Don Lino

Don Lino 1898 Robusto

This is a cigar made for Nestor Miranda’s Miami Cigar & Co, that’s one thing thats certain but where does it come from? Thompson says Dominican Republic, Cigar Aficionado claims it is an Honduran cigar. Thompson says the filler is Dominican, Brazilian and Cameroon while Cigar Aficionado claims its Dominican, Brazilian and Colombian, and I just don’t want to burn my fingers so I am going to admit that I don’t know.


I do know that I had this cigar in my humidor for a few years, since Nestor gave it to me at Intertabac when he and Jason Wood were trying to find European distributers for the Nestor Miranda, Don Lino and Tatiana cigar lines. I smoked Don Lino cigars before, but those were from the Africa line which I loved but are unfortunately discontinued, I hope these are as good as I have seen them online for 2 dollars a piece in a blowout sale.


The box pressed cigar looks great, the smooth wrapper is dark and oily and due to the shape looks like a dark chocolate bar. I would buy this cigar just for the looks if I walked into a cigar shop. The ring adds to the appeal, different shades of red with a beige banner, curly letters saying Don Lino, very fine copper colored details on a high quality print job. The construction feels good, the cap is placed neat, the shape is fine. The aroma is dark, autumn leaves and manure but in a good way.


I thinly sliced the cap of the cigar. The cold draw is a bit meaty with a hint of pepper. Construction is great. After lighting I taste a mild cocoa flavored coffee. After a third I taste a sweet, milk chocolate and herbal flavor with a little pepper. Halfway I taste spicy peanut with pepper, a growing pepper. The pepper keeps growing on a dirt background.


The draw is great. The smoke is full but the color is gray, I prefer a white smoke. The burn is a bit off, but it corrects itself. The ash is gray with a yellow shine. It looks flaky but it’s firm. The cigar is medium bodied, medium to medium full flavored. The smoke time is an hour and a half.

Would I buy this cigar again? I wouldn’t mind a few more.

Score: 92
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Don Lino Africa Kifaro & Gorilla Knuckle

Nestor Miranda from Miami Cigar & Co and owner of the Don Lino brand, is an avid hunter and one of his hunting trip in Africa gave him the inspiration to create the Don Lino Africa line. It has been a few years since I smoked one, as they are discontinued, but I remember that I used to love this blend of Cameroon, Mexican, Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco.

The Don Lino Africa line didn’t come out with cigars, all African named of course, but also cool accessories like ash trays and humidors with African prints. As of the African names, think of Kifaro, Duma, Tembo, Punda Milia and all those names come from the Massai and are names for the big African animals. As far as I know My Father Cigars produced the cigars for Miami Cigar & Co.

Don Lino Africa Kifaro


This is a 6 1/4×52 torpedo with a dark, oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper that looks great, the color is dark chocolate and I see a few minor veins. The construction feels great and the tip of the cigar is straight. The ring is beautiful, it has a very African color pattern with zebra stripes on the background, some burgundy, a lot of yellow and a big curly and stylish A on the front and Don Lino Africa on the side on a high quality paper and print. The cigar even has an African smell, or well, as I would expect an African savanna to smell in the morning.


I cut the cigar, the cold draw is fine with a toasty, raisin, peppery and minty flavor. After lighting I taste a peppery and sweet minty toast. After half an inch I taste spices, toast, lime and honey. After an inch I taste nutmeg with toast and pepper, all well balanced. Halfway I taste a strong pepper with honey and a little lime. The honey disappears and is replaced with a nice dose of lemon.


The draw is fantastic and the smoke is thick and full. The white ash is dense. The burn is decent but not perfect, it went rogue a little but it corrected itself. This cigar is full bodied and full flavored, well balanced with great evolution. The smoke time is an hour and a half.


Would I buy this cigar again? I wish they made a comeback.

Score: 94

 

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Don Lino Africa Gorilla Knuckle


I bought a box of these when the cigars were discontinued and these were the only remaining vitola, usually I wouldn’t buy a cigar with a 58 ring gauge but hey, I wanted some Don Lino Africa while they lasted. The ring is just as pretty as the kifaro as it’s the same ring but the wrapper looks a tiny bit lighter, just a shade though and has more veins. The tip also looks to be more in a curve and the cigar has a dryer aroma, more hay and straw than the Kifaro.


I cut the cigar, punching was no option because of the size. The cold draw is fine, I taste a mild raisin sweetness. After lighting I taste a sweet espresso with cinnamon. The espresso fades away, the cinnamon grows stronger and gets a little harsh edge, but it’s still very enjoyable. After a third I taste sugar and vanilla. In the final third I taste vanilla, cinnamon, wood and a peppery aftertaste, a little harsh but still enjoyable.


The draw is great. The smoke is thick, full, voluminous and white. The burn is a little uneven. The light colored ash is dense and firm. The cigar is medium plus bodied and flavored. The smoke time is fifty minutes.


Would I buy this cigar again? Impossible

Score: 89
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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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