Cigar Info

Back in May of this year, Miami Cigar & Company announced it’s line would make a comeback at IPCPR 2019. The re-release of this cigar is part of the companies 30th anniversary celebration. It started shipping on November 18th, 2019. is blended by and rolled in Estelí, at Tabacalera Cigars de .

uses an Ecuadorian 2000 wrapper, African Cameroon binder, and Piloto Dominicano, Ometepe, Jalapa, and Esteli fillers. It comes five box-pressed sizes, “Duma” 5×50 ($9.00 MSRP), Belicoso “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).

Pre-light

The first thing I notice when I pick up this cigar is the sharp box press. The cigar has a sand paper textured light brown wrapper with small veins and almost invisible seams. Cigar feels great in the hand as it does have a bit of heft to it. The band is very interesting as from what I can tell it doesn’t actually have the entire name listed. It has a very large A and Africa written on the sides.

First Third

As I cut the cigar with a nice straight cut the cold draw is pure chocolate milk. The first puff I start to get some bitter notes on the tongue. Not off putting by any means but more like bitterness you would get from dark chocolate. On top of the bitterness I do get some cocoa that I was tasting on the cold draw. As the cigar progresses I get some vegetal notes through the retro and continuation of the dark chocolate notes.

Second Third

Getting into the second third the first thing I notice is the strength. The cigar is a solid medium plus and it completely snuck up on me. The dark chocolate from the first third turns into a mixture of espresso notes with a touch of spice. Still getting the vegetal notes on the retro with white pepper. The burn on this is a bit wavy but is not requiring any touch ups.

Final Third

The final third doesn’t depart too much from the previous third but I do get a bit of creaminess with the espresso. I guess that makes it more of a latte!  The strength hangs in at a medium plus and I did have to do a touch up once or twice in the final third but had no issues with draw/construction.

Overall Impressions

While I have never smoked the original Don Lino I have seen them in catalogs etc. but I can’t make any comparisons. I did enjoy this cigar but it’s not in my top 5 cigars that come from Miami Cigar and Company. The creaminess at the end really brought this cigar home and I do recommend picking up a fiver at the very least.

-Zane(ZaneG)
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