Don Lino

Don Lino Africa kifaro

A safari to the Serengeti plains inspired Nestor Miranda to make this Don Lino Africa, a cigar made from Nicaraguan, Dominican and African tobacco and all the artwork is inspired by African art. The cigars come in the most beautiful humidor style boxes with African prints and can be bought online for little over 100 dollars per box of 25.
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The kifaro is the torpedo from Don Lino Africa, and is has a size of 6 1/4 inch with a 52 ring. The cigar is packed in cellophane. The beautiful dark & oily wrapper only has a few minor veins. The construction is great which causes a great predraw that leaves a peppery raisin flavor on my palate. The cigar has a nice barnyard and hay aroma.
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I can taste a ‘war’ coffee flavor, quite full and mild spicy, but the spiciness picks up quickly, and soon a herbal flavor joins the cigar. After half an inch I suddenly taste some liquorice for a brief moment. The herbal flavor grows a bit in strength and I can also taste some toast. The toast is slowly replacing the coffee.
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Halfway all I taste are herbs with toast and a fresh minty aftertaste, although the mint disappears and makes place for a pepper on the tongue. At the 2/3rd mark some nuts join the herbal toast. The aftertaste is herbal, and after purging the cigar the nuts and toast are gone.
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The volume and the thickness of the white smoke is medium. The ash is medium gray colored and quite firm. The burn is straight and I would rate this cigar (very) full flavored and medium/full bodied.

 

Would I buy this cigar again? Oh yeah, this is a very fine stick, one of my favorites.

Appearance: 8 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 8 / 10
Smoke & ash: 7 / 10
Aroma first part: 8 / 10
Aroma second part: 8 / 10
Aroma third part: 8 / 10

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Don Lino Africa duma

I think it was Conch who gave me this 5 x 50 Don Lino Africa Duma, but I could be mistaken, I’ve been bombed way too much in my 9 months that I’ve been on club stogie and the cigar asylum. The cigar is nice and the wrapper is dark and has quite some veins, a flashy colorful band and the designer looked good at African art when designing this band. The predraw is fine and leaves a sweet flavor in my mouth.
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This is a full flavored cigar; straight from the start I can taste a sweet, slightly bitter cacao with some coffee. After a centimeter the cigar becomes peppery with chocolate on the background. The pepper fades away quickly and is replaced by woody flavors with still the chocolate on the background. The pepper makes a return for a while and disappears after 2/3rd when the cigar produces flavors of wood, coffee and some sweet chocolate on the background. The finale is wood, coffee and pepper.
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I get a lot of smoke from this cigar; the ash has both dark and light spots. The draw is fine, but the burn is somewhat crooked. I would rate this cigar as full flavored medium bodied with a hint of vitamin n.
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Would I buy this cigar again? Yeah.
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Appearance: 7 / 10
Construction: 7 / 10
Draw: 7 / 10
Burn: 6 / 10
Smoke & ash: 8 / 10
Aroma first part: 7 / 10
Aroma second part: 7 / 10
Aroma third part: 7 / 10

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