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Monday, 01 March 2010

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As is the case with many things in life, the Hoyo de Tradicion Toro has both its good and bad aspects. On the bad side, is its burn issues. On the good side, however, are its flavors that make it an enjoyable smoke for your palate. At around $6 per single, it's also priced reasonably, especially when you consider that its big brother, the Toro Grande, was worthy enough to make Cigar Aficionado's top 25 list in 2008, as previously mentioned. For those who prefer to buy in larger quantities, the Toro is also offered in packs of five or boxes of 25. Beginners should be able to handle it without trouble and fans of medium-bodied smokes will probably enjoy it as well. Despite its burn issues, the Hoyo de Tradicion offers good flavor and value which earns it a rating of three out of four stars.

Don Lino Africa Duma

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The Don Lino brand of cigars is manufactured by Miami Cigars and was founded by Nestor Miranda. Miranda came up with his concept for the Don Lino Africa line after he experienced a safari on the Serengeti plains in 2002. Miranda was so impressed on his trip that he decided to dedicate a whole line of cigars to the exotic continent. The Africa line took two and a half years to complete, and was the only new line introduced by the brand over a nine year period.

The Don Lino Africa measures out to 5x50 in its Duma size. Various other sizes are also available in the Africa line, such as the 4x45 Kuro, the 6.25x52 Kifaro, the 6.5x44 Punda Milia, the 6.5x56 Kiboko, the 7.25x54 Victoria Falls, and the 7.5x50 Tembo. Adding to the authenticity of the cigar line's overall theme is that its different sizes are all named after African animals in one of the continent's native languages. The Duma has an interesting filler blend of tobacco from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Cameroon. Its binder is Nicaraguan and the cigar is finished off with a 1999 Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The Don Lino Africa Duma is considered full-bodied and is handmade in Nicaragua.

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You immediately get the entire Africa vibe when looking at the Duma's band. The band is reminiscent of African tribal shields in its color and patterns and it encompasses a big “A” on the front as well as the Don Lino Africa moniker. The cigar itself has a oily wrapper with a dark-reddish color. Even without the band this is one nice looking cigar. Very few veins are noticeable, and the cigar feels pretty firm despite some lumpiness. A quick smell has a barnyard tone to it and the the stick has a cold taste that is a bit sweet.






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