Don Lino Africa Kifaro

Don Lino Africa Kifaro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6.25" x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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There is a lot of Internet talk about these new smokes that include tobaccos from Nicaragua, Africa, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Mostly, it’s positive in nature. Unfortunately, my experience hasn’t been so upbeat.

Appearance : ★★★★☆
This dark, oily-wrappered cigar has a nice overall look. There were a couple of prominent veins, but it’s hard to notice such shortcomings with the flamboyant band this smoke sports.

Construction : ★★☆☆☆
Although the draw of this smoke was acceptable, the burn was not. I had runs, re-lights, touch-ups . . . you name it. On top of these, the ash flaked and flowered worse than any smoke I’ve endured. I would rate it a flat 0 stars in this category, but I’ve had other Africa’s that had similar issues, but not to the extent of this particular smoke.

Don Lino Africa Kifaro

Flavor : ★★☆☆☆
Wet leather. I have smoked several of these sticks and this is what I get. Of course, having read other positive reviews, I have gone back and re-read some of them to see what I’m missing. Most mention an earthy or cocoa taste. I can see the cocoa comments, as there were times that I thought same were exhibited in this smoke. As for earthy, unless it’s wet dirt they are referencing, I don’t know what these guys are smoking?

Anyway, the flavors probably aren’t quite as bad as I may make it sound. If you like this taste, you would probably call it a creamy earthy taste and I could agree with that. However, I don’t particularly enjoy such flavors. I also don’t enjoy an overly dry smoke, but this one sports just too much cream, or wetness, for my tastes.

Value : ★★★☆☆
This is a medium-priced cigar and, although I don’t particularly enjoy the flavor profile, if you do, then it’s certainly a good value.

Overall Rating : ★★☆☆☆
Personally, I don’t understand the buzz surrounding this cigar. It comes in a pretty box and sports an ornate band, but that’s about all the good I could find. The flavors are just too muddied for my tastes.

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6 Comments on “Don Lino Africa Kifaro”

  1. Nice review. I’ve smoked about 5 of these myself (in a different size, though) and had construction issues with all but one…serious, irritating construction issues. I found that dry boxing them for a day before smoking them helped, but didn’t alleviate the problems. As for the taste, I thought it was actually decent. I got a heavy, dark wood flavor, with cocoa, and leather. I didn’t see it as too dry or too creamy, but then again, mine were a different vitola. All-in-all, the taste wasn’t good enough to make me put up with the burn issues again.

    I don’t get the hype either. I think maybe it’s because you can get them super cheap on the bidding site, and so people want to feel that they’re getting a fantastic deal. After being disappointed a few times, I just don’t fall for hype anymore.

  2. I bought a box of the Robusto size, I forget if they called them something else, but they were very good. Also tried the Toro and even better. I have a standing order for a box of these every other month.

  3. I have had a few that were better with age but nothing to really make me want to run out and buy a box though–Good Review!

  4. Yeah, I sure agree with you. I had nothing but burn issues and I have gone back to try them again a few times but I just don’t get why others think they are so good. I found them to be fairly bland.

  5. I totally agree with nothing special about thi cigar,exerpt for the box,which almost looks likelike a small ornate humidor.The cigar itself is a bummer,whichever size!

  6. My Review

    The skies have begun to cloud over and the temperature is sitting at a nice level for cigar smoking. I peruse my selection, unable to decide what to smoke this fine evening. From a shadowy corner of the deck I hear a sound. “Psst.” Turning and looking I see someone standing there with an object in his hand. “Need a cigar?”. Taking the proffered stick, I examine it carefully. By the time I look up, the figure is gone.

    The stick in question is the Don Lino Africa. This stick is just beautiful. A rich, dark, red wrapper with smooth veins and no visible blemishes. First examination of the cigar reveals a rich, cocoa and peppery scent.
    Upon lighting I get a lot more of the peppery taste and scent now, this continues throughout the cigar. Occasionally the cigar evidences more cocoa, and has light scents of leather and woodsmoke. The burn is even, the ash is nearly white, but a bit flaky. As the cigar continues it only seems to get spicier. Other reviews I have read have not referenced this white pepper flavor that I am detecting, This is my second Africa, and both have had this flavor, I can only assume it is something it develops after having aged a while. The last couple inches are a pleasant reminder to me of what a cigar should be like.

    Final Statement

    I would put this well into the medium strength group. No real light headedness from it, but a nice relaxed feel. The flavors are perfectly meshed together and really stand out. The pepper flavors I picked up may be a bit strong for people just starting out, but they really make this cigar a very unique experience and provide a memorable taste. I hope to find some more of these soon.

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