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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Flatbed Cigar Co. Panacea Red - Maduro/ Habano Grande 560
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: Biggsy16 (biggsy16)
83
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 booze

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This is a great looking cigar with a nice simple band, great dark chocolate color, and one vien visible. No soft spots detected and it looked the way a cigar should look IMO. The cap cut easy and the cigar was tightly packed.

Light & Burn: 13 Points of 15 Possible

Started with a match and got an licorice taste off the bat. It was sweet to start and medium strength. Also tasted cedar and leather on the retro-hale. The cigar produced lots of smoke and burned well with no touch ups required.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The construction was excellent and the cap easily cut off. No problems with the wrapper for the entire burn. The draw was good with no need of extra tools. The cigar was heavy in the hand and smelled sweet.

Flavor: 25 Points of 45 Possible

As mentioned previously, I noticed a sweet taste in the first third and medium in strength. The second third had a little more spice and woodsy leather tastes. The final third dropped off in flavour for me and became less smooth with more tabacco tastes. It stayed medium in strength for the entire cigar.

Summary

Great looking and solid cigar though not over powering. It was a different option for me than I am used to. The first two thirds I really enjoyed and the final third was more of an average cigar to me. Thank you Rodger for the chance to partake in this review.



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