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Monday, 03 February 2014

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Hope you enjoyed that snoozer of a Super Bowl!  And while it’s sad that football season’s now finished, at least you can drown your sorrows in cigar smoke!  Perhaps lighting up the Don Lino 1989 Maduro or the Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Selectos can help ease the pain of the offseason……

Don Lino 1989 Maduro Robusto

Made in the Dominican Republic, the Don Lino 1989 Maduro line is a milder smoke that carries a composition of tobaccos from around the world.  Does this multi-national mix result in a winning combination?  It’s time to light one up and find out…

I decided to go with the Robusto format of the Don Lino 1989 Maduro for this review, which measures 5 x 50.  There are other sizes in the line as well if you’re looking for something a bit bigger, such as the Torpedo or the Churchill.  The 1989 Maduro’s interior is made up a filler blend of tobaccos from Colombia, Mexico, and Nicaragua.  An Indonesian binder comes next, and a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper tops things off.  In terms of strength, it’s listed as being medium-bodied.

Looking at the Don Lino 1989 Maduro Robusto, it's obvious that this is a cigar with solid construction and a smooth overall appearance. I love box-pressed sticks, and this is one of them.  The wrapper has a beautiful dark brown color and is oily in nature. There are a few very minor veins that are detected. An attractive decorative band sits near the head that showcases the Don Lino name and some ornate graphics.  Its mostly red and gold color scheme blends in nicely with the dark wrapper. The cigar is firm for the most part, with just a little give and zero soft spots. Before lighting, there's an earthy aroma and a cold taste of mild tobacco.

Once lit, the Don Lino 1989 Maduro performs like a well-made cigar should. The draw is just right and there’s plenty of smoke that comes with each puff. The ash is long and light gray in color. The burn requires only a couple of very quick touch-ups and re-lights are not necessary.  Smoking time is a little over an hour.






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