Blind Cigar Review: Don Lino Africa | DumaCigar Info

Miami Cigar & Company announced in May last year that the line would return to shelves in 2019. It was shown off at IPCPR. The re-release of this cigar is part of the companies 30th anniversary celebration. It started shipping on November 18th, 2019. THis time around, the cigar is blended by and rolled at his factory Tabacalera Cigars de Nicaragua in Estelí, Nicaragua.

This cigar was reviewed blind (no bands) by a panel of at least 4 reviewers. They did not know what they were smoking beforehand. The scores are an average of all the reviewers' scores with outliers removed.

uses an Ecuadorian 2000 wrapper, African Cameroon binder, and Piloto Dominicano, Ometepe, Jalapa, and Esteli fillers. It comes five sizes, all box-pressed, ” 5×50 ($9.00 MSRP), “Kifaru” 6.25×52 ($10.50 MSRP), Toro “Punda Milia” 5.5×54 ($10.00 MSRP), Gran Toro “Tembo” 6×60 ($11.00 MSRP), and Petite Corona “Kudu” 4×44 ($5.98 MSRP).

Blind Cigar Review: Don Lino Africa | DumaVital Stats:

Length: 5″
Ring Gauge: 50
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian 2000
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera
Blender: A.J. Fernandez
Number of reviewers: 4 (CADE) (Jeremey) (fullermaine) (Bearded Bastard)
Price: $9.00
Age: 4 Months
Release Date: November 2019
Contributed by: Miami Cigar & Co

Blind Cigar Review: Don Lino Africa | DumaInitial Impressions

Appearance: 95

“This box-pressed beauty is comprised of a milk chocolate colored wrapper and some very dark tobaccos in the filler when examining the foot.” – (CADE)

Aroma: 93

“Notes of leather and cocoa to start.” – (fullermaine)

First Third

Flavor: 94
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Very strong spice and mineral on the nose upon torching the cigar, accompanied by strong notes of oak and earthiness on the draw. Smoke production and construction overall is impressive.” – (CADE)

“A great combo of earth, coffee with a touch of woodsy” – (Bearded Bastard)

Second Third

Flavor: 94
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“Even burn still going strong. The cocoa and leather notes give way to notes of tea and cream.” – (fullermaine)

“The second third is just as enjoyable as the first with the same flavor profile at play (mineral on the nose with woodsy and earthy notes on the draw) and the strength increases slightly around the halfway mark as the spice on the retrohale picks up a notch as well.” – (CADE)

Final Third

Flavor: 95
Strength: Medium-Strong
Body/Complexity: Medium-Full

“At the start of the final third a nice cedar joins the oak, that multi-layered woodsy profile meshed with the earthiness (along with the ever present spice and mineral through the nose) is really impressing me. The strength settles down a bit too in the last stages and it makes for a highly enjoyable finale.” – (CADE)

“Complexity of notes. Flavors coming through include sugar, espresso, and pepper. Earlier notes of cocoa and leather return for a brief moment.” – (fullermaine)

Overall Impressions

Draw: 94

“Close to perfect draw.” – (Jeremey)

Burn: 89

“Burned really well, had a few touch ups due to unevenness but nothing bad.” – (Bearded Bastard)

Construction: 96

“As a fan of box pressed cigars, this cigar was constructed beautifully. No flaws in the making of this stick.” – (fullermaine)

Overall Strength: Medium-Strong
Overall Body/Complexity: Medium-Full
Experience Overall: 95

“Nice aroma, fantastic flavors that are both complex and easily discernible – this is a very well blended and constructed cigar that I would smoke again and again and again. And again. I didn’t want to let this one end…” – (CADE)

“This cigar doesn’t even qualify as a yardgar for me. The taste of barnyard and must was overwhelming that I couldn’t even get through the final 3rd.” – (Jeremey)

“Whether on your porch, deck, or lounge, this cigar is worth the time and relaxation to enjoy. Great flavors throughout this stick. Grab a few when the opportunity presents itself.” – (fullermaine)

“After a long rough day of ER visits to have staples put into one of my kids head, (yes she is fine, she has a hard head just like her dad, and was laughing as head juice was pouring out) this was a pleasant cigar to finally kick back and relax with. A solid bold flavor throughout, great draw, a solid medium to full strength, it paired well with an evening of stupid movies as the wind blew outside. Loved it. It hit the spot, like my kids head on the damn coffee table.” – (Bearded Bastard)

Smoking Time (in minutes): 72

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Blind Cigar Review: |

Overall Score – 90 – Very Good

  • Appearance 95% 95%
  • Aroma 93% 93%
  • First Third 94% 94%
  • Second Third 94% 94%
  • Final Third 95% 95%
  • Draw 94% 94%
  • Burn 89% 89%
  • Construction 96% 96%
  • Overall Experience 95% 95%