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Cigar Geeks Geek Critique

Flatbed Cigar Co. Panacea Red - Maduro/ Habano Grande 560
Written by Cigar Geeks Member: vroomp (Vroomp)
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 Vodka & Grapefruit

Pre-Light: 18 Points of 10 Possible

This cigar has a fairly light colored wrapper for a Maduro and mine is even a bit two-toned fading lighter towards the head. There are a couple prominent veins showing and the seams are quite evident. The cap seems well applied and the canon is very firm and solid feeling. The cap took to the V-cut well and the cold draw is sweet hay and leather.

Light & Burn: 12 Points of 15 Possible

Just after lighting, this cigar tunneled about half an inch due to a split in the binder. Fortunately, it eventually corrected the burn line on it's own and I had no further issues with burn. The ash is a very dark grey but holds well to about 2 inches before falling away to reveal a lovely cone. The smoke output was a bit on the low side for the first half of the stick but it did increase nicely after the mid-way point.
It took me just 1 hour and 20 minutes to finish the cigar.

Construction: 27 Points of 30 Possible

The draw seemed fine on this stick but I was disappointed in the smoke volume for the first half and had to take extra puffs to get a good mouthful of smoke. The wrapper stayed intact as did the cap for the duration of the cigar. The minor tunneling was a result of a split in the binder, which is very thick on this cigar.

Flavor: 32 Points of 45 Possible

The first half of this stick was quite mild and produced some nicely blended flavors of oak, dried fruits (like Apricots & Prunes) as well as some light spices. There was some light pepper evident through the nose in the first half as well. The flavors don't change a lot during the smoke but transitin to a slightly fuller body and strength towards the end with the blend tasting a bit more like molasses or caramel with hints of coffee and leather. The finish was short and sweet and left a slight saltiness on the tongue. The nub was probably the best part of the cigar with the most flavor and strongest body.

Summary

All in all this was a pretty good cigar. Although I am not usually a fan of the larger ring sizes, I do occasionally smoke them when time permits. The problem I have with the larger rings is smoke output. It seems to take a lot more effort to get a good volume of smoke from a fat stick and this one was no exception, although it did increase towards the end making it much more enjoyable. The flavors, while remaining constant for the most part, were well blended and balanced and provided for a very relaxing and tasty smoke!



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