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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Flatbed Cigar Co. Panacea Red - Maduro/ Habano Grande 560
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Johncw (johncw)
89
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 Water

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

Marble brown in color. Oily feel and sheen. A few small veins. Very solid feel with no voids or soft spots. A sweet tobacco aroma with some hay/grass mixed in as I pulled it from the cello. Cut very easily even though it's a big stick.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Very easy lite. About a 1/2 inch in started to get some small runs in a couple of spots. The cigar corrected it self fairly quickly. Cigar burned a little uneven though the entire smoke. Ash was gray in color and held for about an inch and had a nice cone shape as the ash fell. The ash was fairly solid. I wish there was more smoke output with the size of this cigar but was still very satisfied.

Construction: 30 Points of 30 Possible

A little restrictive on the pre-lite draw and pretty much through out the entire cigar. No worries because it didn't effect the enjoyment at all. Very sturdy feel and the cigar never got spongy. The cap held on firm as until the end. I'm not a huge 60 ring guage guy but the construction on this was perfect.

Flavor: 28 Points of 45 Possible

1/3- The first things that hit me was a sweet tobacco flavor with baking spice on the retro and finishing with baking chocolate.
2/3- Continuation of baking spice with leather and molasses mixed in.
3/3- The leather took over a little more with the baking spice

Summary

Overall I enjoyed this cigar. The flavors left me wanting more of the bold tastes I've had with the smaller vitola of the same cigar. Construction was dead on and I had very little issues with the burn. Very nice cigar and glad I was able to review it. Thank you Roger for providing the cigars.



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