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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Flatbed Cigar Co. Panacea Red - Maduro/ Habano Grande 560
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Brian (bmac7754)
87
Cigar Geeks Rating

Welcome to another Member sponsored Geek Critique.  Up for review this time is the Flatbed Cigar Company Panacea Red 560.  Some of the hype surrounding the cigar: "PANACEA Red was released in April of 2009, eighteen months after the launch of our first cigar. Our Red label cigars are stronger than our Black label blends. This Red label is our Habano. A Brazilian Maduro wrapper with a Dominican Habano binder. The interior is Seco Cubano, Ligero Piloto Cubano, Ligero Olor Dominicano, and Ligero Nicaragua. The blend gives you a stronger PANACEA cigar, but maintains the smooth balance we are known for. No bite, no harshness. A full body, medium-strong in the strength department. Mellow enough to enjoy mid-day, but can stand up to a steak dinner too."  This cigar has been generously sponsored by our member Roger (Rbrushaber).  Thanks very much for your generosity Roger!

Length:
5
Ring Gauge:
60
Country Manufactured:
Dominican Republic
Filler:
Dominican Republic
Nicaragua
Binder:
Dominican Republic
Habano
Wrapper:
Brazil
Color:
Maduro
Strength:
Medium-Full
Shape:
Robusto Gordo

This cigar was enjoyed with Dunkin Donuts Coffee cream/sugar

Pre-Light: 16 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar has a medium brown shade wrapper with small veins and one large one running the length of the cigar.  Near the cap the wrapper is all bunched up as if in a hurry to finish this one.  The cigar is big and is very solid to the touch.  The cap cut perfect, which I always worry about when slicing a large ring cigar.  It has a nice earthy aroma and easy pre-light draw.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

The lighting was pretty simple even for a large ring, took only a few seconds to catch and start burning.  I did have some tunneling going on during the first third which required two touchups but no problems after that.  The ash was solid, hung on for just about 2 inches at a time and had a white & gray color to it.  The smoke volume was great when puffing on it but almost non-existent when resting in the ashtray.

Construction: 25 Points of 30 Possible

The construction on this cigar was fair.  It did have the messed up wrapper between the band and cap, and a huge vein running from head to foot.  The roll was tight and firm, and the draw was great for a larger ring cigar.  It has a simple band applied which was more than enough.

Flavor: 34 Points of 45 Possible

First third – This cigar starts off with a leather and chocolate combination. Leaves behind a nutty aftertaste with almost seems like vanilla in it.

Second Third –  Still has a leather flavor but seems to be taking on a cedar blend mixed with oak. Also there is a pepper spice getting introduced and at times it has a floral accent when exhaling through the nose.

Last third –  Great finishing flavors of cedar balanced by cocoa and a twist of spice.  It became very mellow and smooth all the way to the nub

Summary

Overall this was a great cigar to smoke.  I liked the various flavor changes and the thick clouds of smoke left behind.  It never became bitter or harsh and had a great burn line after the first third corrections. The large ring had a great draw, but I would probably enjoy this line in a smaller ring size.  

It was medium strength through the first two thirds and finishes off with a full strength feeling.  It takes about an hour to smoke, and I would highly recommend this to somebody who is thinking about these.



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