Friday, October 17, 2008

Panacea Cigars

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Let me tell you about some great new boutique cigars I've recently discovered from the Flatbed Cigar Company called Panacea. "Panacea" by definition, is a cure for all ills or problems. I know from personal experience that if a cigar smokes smoothly and effortlessly and tastes great, than it is definitely a panacea for me.

The two cigars that I smoked for this review, the Panacea Natural robusto (50 ring gauge by 5 inches) and the Panacea Maduro perfecto (51 ring gauge by 6 inches) are hand crafted with quality in mind. The owner of the Flatbed Cigar Company, Mr. Paul Bush has partnered with experienced cigar artesans (with more than 60 years combined experience) in the Dominican Republic who have done work with high quality cigar producers like Davidoff, to manufacture his cigars with the same attention to detail.

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There are two blends in this brand. The Natural is wrapped with a beautiful buttery smooth vein free Ecuadorian Connecticut shade tobacco leaf, while the Maduro has an oily and toothy Brazilian Maduro tobacco swirled with varying shades of dark brown. The filler and binder is the same in both, which is a Dominican binder, Cuban seed Seco and Ligero, Olor Dominicano, and Nicaraguan tobacco.

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Both of the cigars smoked easily and was not at all over powering. They had a nice draw which produced a creamy mouthful of smoke. The Natural cigar was smooth and exhibited flavors of sweet creamy vanilla, cedar, a touch of pepper, and cloves. The cigar had a toasty quality to it and showed consistency in it's flavor with the strength increasing to medium towards the end of the smoke.

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The Maduro version also was pretty consistent and smooth with nice coffee overtones, toasted wood, roasted nut creaminess, and mild spices. The cigar transitioned from medium to full with strong flavors of cedar, nuts and white pepper riding high at the end. The resting smoke of this cigar is fantastic with strong notes of espresso and spice.

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Overall, I found this low production cigar to be quite impressive. The quality of construction is similar to what you would find on most premium cigars from big name manufacturers. I also like the fact that this Bucks County, PA company doesn't follow lock-step with the latest trend of trying to make full-bodied powerhouse smokes. Instead, the Panacea cigars cater to all levels of smokers for refined and relaxing enjoyment. Give them a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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These cigars can be purchased from retailers listed on the Flatbed Cigar Company website or from the manufacturer directly.

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