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Flatbed Panacea Red Robusto

webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 6,068 ✭✭✭✭✭
It seems like a lot of my reviews get no replies, either because they are of premium cigars no one has heard about or of yard gars no one gives a crap about. This one may fall into the former category. You just don't bump into it, but it deserves notice.

In my quest for a quality American cigar, I ran onto the Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail (http://www.vawineandcigar.com) , a worthy idea promoted by a Virginia company named Cigar Volante (literally Flying Cigar -- http://www.cigarvolante.com) which sells Panacea Cigars, blended by a Pennsylvania company named Flatbed Cigar (http://www.flatbedcigars.com). All in all, these cats may have more brands working than they have outlets to buy them. Their theme is old school Americana, but the sticks are rolled in the Dominican using Nic and Dom leaves. Anyhoo, when looking for somewhere to ride a couple weekends back, I bumped onto a street fair in Rock Hall Merryland where Cigar Volante intended to host a booth. Never having seen a cigar booth at a street fair, nor a flying cigar, I dragged Bearswatter down there. I rewarded her attendance with trinkets, and mine with five cigars: a red label, a green, a black, a blue (they call it azul), and a white. Eight bucks a pop; thirty two for five. Stowed them in the humi to condition. Here's the first one I removed, yesterday, and lit up while watching football in the garage.

The Panacea Red is variously described on line as having a Brazilian Maduro or a Habano wrapper. The Flying Cigar gal pronounced it habanyo, with an enye. But it doesn't have that reddish tinge. A dark chocolate color. Their robusto is five by fifty, the perfect size for me. Construction appeared top notch. This one had a few minute white spots which I assume were incipient mold; probably the result of spending a hot muggy weekend outdoors at the booth.. The foot smelled sweet, cocoa, and molasses. From the taste, I'd guess habano, not maduro. It uncapped easily. Unlit draw was medium tight. Again, cocoa sweet, molasses.

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She lit up pretty quick with one match toasting the foot. Immediately, I got plenty of smoke, with cool smooth sweet cocoa and molasses. Had to be the smoothest retrohale ever, all cocoa. The odor of the smoke was plainly more molasses than cocoa. And the flavor soon followed. A few minutes in, it was molasses all the way, taste, odor, retro. The flavor coated my mouth. Got a tight charcoal colored ash that clung for two inches. When it fell, it revealed a conical red cherry. Flavor kept increasing as I went along... didn't change, just increased. Would be a well behaved indoor smoke, with such a nice aroma and tight ash. Got really creamy from the second third back. Very flavorful, but creamy smooth. Lasted an hour and three quarters. Never bit once, never hot, never harsh. Delicious. Nothing complex; just one thing done very well.

Now came the best part. Afterwards, I had a tasty molasses stinkfinger. Could not stop sniffing digits. Tasted that gem all night. Reminded me of the AJ Fernandez Fresh Rolled that way. So good, in fact, that I kicked the rating up by half a star just for the after party effect. This morning, I still have a potent tasty morning mouth which I'll bet will linger all day. A fine companion to coffee. No wheeze.

I rate this four and a half big old voluptuous sexy stars, like Kelly Preston in Twins or Uma in Dangerous Liasons stars. Sexy young tig ol bitties. Telling you, if you run onto this rare gem, go for it.

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)


Comments

  • j0z3rj0z3r Posts: 9,403
    I don't think many around here have had that brand. I was gifted a sampler and I thought they were pretty good. I had one big complaint though, the draw was tight on most that I tried, it's hard to enjoy the cigar when you're struggling to get a decent puff of smoke. I wouldn't mind revisiting the brand.
  • First, thanks to Davis for a great review and good conversation at Rock Hall. Second, in all of the Panacea Cigars that I have smoked I have never - NEVER had a tight draw. Send me a personal note, [email protected] and we will get to the bottom of it. These cigars have some of the coolest, free-est draws that I have run into. Oh, but I am biased ;-).

    Ron
  • j0z3rj0z3r Posts: 9,403
    Nothing to get to the bottom of Ron, this was a while ago and I certainly don't hold it against the brand. As I recall, I had my trouble with torpedos, the Robusto had a great draw and excellent construction.
  • Sorry for the confusion, I must have been distracted by a Wench ( it WAS the Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend, after all) but the binder is Habano.

    " Brazilian maduro wrapper and Habano binder surround a blend of Seco Cubano, Ligero Piloto Cubano, Ligero Olor Dominicano, and Ligero Nicaragua."

    I can't wait to hear what you have to say about the balance.

    CV
  • jlmartajlmarta 50 miles from ParadisePosts: 7,371 ✭✭✭✭✭
    j0z3r:
    Nothing to get to the bottom of Ron, this was a while ago and I certainly don't hold it against the brand. As I recall, I had my trouble with torpedos, the Robusto had a great draw and excellent construction.


    I very frequently have draw problems with torpedoes of most brands/blends....so much so, that I no longer buy any cigars with pointy heads. I blame it on the torcedores having to 'twist' the leaves in order to shape the point.

    I'll still struggle through a figurado if it's been gifted to me but I don't plan to buy any more. JMHO

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  • catfishbluezzcatfishbluezz Posts: 7,001
    Damn...that sounds really good....
  • BigshizzaBigshizza Posts: 15,401 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sounds tasty..excellent quest and find Davis!! Love your reviews, keep em coming
  • webmostwebmost Dull-AwarePosts: 6,068 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hey guess what, guys... I dropped in on the B&M on the way to handball tonight amd they have some Panaceas. Apparently, the flying cigar guy musta made it up this far at one time. I spotted a bunch of black label singles and I spotted a red label box. I don't know what others they may have. Catfish, BigShizz, if you want me to pick some up and shoot them to you, for you to try, drop me a PM.

    “It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)


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