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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Flatbed Cigar Co. Panacea Red - Maduro/ Habano Grande 560
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Cigary (Cigary)
92
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 Drambuie

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

Ok here goes...did a bit of read up on this cigar and w/o even smelling it or smoking it I like it as it has everything I like in a cigar. Upon taking a closer look it does have a lighter color to it but it cuts nice and isn't overly hard. A dry taste confirms my suspicion that it's something I can't wait to get into.

Light & Burn: 14 Points of 15 Possible

Usually a bigger RG tends to make me gun shy as there seems to be a draw issue with them. This is packed just right and gives me a nice volume of smoke...not too much and certainly not too little. The ash usually lets one know some important aspects and this one gives more of a grayish with slight dark lines...but more gray than anything. It burns very nicely and slow and only required one additional light.

Construction: 29 Points of 30 Possible

Very impressed with the draw on such a 'girthy' cigar, and it cut very easily with my Boston V Cutter. Usually I can find construction issues but this one...somebody took some time to roll this one with care.

Flavor: 31 Points of 45 Possible

First thing about this kind of cigar is that it comes across as very traditional in flavors...not overly complex which is something I tend to follow in my quest for good cigars. It does give one some complex flavors but it shifts from one to another pretty quickly. During the first third I noticed it comes off as pretty medium and thought that this might not be my cup o tea as I like a cigar that lets you know it has body and strength to it. I was not disappointed during the second third as it kicked into gear with leather and spices and a slight sweet molasses which keeps the body  where it belongs...it's the finish of any cigar that keeps me interested and this one did not disappoint. The last third is good...I like that it didn't get too strong like a lot of cigars usually do at the end..this one just got a bit more stronger...maybe a medium to full but never did have a full body/strength to it at anytime as the finish on this cigar kept it tamed down.

Summary

Since I only had a few weeks to let this cigar marinate I wonder what would happen with 6 months of rest...I'm pretty sure with how it's made it will balance even more and to prove my point I bought a 5 pack. This is a cigar that will grow into itself and become something I will want at least a dozen or so in reserve for the future.  Thanks for the opportunity to smoke this cigar...my second cigar of this brand.



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