a Connecticut wrapper and Oscuro wrapper. Made out of Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory, where the original La Sirena was produced.
The Connecticut wrapper is only available in the Toro vitola (6x50). The Oscuro is in a Gran Toro (6x58) and a Corona (5x44).
Check out our interview with Arielle of La Sirena at the IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans:
Check out my video review here:
The nose on the La Sirena Porthole is cedar on the wrapper and hay in the foot. I’m surprised with all the Nicaraguan tobacco I’m not picking up anything else.
The first third starts with cocoa, pepper, and some creamy sweetness. The retrohale has some spices, leather and hay after tones. The leather starts to linger around 5 minutes in. The pepper intensity wanes a bit at the 10 minute mark. The retrohale evolves into sweet spices with pepper following. As the Porthole transitions to the middle third there’s a big blast of cocoa.
The middle third starts with spices and leather at medium strength. The retrohale is quite balanced with a leather after taste between draws. The spices become more complex adding in nutmeg and some creaminess to balance. The pepper had fallen off in strength but comes back at the end of the middle third.
By the last third the pepper has taken over the leather for strength. There’s a sweet creamy cedar that pushes through.
Total smoking time 1 hour and 28 minutes.
The La Sirena Porthole would be an instant box buy, even if the price weren’t unbelievably affordable. You’re going to want to go out and get your hands on this as soon as you can.
A cola, root beer, Dr. Pepper, rum based cocktail, port.