Don Lino 1989 Maduro

Up for review today is the Don Lino 1989 Maduro. These come in a natural Connecticut wrapper as well, but I didn’t pick any up. I have little background info, other then the blend. Without wasting any more time, I offer you my thoughts on the Don Lino 1989 Maduro…


Wrapper: Maduro

Binder: Indonesian

Filler: Colombian, Mexican, Nicaraguan

Size: 5 x 50

Price: Around $6.00


Pre-smoke & Construction:

The dark maduro wrapper looked good, with only a few bumps and veins here and there. The cigar was evenly packed and bounced back when squeezed. I detected a slight sweet earthiness when sniffing the wrapper and foot. The pre-light draw was loose, and had a sweet natural tobacco taste.

The ash held for under an inch, and I did several burn corrections.



The first few puffs were a simple earthy taste. It didn’t take long for nutty and coffee notes started to drown out the earthiness. A slight sweet spice was noticed when passing the smoke through the nose. The smoke feel was a bit dry but not annoying.


The coffee and nuttiness continued through the second third. Dry cocoa notes would appear from time to time. The smoke became creamy and very smooth. The sweet spice became more peppery as this third came to a close.


Cedary/woody notes lingered in the background during the last third. Like before, coffee and nutty flavors continued to dominate the flavor profile. Up next was an unidentified sweetness. The spice and pepper lost most of its punch but it let me know it was there. The smoke remained creamy and coated the inside of the mouth.



This was a good medium to full bodied cigar. Overall I enjoyed the flavor profile and despite it not changing a lot, I didn’t get bored. My final verdict is that the Don Lino 1989 Maduro is worth trying, just don’t expect to be wowed.

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9 Responses to “Don Lino 1989 Maduro”

Luke - AspiringGent March 9th, 2010 at 2:22 am

Looks from the pics like it burnt a little funny/unevenly?

Tom March 9th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Yup I did a few burn corrections, but in the end wasn’t horrible.

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Smitty September 10th, 2010 at 11:34 am

Your review is spot on. I liked them a bit more than you did, actually, but at $6.00, you’re right. However, Holt’s is now selling them in their “six pack to go” category for $12 (Sept. 2010) and at $2 per, these are an amazing bargain.

Roger February 13th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Thanks for the review! I got a Don Lino from a sampler pack, and amidst the ABs, RPs, and wonderful Cain, I kind of threw it in the back of the humidor amongst my bargain smokes, figuring it was just filler. Now I’m excited to give it a try!

Frank April 13th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I’ve smoked about 50-80 of these. They burn uneven if you try to smoke them when you first get them. I’ve found that after 2-3 weeks in the humidor they do very well. Thompson cigar had them 25 for $75. Was a great deal for a consistent smoke.

Negro November 22nd, 2015 at 1:53 pm

I’ve smoked a few of these and thguoht they were just okay’. I experienced some tunneling on 2 of 3 that I have smokes. Flavor is better than construction.VA:F [1.9.22_1171]———————–Agree or disagree?(from 0 votes) April 6th, 2016 at 10:49 am

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