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Flatbed Cigar Co. Panacea Red Habano - Cigar Review

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THE CIGAR
Flatbed Cigar Co.
Panacea Red Habano
Torpedo
w. Brazilian Maduro
b. Dominican
f. Dominican and Nicaraguan
m. Dominican Republic

"Our strongest cigar to date. A full bodied, full strength cigar. Brazilian maduro wrapper and Habano binder surround blend of: Seco Cubano, Ligero Piloto Cubano, Ligero Olor Dominicano, and Ligero Nicaragua. Like our PANACEA Black Maduro - this cigar is smooth and balanced. The difference is in the taste and strength. PANACEA Red has all the nutty, spicy, and sweet flavors of the black, but in a bolder body and pallet [sic]. If you like a strong cigar but insist it be balanced, this cigar will become your favorite." -- www.FlatbedCigarCompany.com
A -full profiled blend which retains a well-balanced delivery. Body is leathery oils sans cream, ending in a bittersweet spiced and long-legg'd finish which ends cleanly. Flavors hit all marks of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami -- with clear delineations twixt 'em. Errs towards a bit of dryness, but never abrades palate. There is a gentle oily tingle on the tip o' me tongue. Strength: strong like bull, but enters and grows in a gentlemanly manner. I schvitzed verily, gentlepersons. Had a nice warmth in my chest and, later, challah-basket -- without hitting me in the throat.

Up-front primary notes of mulling spices, French roast coffee, caramel/molasses sweetnesses. Middlings offer-up a black pepper which begins by riding high, then dials back-some. Chili powder, which travels in the opposite fashion. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire of sweetly smoked mesquite. Beef jerky with salty nigh soy sauce attachment. Dried fruits, dark grains. Leather rises as smoke progresses. A yeasty vibed pipe-like presentation to tobacco. Under-belly is a solid stage and heighty --consisting of rich manure and dried compost. Some waxy dark chocolate shavings appear past the mid-point.

Construction is solidly rustic. Excellent weight and balance in the mitt. Stays packed to a -firm density down to ye olde nubbeth. Dense matte sheen over-top of quite toothy wrapper. Maduro complected with burnt sienna under-hues particularly surrounding veins. Them veins are of an average+ amount, but none are broad nor crimped. Seams are nigh invisible on shaft, a half-tick looser at tapered cap; but tightens up there once heated. Draw is a medium+ tension.

Smoke is of a moderate out-put throughout. Burns straight on-down sans two light re-touches -- one at mid-point and another at start of 3/3; each on a tick of lagging top-leaf. Slow and steady pacing throughout. Burnt offerings are as solid a toothy sheathing as imaginable, medium-grey hue'd. So dense, that a rolling off is recommended as to not over-insulate burn. Top-leaf/binder/wrapper are supremely in sync. Smoke is cool, satiation even, wire-to-wire. Offers up a woodsy and leathery pipe tobacco-forward room-note.

FINAL GRADE
****B+****
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