Monday, September 26, 2011

Panacea Red 560 Review

Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Filler: Seco Cubano, Ligero Piloto Cubano, Dominican Ligero, Nicaraguan Ligero
Price: $6.00 - $7.00

This past weekend I stopped into a new cigar shop that just opened up by my house. The shop is called “The Smoking Dog” and is located in Maple Shade, New Jersey. It will soon be complete with a lounge, but that room is currently under construction. So if you are in the greater Philadelphia are, please stop in a check out the store.

The owner, Jonnette, informed me that their official Grand Opening will be the weekend of October 14th. They will have their lounge open by then, deals on cigars, and even a cigar roller. When I was in there, she gave me a couple cigars to try because Panacea cigars will be featured during their grand opening. So I was happy to review a couple cigars for her. This is the first one I reviewed.

This cigars looks perfectly constructed with a chocolate brown wrapper. The wrapper if flawless with not one vein running through it that causes any concern. The cigar is very stiff with a nice soft foot that makes it much easier to light. The cap is perfectly flush, and cuts very clean. There is also a nice chocolate smell coming off the cigar before I lit it.

Once I lit up the cigar there was a nice helping of spice, which usually comes along with the maduro wrapper. The spice quickly died down and allowed some nice earthy and sweet cedar notes to open up. By a little over an inch in, the cedar becomes very strong and stains the palate. A flavor this sweet is never bad when it coats the palate.

By halfway, the earthy tones build up a bit more and become more complex. There is a nice leather flavor that enters the equation and becomes a perfect complement to the cedar flavor. The last couple inches were amazing. The body picks up quite a bit and becomes a solid full bodied smoke. Some stronger spice notes come out while letting the smoke be very earthy. There is a perfect balance of cedar and leather notes that lead together for a great flavorful finish.

The ash on this cigar was quite dark. But it was very strong and held on for two thirds of the stick. The burn was a little wavy at times, but it always evened itself out. When a cigar is a 60 ring gauge it usually will have a flawless draw, this cigar was no exception to that rule. The smoke was very thick and heavy and produced a nice spicy aroma. I was also picking up some cedar notes throughout the aroma as well.

This isn’t a cigar for every smoker. It is definitely a full bodied stick. The flavor is surprising sweet throughout which I enjoyed very much. If you want to try this cigar, go for it. It’s a great price point as well for a stick of its size and quality. I give it an 8 out of 10.


Zack the Stogie Man

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